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Posts by Morgan Weiss

Pam Jenoff’s love of the J is professional—and personal

Pam Jenoff knows her JCCs. As a bestselling author, she’s made the rounds of them during their arts, book and culture festivals, many of which take place during this month prior to Hanukkah. Historically, Jewish Book Month takes place at this time, and has since the 1940s. As a tribute to the People of the … Continued

On our nightstands

November is Jewish Book Month, which started back in the 1940s, when our friends at the Jewish Book Council moved what once was Shavuot-related book sales, to the month prior to Hanukkah. Many JCCs continue to host their annual cultural arts and book festivals at this time of year. There’s a reason we’re called the … Continued

Short Takes

A royal flush for special needs They really know how to play their hand at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The J held its Ninth Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament in October, raising more than $12,000 to benefit the JCC Special Needs Scholarship Fund. The money raised supports … Continued

Parashat Vayelech (Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30)

“Then Moses recited the words of this poem to the very end, in the hearing of the whole congregation of Israel.” (Deuteronomy 31:30) Parashat Vayelech begins the epilogue both to the book of Deuteronomy and the entire Torah. Moses continues to prepare the Israelites for the future even as he prepares to die. He writes … Continued

When camp staff go to camp

JCC Association hosted the 2016 Camp Conference for overnight camp professionals at Camp Barney Medintz in Cleveland, Georgia. The conference brought together 45 camp directors, associate directors, assistant directors, and program coordinators for three and a half days to share great programming practices and ideas, offer networking and learning opportunities, sessions with experts and more. … Continued

Breast cancer awareness: A shared responsibility

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and JCC Association Program Partner, Sharsheret, wants to get out the word. And they think JCCs are one of the best places to do so. The national not-for-profit organization supports young Jewish women of all backgrounds, and their families, when they are facing breast cancer. Their mission is to … Continued

Four-legged fun

JCCs are going to the dogs! This September, JCCs around the country welcomed four-legged friends into their communities for special events. Dogs were invited to JCC Bridgewater’s end of summer block party, which included dog blessings, a canine costume contest and free dog dental exams. Several communities opened their pools to the dogs before closing … Continued

A career spent making a difference

Over four decades, Lenny Silberman carved out a career in JCCs, eventually coming to work for JCC Association, where he made a national impact through his work on JCC Maccabi®. Today he continues to make a difference as chief executive officer of the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Pearl River. His goal was to make a … Continued