JCC in Manhattan

Unorthodox Orthodoxy

For the committed or observant Jewish artist, creating art that is meaningful, that stays within the bounds of the second commandment prohibition against graven images and yet avoids kitsch or dogmatism is a daunting challenge. Meeting this challenge head-on with serious humor is “Off Label: Ceremonial Objects Imagined,” an exhibit on view at the JCC in Manhattan that respectfully turns ritual and tradition on its head.

“Tower of Books.” Courtesy of Ken Goldman

From The Jewish Feminist Frontier

The Jewish feminist movement has brought about remarkable changes in religious community life. But not everyone welcomes these shifts. More than one influential blogger has pointed to the “feminization” of Judaism, particularly in the more liberal sectors, as a contributing factor to the worrisome decline highlighted by the recent Pew report.

Judith Plaskow and Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses. Photo courtesy JCC in Manhattan

ReelAbilities Film Fest: Watch Trailer, Tix Available

The JCC in Manhattan presents the 6th Annual Reelabilites Film Festival, the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. 



The festival runs MARCH 6 - 11 in more than 30 locations through the city.

Stand Up And Be Photographed!

On the coldest day this month, I stepped onto Brighton Beach and contemplated my identity. I am not a member of the Polar Bear Club. I hate being cold!  Rather, I was participating in a “Casual Conversation” in the warmth of the lobby of the JCC in Manhattan. 

Signs of dual identity. Jeff and Alina Bliumis. Photo courtesy The JCC in Manhattan

London’s American-style JCC Seeking Lead Role In Anglo Jewry ‘Renaissance’

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

Raymond Simonson greets visitors at the opening of London’s new JW3 community center. Blake Ezra Photography

Circles Of Life

Art at JCC in Manhattan goes ‘Conceptual’ with Sol LeWitt work.

Special To The Jewish Week
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On your next Upper West Side jaunt, a tall, narrow wall inside the JCC in Manhattan will pop out at you; its simple design, a series of six concentric circles painted in alternating shades of bright yellow, red and blue, will call out to you from Amsterdam Avenue on even the grayest and gloomiest of days.

So LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #599,” on view at the JCC in Manhattan. Photo courtesy JCC in Manhattan

Flex Time For Students, Parents

With creative marketing, Jewish Journey Project lets kids choose what they learn — and when.

Associate Editor

First in a three-part series on Hebrew schools offering choice and flexibility.

Timon Malloy dropped out of Hebrew school before his bar mitzvah and wasn’t planning on subjecting his 8-year-old twins to the same experience.

An intergenerational cooking class offered through Jewish Journey Project. Courtesy of Jewish Journey Project

Will New Hebrew School Model Help Or Undermine Synagogues?

Collaborative Jewish Journey Project recruits pilot cohort, but turf questions linger.

Associate Editor

Does Hebrew school sound a little too 20th century for your third grader?

How about eight weeks of “Talmudic Stories In Stop-Motion Animation,” a session of “Create Your Own Hip-Hop Siddur” or a winter break spent doing Jewish theater? Or perhaps your child would prefer to learn Hebrew through a Saturday-night ropes course taught by a former Israel Defense Forces lieutenant?

The Jewish Journey Project is the brainchild of Rabbi Joy Levitt.

Street Artist Marks JCC’s 10th Anniversary

Special To The Jewish Week

When planning a major anniversary, an organization might introduce a new logo or invite guests to a gala event. The JCC in Manhattan, now marking its 10th year, chose to hire a street artist to paint a community portrait.

The result is a six-part mural-like installation completely filling the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery’s 100 feet of exhibition space in the center’s lobby. This unique commemoration samples the various people who have found a home at the JCC.

In prayer, in transit: Two views of the JCC in Manhattan by the street artist “Specter.” Photos by Lois Stavsky, Dani Mozeson
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