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 [...]

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


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

An Apple a Day to Combat Hunger

Groceries in Bag

This year, we are once more encouraging JCCs to organize a fresh food drive to collect and donate apples in honor of Rosh Hashanah. .Read More

The JCC Maccabi Games, Largest Gathering of Jewish Teens


Since its inception in 1982, about 130,000 teens have benefited from the JCC Maccabi Games, whose influence extends far beyond the few weeks of summer competition. Inspired by their participation, many JCCs have developed year-round cultural and athletic programming.Read More

Help Us to Honor Fallen Jewish Chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces

JWB FB campaign

On this Memorial Day, honor the fallen American Jewish chaplains–and by extension all American Jews who have fallen in battle–by signing a petition supporting the passage of the bill.Read More

Make the Seder Fun for Everyone, Including the Kids

little girl at Seder

Passover is the original kid-friendly holiday. Or, it should be. With creativity and planning, you can make your Seder fun for everyone, from Grandma to your toddler. Read More



Try this super healthy version of the traditional Purim treat, hamantaschen. Made with whole wheat and applesauce, they are filled with nutrition.

From Purim Spiel to Sarah Silverman

Purim parade

Purim is often thought of as the Jewish Carnival, a raucous holiday of feasting, drinking, masquerades, and the undermining of authority. Parodies, roasts, and farces are popular theatrical presentations on Purim, and many scholars believe that the roots of Jewish theater can be found in this end-of-winter festival. .Read More