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JResponse® is a readiness, relief, recovery, and resilience initiative that trains JCC professionals to provide non-emergency support to other JCCs and the communities they serve following natural and man-made disasters.

Conceived as a way to address immediate needs of a JCC in crisis, JResponse will send the JCC Movement’s most valuable asset—trained JCC professionals—to assist when disaster strikes. JCC professionals, selected by their home JCC for training with JCC Association, and its partner, IsraAid, will be trained to coordinate disaster responses, ready to assist a JCC in need.

JCCs agree to release their staff to participate in training and to be on rotation should the need arise to send them to provide assistance and relief to another JCC in a moment of need, allowing it—and its staff—to focus on getting back on their feet.


Mark S. Young

Mark S. Young is vice president of Talent Strategy and the director of JResponse® at JCC Association of North America. He brings 20 years of experience in leadership, program development, and talent strategy in nonprofit organizations to his roles, much of which he gained in previous positions with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), Episcopal Social Services of New York, 92NY, and the Mandel JCC in Cleveland, Ohio.

Young holds dual master’s degrees in nonprofit management and Judaic studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from McGill University. He is the author of “Bless Our Workforce: Changing the Way We Manage Our People.” He lives in Hartsdale, New York, where he, his wife, Rabbi Mara Young, and their two children are members of the Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson.

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