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Three Jewish Community Camps (JCCs) Receive FJC Funding to Launch Innovative Programming

Three Jewish Community Camps (JCCs) Receive FJC Funding to Launch Innovative Programming Efforts Will Increase Year-Round and Lifelong Jewish Engagement NEW YORK — JCC Association of North America is pleased to announce that three of its Jewish Community Camps (JCCs) have received generous funding from Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) to launch innovative programming to increase … Continued

Parashat Vayishlach: Finding Peace and Blessings in Reconciliation

By Annette McCann This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43), focuses on Jacob in the days leading up to his reunion with his older, twin brother Esau. Jacob has returned home to Canaan after 22 years of living in exile with his uncle, Laban. He has acquired great fortune—wives, children, property—but coming back to … Continued

Zionism 3.0: Reimagining Diaspora-Israel Relations

By Zack Bodner Think about the Jews you know— both in the Diaspora and in Israel. Now, among them, do you know a Diaspora Jew whose relationship with Israel has become tainted by Israel’s politics or policy decisions—specifically Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians or non-Orthodox Jews? What about an Israeli who couldn’t care less about … Continued

Thanksgiving Goings-On in the JCC Movement

By Jane E. Herman American Thanksgiving traditionally is celebrated at home in the company of family and friends. Of course, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing is as it should be this year. Here’s a quick round-up of some Thanksgiving-themed activities at JCCs across the United States. As a home away from home to many … Continued

Parashat Vayeitze: Where Disappointment and Gratitude Co-Exist

By Vanessa Stark Waye This week we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S., acknowledging and giving thanks for all the bounties we have received this year! Have you been counting your blessings and feeling grateful for 2020 or, more likely, have you been thrown off course and feeling down or deeply disappointed by the events of … Continued

Remembering Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

By Samantha Cohen Saturday, November 7, 2020 is a day I’ll never forget. With my windows wide open amidst unseasonably warm weather in New York City, I could hear the reaction to the announcement that the U.S. presidential election had been called for Joe Biden, as cheering crowds and drivers honking their horns joined in … Continued

Parashat Chayei Sarah: Permission to Live Fully

By Isabel Mares “Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.” – Audre Lorde “Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.” – Tom Wolfe If there were a single word for the human spirit, it would be resilient. In … Continued

JCC Professionals Selected as Fellows in Mandel Executive Leadership Program

16-Month Training Program Helps Advance Jewish Life in North America NEW YORK — JCC Association of North America is pleased to announce that seven JCC professionals have been selected to participate in Cohort III of the Mandel Executive Leadership Program. The 16-month program offers leaders in Jewish nonprofit organizations opportunities to learn, network, and strategize … Continued