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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 is vice president of Talent Strategy and director of JResponse®, JCC Association’s powerful initiative that convenes, trains and deploys JCC professionals from across the continent to JCC communities in the aftermath of a crisis. JResponse harnesses the resources of the JCC Movement, including the more than 6,000-strong skilled professionals across the JCC field, to provide tangible support and relief to peer institutions in need.
Mark brings to the role over 15 years of experience elevating talent in nonprofit organizations and spearheading community service initiatives at major Jewish institutions, including the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), the 92 Street Y and the Mandel JCC of Cleveland, Ohio.
Mark holds dual master’s degrees in non-profit management and Judaic studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from McGill University. He lives in Hartsdale, New York, where he, his wife Rabbi Mara Young, and two children are members of the Harold and Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson.

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