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


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


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


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


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.

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

D.C. JCC Play Switched To Workshops After Pro-Israel Protests


In the face of opposition to plans to perform an Israeli playwright’s work exploring allegations of a 1948 Israeli massacre of Arabs, a Washington, D.C. theater backed by the federation there has revised its plans for the project, according to the Washington Jewish Week.

New London JCC Takes Page From Manhattan Version

American-style institution seeking lead role in Anglo Jewry ‘renaissance.’

At his office in London’s newly opened, $80 million Jewish community center, Raymond Simonson fumbles with a state-of-the-art telephone switchboard.

An artist's rendering of London's new Jewish community center, a one-stop site for a variety of activities. Image via JTA.org

Shutdown Blues

From Iran sanctions to yoga time, federal shuttering casts long shadow over Jewish D.C.

Washington — Meals on Wheels may disappear, Iran sanctions are at risk and yoga is filling in the gaps.
This is what the federal government shutdown looks like in Jewish Washington.

American-Style JCC Thriving In Krakow

N.Y.-born director sees deepening Jewish engagement; in Warsaw, unexpected signs of growth.
Staff Writer

Krakow — At four crowded tables in the ground-floor meeting room of the Jewish Community Centre here, some hundred people attended the first-night seder during Passover last week.

It was the “biggest community seder in Poland,” says Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC’s New York-born director.

It’s another sign that the only such American-style JCC in the country is succeeding.

Jonathan Ornstein, the N.Y.-born director of Krakow’s JCC, plants the institution’s high-visibility pennant above the building.
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