Updated: Feb 19
You are welcome to join JCC Global Kol Isha event marking International Women's Day 2021
As part of JCC Global’s Kol Isha program, an online event with the partners from Migvanim Ramat HaSharon Community Centers in Israel, JCC Krakow in Poland and the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California will be presented on March 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Palo Alto time/7:00 p.m. Krakow time/8:00 p.m. Israel time. The program will highlight the inspiring stories of 15 courageous women who overcame major hardships, depicted by 15 women artists- all from Ramat Hasharon, Israel. In addition, the JCC Krakow Women’s Haggadah and insights from Palo Alto participants will add the global flavor to the program.
Click here to register.
ProCon 2021, the exclusive signature professional development gathering of the JCC Movement in North America is opening its doors to a select group of JCC professionals from around the world
ProCon convenes professionals from JCCs (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps) throughout North America, and from every sphere and specialty within them. The 2021 event has been newly reimagined and redesigned for the online environment and will be offered at no-cost to JCC professionals, ensuring larger-than-ever numbers of participants from throughout the JCC world.
Tuesday, April 27- Thursday, April 29, 2021
JCC professional out of North America and Israel who know English are welcome to register via JCC Global at no cost via this link. Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
JCC Excellence Showcase submissions are open for ProCon 2021
As part of JCC Association’s upcoming ProCon 2021, you’re invited to submit the most inspiring and replicable program or initiative your Jewish Community Center or Jewish Community Camp (JCC) has created between April 2019 and January 2021 to be considered for a presentation spot in the conference’s JCC Excellence Showcase.
Submissions Deadline: March 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm NY time.
Learn more and submit your excellent programs and initiatives HERE!
To assist you in your submission, guidelines can be found in the application and here.
Contact info@jccglobal for more information.
"Managing in Times of Change" opens the 2021 Dr. Mark Ramer JCC Global Hubs, offering peer enrichment and support
The Hub was initiated by Liat Blecher, JCC Global Fellow, who is the Deputy Director of the Haifa Region of the Israel Association of Community Centers and it is designed and implemented in collaboration with the European Council of Jewish Communities and JCC Global. The program brings together a select group of JCC directors from Europe and the Haifa region in Israel to openly discuss their most pertaining challenges and solutions. As a peer-led program, the syllabus includes topics such as staff management, ensuring sustainability, creating synergies, sharing best practices, and more. Registration to additional 2021 Hubs will follow soon.
JCC Global Monologues program opens with teens from USA, Israel and Ukraine
Encountering the “other” within and without is the focal point of this 8-week online program that is based on the successful JCC Global Monologue Amitim project global Amitim project. Led by LABA and the 14th St. Y in New York and JCC Global, the program invites teens from around the world to look at Jewish texts in a new way and unleash their creative talents. Thanks to the support of the Covenant Foundation, the program enlisted first-class staff members- Kendell Pinkney, Rebecca S’manga Frank, and Ronit Muszkatblit with guest workshops of world-renowned artists such as Renana Raz and System Ali. We can’t wait to see how the program unfolds.
If we could only duplicate the
Shchakim Afula Community Center
Since the onset of COVID 19 the tensions with the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel (and around the world) amount. The photos and video clips of Ultra-Orthodox Jews not obeying social distancing rules, celebrating weddings or conducting funerals with hundreds of people crammed together and even violently attacking the police, threaten to further crack the ever so fragile fabric of Israeli society.
But is there another option? For four years now, the Shchakim Afula Community Center (and affiliate of the Israel Association of Community Centers) under the leadership of Daniel Ben was able to establish a common bond with a large Ultra-Orthodox community comprised of Shas (Sephardi Ultra-Orthodox) followers, Viznitz Hassidic Jews and Lithuanian Ultra-Orthodox Jews. The large Ultra-Orthodox community lives right near the Community Center and utilizes its facilitates on a daily basis. From cultural arts and theater, to English lessons and Sports. And while the Ultra-Orthodox events are gender segregated, the general activities of the Community Center that are open for all continue in full force- side by side.
Daniel describes several times when there were tensions between the two communities related to certain events, but thanks to the long-lasting dialogue and good will, they were able to calm them down and continue with this model of coexistence.
Thus, unlike other parts of Israel, in Afula, the Ultra-Orthodox community obeyed the social distancing guidelines, participated in the drive-in check ins and volunteered to deliver food packages for the needy and helped in many other ways. The proof comes in the numbers. In Afula, there is no difference between the sickness or death rates of the Ultra-Orthodox community and the general community.
Once again, the power of community buildings comes to the forefront. When relationships and understanding among distinct groups develops over time, then when crises descend there is a healthy infrastructure to support and contain disagreements and tensions. This is the true meaning of social responsibility.
If only we could duplicate Afula…
Do you miss Israel? Take a virtual tour
Birthright Israel is inviting you to a cutting-edge interactive tour of Israel. Sit back, relax and join the tour in English, with close captions in Russian and French. Our hope is that very soon you will be able to see and feel all these sites in person.