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שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 24 Adar 5779

PEBBLES IN THE POND On Wednesday afternoon, the largest JCCs of North America Professional Conference (ProCon) in the history of our movement wrapped up in Orlando, Florida as nearly 550 professionals from more than 90 JCCs across 34 states, four provinces and two continents began the journey home. Following four extraordinary days which featured 99 … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 17 Adar 5779

The View from Jerusalem For the past few days, I have had the privilege, together with JCC Association’s board chair, Gary Jacobs, and his wife Jerri-Ann, to participate in the Israel Leadership Mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (COP). Along with dozens of leaders from the American Jewish community, we … Continued

שבוע טוב ~ Shavua Tov, 5 Adar 5779

Counting Our Blessings Every week the challenge and the opportunity are the same. How can we best transmit our story to the JCC Movement when there’s so much to say? The achievements. The questions. The potential. The human stories. The context. The personal. And so, we are compelled to choose from an extraordinary list of possibilities that grows by … Continued

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם ~ Shabbat Shalom, 5 Shvat 5779

Hadar This past Tuesday, Israel and the Jewish people bade farewell to one of the last of the pioneers who shaped the modern state and restored our nation to sovereignty after nearly 2,000 years. Moshe Arens, z’l, was eulogized as a three-time minister of defense, minister of foreign affairs and Israel’s ambassador to the United … Continued

First Day of Pesach (Passover) (Exodus 12:21-51)

“At the end of the four hundred and thirtieth year, to the very day, all the ranks of the Lord departed from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:41) Because the first day of Pesach falls on Shabbat, the regular cycle of parashot (Torah portions) is interrupted by a special holiday reading. Not surprisingly, it focuses … Continued

Parashat Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33)

“And the priest shall offer then, one for sin offering and the other for a burn offering, and the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord…” (Leviticus 15:15) Parashat Metzora describes what happens when someone has tzara-at (a variety of erupting skin diseases), which is accepted as evidence of moral or spiritual failure. … Continued

Parashat Tazria

“On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” (Leviticus 12:3) Parashat Tazria describes the practices a woman who has given birth must follow. She may not touch anything sacred nor enter the mikdash, or sanctuary (Lev. 12:4). When she completes the waiting period (forty days for a baby boy and eighty … Continued

Parashat Sh’mini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

“Fire came forth from before God and consumed the burnt offering and the fat parts on the altar. And all the people saw, and shouted, and fell upon their faces.” (Leviticus 9:24) Seven is a big number in the Torah. The seventh day is Shabbat. The seventh month is Tishrei, when we celebrate Rosh Hashana … Continued

Parashat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36)

“This is the law of the guilt offering; it is most holy.” (Leviticus 7:1) Parashat Tzav describes how to offer the sacrifices listed in last week’s parasha (portion) and concludes with Aaron’s and his sons’ ordination as kohanim, or priests. This is one of the reasons the book of Leviticus is considered Torat Kohanim, or … Continued