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שבועה טוב ~Shavua Tov Tishrei 7, 5780

תשובה / T’Shuvah / Return Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we celebrate a singular Shabbat on the Jewish calendar. Shabbat T’Shuvah is dedicated to our return—our return to God, to the Torah, to our best selves. “On Rosh Hashanah,” the Unetaneh Tokef prayer begins, “it is inscribed – and on Yom Kippur it is … Continued

שבת שלום ~ Shabbat Shalom 6 Elul, 5779

There Was No Silence The Jewish calendar is ingenious. With more than 4,000 years of history, ours is a calendar literally filled with anniversaries of momentous events, both large and small; great celebrations and horrific tragedies. Many of the latter are commemorated on a single day, the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av | תשעה באב). And so, it … Continued

JCC Association of North America Welcomes Rabbi Tracy Kaplowitz, Former Air Force Captain, as New Director of Operations of JWB Jewish Chaplains Council

JCC Association of North America is excited to announce that this month, Rabbi Tracy J. Kaplowitz, Ph.D., will begin as the new director of operations of the agency’s signature program, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council (JWB). Kaplowitz brings to the role close to 15 years of experience as a spiritual leader and educator in the Jewish … Continued

שבוע טוב ~ Shavua Tov, 18 Tamuz 5779

Summer Time   I spent last Sunday at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake. I was there to visit my son, Elan, a madrich (counselor) for a bunk of 12-year-old boys. Though it wasn’t visiting day, Helene, the camp director, had encouraged me to drive up. I hadn’t managed to get there last summer, the first time I could … Continued

Scout Builds Aron Kodesh in Bahrain for Eagle Project

Guest Post By Takeshi Shiratori On Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain there is a small Jewish community of around 20 people. They use the Chapel of Hope as a place to hold weekly Shabbat services and celebrate high holidays. The chapel has some Jewish prayer books, enough for every member of the community to have … Continued

Doron Krakow Joins Board of JPRO Network

JCC Association of North America is honored to announce that the organization’s president and CEO, Doron Krakow, has joined the board of JPRO Network, an organization that connects, educates, inspires and empowers professionals working in the Jewish communal sector. Krakow was among a slate of six new officers to the JPRO board, which comprises top … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 5 Iyyar 5779

Greater Jewish Communities This week, the Jewish world marked Yom HaZikaron, the memorial day for those who have fallen in defense of the State of Israel or who have been killed in terrorist attacks against Israel and the Jewish people. We remembered 23,741 soldiers, including 95 names added this year. And we remembered 3,150 Jewish … Continued