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What an Extraordinary Year for the JCC Movement!

By Jane E. Herman Although few people will be sorry to see 2020 go, the year, notwithstanding its unexpected challenges, offered innumerable opportunities for the JCC Movement to redefine and refine its work, collaborate in fresh and creative ways, and demonstrate resilience, flexibility, and stamina, all of which will benefit the movement and our Jewish … Continued

Silver Linings Amidst the Challenges

By Leah Garber The bright lights of Hanukkah have faded, leaving us in 2020’s darkest days—literally. With COVID-19 cases and deaths increasing, we are isolated, once again, in a third lockdown that is imposing new, harsh restrictions. Our world has closed, and we are left on our own to mourn more than 3,000 dead in … Continued

Parashat Vayigash: Change and Growth Are Always Possible

By Morgan Weiss וְעַתָּ֗ה יֵֽשֶׁב־נָ֤א עַבְדְּךָ֙ תַּ֣חַת הַנַּ֔עַר עֶ֖בֶד לַֽאדֹנִ֑י וְהַנַּ֖עַר יַ֥עַל עִם־אֶחָֽיו׃ כִּי־אֵיךְ֙ אֶֽעֱלֶ֣ה אֶל־אָבִ֔י וְהַנַּ֖עַר אֵינֶ֣נּוּ אִתִּ֑י פֶּ֚ן אֶרְאֶ֣ה בָרָ֔ע אֲשֶׁ֥ר יִמְצָ֖א אֶת־אָבִֽי׃ “Therefore, please let your servant remain as a slave to my lord instead of the boy, and let the boy go back with his brothers. For how can I go … Continued

What’s So Great About Israel in the Winter?

By Sara Sless George Winston’s “Winter,” one in a series of albums that follows the changing seasons, is among my favorites. Click on the link, turn up your speakers and enjoy! We have just passed the winter solstice, and although the length of the days will now increase, the wet and stormy weather has just … Continued

Parashat Miketz: Teshuvah and the Power of Dreams

By Isabel Mares “Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” – John Updike Every moment of our lives holds within it an opportunity to show up. As human beings, we dream up countless scenarios of how, and who, we will be in any given circumstance. Will we be … Continued

Giving Back Is the Loving Legacy of a JCC Maccabi® Athlete

By Jane E. Herman Matt Jacobs and Rich Cohen, z’l, had a decades-long friendship—and they have the JCC Maccabi Games® to thank for it. Although the two grew up only a few miles apart in neighboring towns—Jacobs in Scarsdale, Cohen in Edgemont—they first met as scrawny 14-year-olds during tryouts for the U14 (14 and under) … Continued

Parashat Vayeshev: Why We Need Resilience in These Times

By Yael Warach This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23), introduces us to the dramatic tale of Joseph and his “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” It’s the well-known story of Joseph’s journey from favored son and hated brother to Egyptian slave to (formerly respected and now imprisoned) servant. While a life that ping-pongs between such highs … Continued

Eight Bright Lights From the JCC Field

By Jane E. Herman According to Jewish tradition, Beit Shammai (the House of Shammai) and Beit Hillel (the House of Hillel) disagreed about everything—including how to light the hanukkiyah, the Hanukkah menorah. Beit Shammai proposed that we begin with all eight candles lit and decrease the light by one candle each night. Beit Hillel, of … Continued

JWB Jewish Chaplains® Awarded PJ Library Grant to Enrich Outreach to Jewish Military Families

NEW YORK — JWB Jewish Chaplains Council® (JWB), a signature program of JCC Association of North America, has received a grant of $15,000 from PJ Library’s Alliance partners to expand and deepen outreach and support to Jewish military families. With the funding, JWB has established the “JWB Empowered Parents Initiative” and hired five parent ambassadors … Continued