Five Top Reasons to Send Your Child to JCC Camp

JCC Association Photo Contest 2012

Summer is approaching, so it is time to start thinking about summer camp. Perhaps you went to summer camp yourself and want to share that experience with your children. Maybe you missed out on the opportunity and want to make sure your kids don’t. Whether it is an overnight or day camp, a general camp [...]

Passover Traditions from Around the World

For a feast with so many symbolic foods and rituals that it comes with its own guidebook, the Passover Seder has as many variations to its traditions as there are Jewish communities around the world. Over time, Jews of certain countries and regions have created their own takes on standard Passover guidelines, with the largest [...]

Learn about the Haggadah!

Seder Plate

The Pesach Haggadah is the text describing the order of events and rituals during the Passover Seder. The Haggadah is the most illustrated text in Jewish traditions, probably because of the necessity to keep young children awake throughout the long night of the Seder. Reading the Haggadah at the Seder table is an educational tradition [...]

Hurricane Sandy & the JCCs

Many of our JCCs were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We’re actively pursuing these stories and collecting them here, on JCCA.org, and on Storify [View the story "Hurricane Sandy & the JCCs" on Storify]

The Jewish People and the American Labor Movement

1909 Labor Day Parade

Although for many people Labor Day is the three-day weekend that’s the unofficial end of summer, that misses its true significance. Labor Day is a tribute to the backbone of America, its workers. While there is significantly less fanfare than in the past, there are still local parades and events to recognize the importance of [...]

American Jewish Medal of Honor Recipients

Memorial Day is the day we set aside to reflect on the heroism and sacrifice of our troops. Jews have served in the United States military since the beginning of the nation, and many have been honored with the highest commendation. Created during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor was and is the highest [...]

Make Your Passover Memorable

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Growing up Jewish means different things to different people. One of the biggest parts is the celebration of the holidays, a combination of history and religion with family traditions. Every family has their own way of performing the Seder. Some families go through the entire haggadah while others skip around to quickly get to the [...]

Jewish Philanthropy in Israel

A View from Israel Right now we are in between two Jewish holidays, Purim and Pesach, both of which emphasize the obligation to care for the needy and–as far as Pesach goes–to welcome the stranger. On Purim one of the main religious obligations is matanot l’evyonim, gifts for the poor, and during the Seder we [...]

Food in Israel an International Treat

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You do not need to check your calendar in Israel to know what holiday is approaching. It’s enough to see the commercials on television or which foods are being promoted in the newspaper. Supermarkets offer special discounts for the foods people want, so honey is on sale in September before Rosh Hashanah, oil before Hanukkah, candy and other Purim-related items, and so on. Read More

JCC Camps Transform Their Food Options

vegetables (Wonderlane)

Think back to lunch at summer camp. Remember that first bite of greasy grilled cheese, the bread saturated with oil, the hot cheese oozing out. It was usually accompanied by a bowl of canned tomato soup, each sip sweeter and saltier than the next. So good! But guess what? It wasn’t good for you. .Read More