Why We Created A Manifesto For Menschlech Philanthropy

09/28/2016 - 11:28
Special To The Jewish Week

You’re the executive director of a JCC, and your phone rings. It’s your biggest donor, someone whose annual giving is what makes it possible for you to offer scholarships to low-income Jewish children to attend camp, among many other things. From his first “Hello” you can hear in his voice that he’s furious, and your stomach sinks. “It’s that event you just announced,” he sputters. “That event glorifying the anti-Israel playwright.”

Andrés Spokoiny and Kathy E. Manning

Pope Francis Becomes Newest Krakow JCC Member

08/01/2016 - 12:24

Pope Francis is the newest member of the Krakow Jewish Community Center.

JCC Executive Director Jonathan Ornstein presented the pontiff with a JCC membership card and an acid-green JCC T-shirt during a reception Sunday at the residence of the archbishop in Krakow.

Pope Francis receiving his membership card to the Krakow Jewish Community Center from its director, Jonathan Ornstein. JTA

In An Ultra-Wealthy Moscow Suburb, A Luxurious JCC Opens Its Doors

12/16/2015 - 12:57

Zhukovka, Russia — On the only road connecting this affluent village on Moscow’s western outskirts, Russian secret service agents are blocking all inbound traffic. Drivers bound for Zhukovka pull over and step out to smoke while chatting with other motorists as a line of luxury cars grows on the shoulder of a two-lane road.

An exterior view of the Zhokuvka Jewish Community Center. JTA

JCCs As The ‘Big Tent’

Global executive director Smadar Bar-Akikva says JCCs allow Jews and non-Jews from very different backgrounds to socialize.

10/26/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The leaders of Jewish community centers from 30 countries will meet in Jerusalem Nov. 3-6 for the 9th World Conference of Jewish Community Centers. With more than 1,000 JCCs around the world, the conference, convened by JCC Global, is billed as the largest international Jewish network. The Jewish Week interviewed Smadar Bar-Akiva, JCC Global executive director, by email; this is an edited transcript.

Smadar Bar-Akiva, head of JCC Global.

Amid $6M Deficit, Detroit-Area JCC May Close

01/07/2015 - 19:00

Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring.

Suspected Kansas City JCC Shooter Says He Targeted Jews

11/16/2014 - 19:00

The white supremacist suspect in the shootings of three people at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City said he wanted to “be sure I killed some Jews before I died.”

Ruderman Prize Profile: Thirty Years Of Inclusion And Going Strong At The St. Paul JCC

Editor's Note: In July, the Ruderman Family Foundation awarded five prizes to agencies across the world that are making the Jewish community into a more inclusive one. The New Normal will profile each of these amazing agencies over the next month. Click here to read last week’s profile.

The goal of the St. Paul JCC’s Inclusion and Accessibility Services Program (IAS) is to provide children, teens and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities the opportunity to be welcomed and fully participate in any and all programs offered by the JCC. The staff work with participants who need extra support and accommodations in numerous programs including: theater, swimming lessons, personal training, fitness programs, adult and youth programs. They have been dedicated to inclusive programming for the last thirty years. The program began in 1984 when parents came together and asked the JCC to create inclusive programming for their children, twelve in total, who had physical and developmental disabilities. One year later, the program doubled to support twenty-four children and has steadily grown in the years since.

A JCC participant paints an Elijah's Cup. Courtesy of the St. Paul JCC

Suspected Kansas City JCC Shooter Receives Month-Long Delay From Court

04/24/2014 - 20:00

The suspect in the shootings of three people at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City appeared in court and asked for a month-long delay in the proceedings.

Suspected Kansas City JCC Shooter Charged With Murder In State Court

04/12/2014 - 20:00

The suspect in the shootings of three people at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City was charged in state court.

Heated Cookoff At The JCC

Manischewitz All-Star gives former finalists a second chance.

03/31/2014 - 20:00
Food and Wine Editor

It was a second chance at success last Thursday as five previous finalists of the annual Manischewitz Cook-Off returned to Manhattan’s Jewish Community Center to compete in an hour-long cooking competition judged by representatives from magazines such as Saveur and Good Housekeeping.

From left: Ronna Farley; Naylet LaRochelle; Jamie Brown Miller (winner); Dina Burcat; Joe Carver. Lauren Rothman/JW
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