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Shabbat Shalom 22 Kislev 5782 שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Read On My son, Aaron, is a student at Machon Pardes (The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies), where he is spending a semester studying Jewish texts—a spiritual journey taking the place of the kind of post-army trek to southeast Asia typical of many young Israelis. For Aaron, who received a limited formal Jewish education growing … Continued

We Must Be the Light in the Darkness

by Natalia Fisher Walking through the doors for the first time in two months, I was shocked at how I felt. I did not expect to feel this way. Without realizing it, I was holding my breath. We are learning to be together again in the time of Covid-19. I knew right away we would … Continued

Lending a Hand in Recovery

JCC Association’s Ellen Gettinger, professional development coordinator, offers a firsthand account of what it’s like to be on the ground in Pittsburgh with JResponse, as JCC staff help another J—and Jewish community—recover from tragedy.  I grew up in Pittsburgh and it’s difficult to put into words how it felt to be there to help, both as a … Continued

Stephen Hazan Arnoff named CEO of JCC Association

Set to succeed Allan Finkelstein in February Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff, who successfully expanded programing and grew the 14th Street Y in New York while executive director there before going on to become the first director of the Office of Culture, Community, and Society at Shalem College in Jerusalem, has been chosen to succeed Allan … Continued

21st Century JCCs: Building Community in a Brave Pew World

This article by JCC Association President and CEO Allan Finkelstein first appeared in eJewishPhilantrhopy.com on March 18, 2014. The first YMHA opened its doors in 1854 to serve Jewish immigrants arriving in America. It – and those YM and YWHAs that followed – provided a wealth of services helping turn a diverse lot of Jews … Continued

Hurricane Sandy & JCCs Storify

Below is a collection of stories from various JCCs that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. These are in chronological order, with the most recent story at the top. The storify will continue to be updated as more news is shared across social networks about the effects of Hurricane Sandy. View the stories on Storify [View … Continued

You Can Help JCCs Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Many of you have asked what your JCC can do to help the JCCs and their constituents severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we are grateful for your support. We have been reaching out to impacted JCCs to conduct an initial damage survey, calling and e-mailing virtually every JCC in the New York, New Jersey, and … Continued

Update on Hurricane Sandy and JCCs

We know that you have all been reading about–or living through–the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and we wanted to share with you what we have learned about the JCCs in the immediate area of the storm, and those a little farther away. Almost all of our JCCs are open and serving their communities; some have … Continued

JCC Association Office Open in NYC

Our New York office opened on Thursday, November 1, after being closed for three days after Hurricane Sandy. Staff members are all safe, although many have no power in their homes. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding through the very difficult situation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said CEO Allan Finkelstein. “Everyone has been impacted in some way, … Continued