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JCC Association Statement on Immigration

The first Jewish Community Centers were founded more than a century ago to teach Jews, newly arrived as immigrants, how to become good Americans. We succeeded in that mission, and Jews have served this land proudly through the decades, as civilians and in the military, contributing to the arts, the sciences, to government, business, and … Continued

A legacy of Jewish service: Remembering Pearl Harbor

This month’s Centennial Story focuses not on an individual, but on the fundamental work of the Jewish Welfare Board, the organization that was to eventually become JCC Association. That work continues today, and we take time to salute it as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the U.S. entry … Continued

Get ready for the fifth annual Arts & Culture Gathering!

Want a taste of culture in the heart of the big city—all with a unique, JCC spin? Then register now for JCC Association’s fifth annual Arts and Culture Gathering on Jan. 10 from 12 – 6 p.m. This has become one of JCC Association’s most meaningful programs for professional development in arts and culture. The … Continued

Sweating for a cause

By Marla Cohen The sweat doesn’t drip. It cascades off of me. I have no idea what my pulse is, but I think I’ve gone well beyond my target heart rate. I’m pedaling on a stationary Schwinn, alternating between 70 and 110 rpms with some heavy-duty tension on the flywheel. And I still have half … Continued

L’hitraot, but not goodbye, Rabbi Robinson!

The military might know him as a retired rear admiral. And Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained, may call him rabbi. Around the JCC Association office, we simply call him Harold. But to see the whole titled shebang— Rabbi Harold Robinson, Rear Admiral CHC USN Ret, director of JWB Jewish Chaplains … Continued

A twist on tradition

First a hearty mazal tov to Ronnie Fein, kosher food blogger, cookbook author, and frequent contributor to JCC Circle Monthly on recently being named the second recipient ever of the Gil Marks Award at Kosherfeast, a dinner that kicks off the enormous kosher food trade show, Kosherfest. Ronnie has graciously shared some of her Hanukkah-appropriate … Continued

Short Takes

JCC Association camps recognized for outstanding work Two JCC Association affiliated camps were recognized for their outstanding achievement at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s JCamp180 conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. Gretchen Gross, president of the board of directors at JCC received the “Outstanding Philanthropist Award” BB Camp, Oregon, won the “Gail Littman Memorial Legacy Stewardship Award.” Kol … Continued

A call to duty

Highest ranking Jewish military chaplain to head JWB Rabbi Irving Elson, a veteran of the Iraq war, was the highest-ranking Jewish chaplain in the military when he concluded his 35-year military career in September. Elson, a U.S. Navy captain, was serving as deputy chaplain of the United States Marine Corps when he retired. But don’t … Continued