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JCamps Shabbat Shalom/Shavua Tov

    JCamps Shabbat Shalom/Shavua Tov A weekly series with Rick Recht, guest artists, and JCC leadership JCamps Shabbat Shalom/Shavua Tov is a six-week, 12-segment video series designed to help JCC day camps end the week by welcoming Shabbat, and start the new week by saying farewell to Shabbat. It is made possible by a … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 27 Sivan, 5780

A Time to Come Together Earlier this week, the JCC of San Francisco’s announcement regarding lay-offs and budget cuts garnered a good deal of attention. One hundred and fifty staff—dedicated teachers and program managers, lifeguards and event producers, and both front and back-office personnel—each of them deprived of their livelihood and a community deprived of … Continued

We Must Be the Light in the Darkness

by Natalia Fisher Walking through the doors for the first time in two months, I was shocked at how I felt. I did not expect to feel this way. Without realizing it, I was holding my breath. We are learning to be together again in the time of Covid-19. I knew right away we would … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 14 Iyyar 5780

Fifteen Words What are we feeling? We’re eight weeks into the shutdown. Eight weeks since our lives were turned upside down. With our doors closed to most of what defines us as our community’s town square, we’ve retreated into our homes to shelter from the COVID-19 storm. We’ve lost friends, family, members of our community. … Continued

JCCs of North America Flagpole

A weekly rally of solidarity and song with Rick Recht, JCC leaders, clergy, and families on Facebook Live The Staenberg Family Foundation has launched the JCCs (Jewish Community Camps) of North America Flagpole, a community-wide rally of solidarity and song on four consecutive Wednesdays—May 13, 20, and 27, as well as June 3—at 7 p.m. CT/8 … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 23 Nissan, 5780

L’Dor v’Dor | לדור ודור From Generation to Generation What happens to perspective when we’re living through what can feel like an endless alternative reality? After five weeks of shutdown, it becomes more and more difficult to get our arms around how things will work, how they’ll look and feel when this crisis is over. … Continued

$1B for the Day After: An Open Letter to the Jewish Funder Community

  Dear Partners, There are 164 JCCs across North America.  Collectively, their annual operating budgets total more than $1.6 billion and they employ over 38,000 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees.  Each year, their summer camps are home to more than 100,000 young people, campers and staff, and their early childhood education programs serve over 30,000 … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 24 Adar, 5780

What Does the Coronavirus Crisis Mean for the JCC Movement? Dear Friends of the JCC Movement, As we continue to monitor the evolving realities of the COVID-19 crisis, I want to update you on the devastating impact it is having on the JCC Movement and its Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps (JCCs) across … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 10 Adar, 5780

Leadership: Presumptions and Practice What comes to mind when we think about leadership? Mention the word, and in our heads, we immediately begin to assemble images of the great figures of all time: Moses, Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. Who would we carve into our own personal Mt. Rushmore? We are generally quick to imagine … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 26, Sh’vat, 5780

Modern Miracles Shabbat is near at hand here in Israel, and I’m taking in the sunset along the magnificent Tel Aviv beachfront with my son, Aaron—on leave for the weekend from his paratrooper unit, which is completing preparations for a four-month deployment along the Gaza border. Wow. That’s a more casually written sentence than I … Continued

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