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Grinspoon Foundation’s JCamp 180 Awards Grants to 25 JCC Day Camps

Grinspoon Foundation’s JCamp 180 Awards Grants to 25 JCC Day Camps Monies will fund physical improvements to enhance camper experiences NEW YORK—Twenty-five Jewish Community Center (JCC) day camps recently were awarded matching grant funds from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in a competitive challenge grant initiative of JCamp 180, a flagship program of the Grinspoon Foundation. … Continued

JCC Association Adds Two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professionals to Staff

JCC Association Adds Two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professionals to Staff Charged With Advancing and Augmenting the Movement’s Accessibility and Inclusion Work NEW YORK — JCC Association of North America has hired two diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professionals to build a foundation that positions the organization as a leader in the work of DEI for the … Continued

JCCs: Right for Right Now

Hamas’ terror campaign from Gaza during the last 11 days turned our attention, thoughts, and concerns to the people of Israel. The dramatic security headlines crowded out opportunities to consider other developments of interest to the JCC Movement and North America’s Jewish community. One of these developments was the release of the Pew Research Center’s … Continued

Parashat Naso: Like Gifts to the Divine, Every Human Being Has Value

By Rabbi Doniel Z. Kramer, Ph.D. This week’s Torah portion (Numbers 4:21-7:89), which almost always follows the Festival  of Shavuot, is called Naso—“to lift up” (Numbers 4:22), because it begins with various responsibilities placed upon the family of Levites, who are to be “lifted up” to perform specific sacerdotal duties. Our Rabbis derive another lesson … Continued

The Right Call: שבת שלום | Shabbat Shalom, 3 Sivan, 5781

The Right Call The rockets started falling on Monday. And then came reports of violent Arab mobs assaulting Jews and attacking synagogues and Jewish businesses in shared Arab-Jewish towns and cities. My phone has a Red-Alert app that buzzes whenever sirens are sounded in Israel, warning of the imminent impact of an inbound rocket or … Continued

The People of the Book

By Sara Sless The Jewish people often are referred to as “The People of the Book,” but this isn’t a name they gave themselves. Rather the term was coined by the Islamic tradition during the Middle Ages when Jews and Christians were referred to as “protected people” (ahlal‑dhimma or ahlal dhimmis) because they possessed a … Continued