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JCC Circle Fall 2010

JCC Circle Fall 2010

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Fall 2010 issue of the JCC Circle.
Fall 2010 issue of the JCC Circle.

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autumn 2010
What did 650 peoplebring back to their JCCsfrom Atlanta?
Biennial 2010:
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For address correction or Information about
JCC Circle
contact info@jcca.org or call (212) 532-4949.
©2010 Jewish Community Centers Association of North America. All rights reserved.520 Eighth Avenue | New York, NY 10018Phone: 212-532-4949 | Fax: 212-481-4174 | e-mail: info@jcca.org | web: www.jcca.orgJCC Association of North America is the leadership network of, and central agency for, 350 Jewish CommunityCenters, YM-YWHAs and camps in the United States and Canada, that annually serve more than two million users.JCC Association offers a wide range of services and resources to enable its affiliates to provide educational, culturaland recreational programs to enhance the lives of North American Jewry. JCC Association is also a U.S. government-accredited agency for serving the religious and social needs of Jewish military personnel, their families and patients inVA hospitals through the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council.JCC Association receives support from the JFNA National Federation/Agency Alliance, local federations and JewishCommunity Centers.ISSN 1065-1551
Were You There?
Marvin Gelfand on the JCCs of North America Biennial
This Is Our Moment
Allan Finkelstein on the Future
Young Voices, Bold Visions
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Airel Beery
J’s Stake House
A tasting menu for JCC Association stake holders
Torahs For Our Troops
Our rst Torah’s journey to completion
Say Hello to Paula L. Sidman
JCC Association’s New Chair Looks Ahead
Voices from Generation Next
Rising stars from JCC boards convene at Biennial 2010
Oh What a Night (Y’all)!
Marcus JCC of Atlanta Redenes Hospitality
Six Tips for Successful Fundraising
From master fundraiser, Reynold Levy
Size Matters
Special sessions based on size-of-city energized delegates
The Tools JCCs Need
Bring home the tools from Biennial 2010 to your JCC
AUUMN 2010
BY AN ABU...
 Ariel Beery
 Ariel Beery is the co-ounder and director o thePresenTense Group, as well as editor and publisher o PresenTense Magazine, and co-ounder othe PresenTense Institute or socially-mindedentrepreneurs. Ariel is also a widely-publishedcolumnist in over a dozen papers around the world.
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Rabbi Sharon Brous was listed among the Forward’s50 most inuential American Jews or three years in arow, and Newsweek has named her one o the leadingrabbis in the country, and IKAR one o the nation’smost vibrant congregations. In 2008, she received theJewish Community Foundation’s Inspired Leadership Award, and was one o Jewish Women International’s10 Jewish Women to Watch in 2009.
 Allan Finkelstein
Beore becoming president o JCC Association 15 years ago, Allan held leadership positions at JCCs inLos Angeles, Columbus, and Bualo. He has taught atHebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and at BrandeisUniversity. He is oten called upon to speak about oneo his passions—new models o looking at Jewishcommunal lie, especially as it applies to collaborationbetween institutions.
Reynold Levy
President o New York’s Lincoln Center or thePerorming Arts, Levy served rom 1977-1984 asthe executive director o the 92nd Street Y, andsta director o the Task Force on the New York CityFiscal Crisis. In addition to his work in the nonproft world, Levy worked or AT&T in charge o governmentrelations, and acted as the president o the AT&TFoundation.
Sr. Vice-President, andChief Marketing Officer
Robin Ballin
Creative Director
Peter Shevenell
Communications Manager,
JCC Circle
Miriam Rinn
Peter ShevenellJeremy Kortesan Hertzberg
Chris Strom
Paula L. Sidman
Honorary Chairs
Edward H. KaplanAnn P. KaufmanJerome B. MakowskyMorton L. MandelLester PollackDaniel RoseAlan P. Solow
Lisa BrillMarvin GelfandGary JacobsVirginia A. MaasNoreen Gordon SablotskyPhilip SchattenAndrew Shaevel
David Wax
Assoc. Secretaries
Dana EgertLinda Russin
Allan Finkelstein
Were youthere?
Something special happened in Atlanta
It’s routine to describe each JCCs of North America Biennial as the best ever,but something special really was happening in Atlanta in May. Perhaps it was asense of relief that we had come through the worst of the recession and therewas a glimmer of light ahead. Maybe it was the renewed sense of purpose therecession ignited, the determination that we shake off complacency and dealseriously and strategically with the long-term future of our agencies.It surely was a result of the superb effort put forth by our host communitychairs, Lisa Brill and Laura Dinerman, and their volunteers, and all the otherpeople, both lay and professional, who worked for more than a year to planand execute an extraordinary program. All of this resulted in a meeting lledwith intensity and purpose. You could sense it at the plenaries, in the meetingrooms, at J’s Stake House, even in the vendor’s area. The more than 650people at the Biennial seemed focused on the future, on the question,where should the JCC Movement be heading and how could they lead theirJCCs there.As chair of the 2010 Biennial committee, I was determined that the conventionmeet the real needs of JCC leaders. The committee met monthly for nearly twoyears. Recognizing that this event is the gathering place for JCCs throughoutNorth America, we focused on trying to make the experience very personaland meaningful for all in attendance. The committee believed strongly that allJCCs should be in attendance at the conference, represented by at least theirpresidents, incoming presidents and executives. We worked hard to achievethat goal, including creating a program of outreach from the lay leadership ofJCC Association to the lay leaders of the JCCs. We felt proud at our successfulefforts when we saw the energy at the conference and heard the extremelypositive feedback from virtually all who attended.We’re devoting this issue of
 JCC Circle
to subjects that we introduced at theBiennial so you can delve a bit more deeply. Most of the presentations havebeen posted to JCC Resources, as well. But reading can’t take the place of beingthere. Once you absorb all the information here, I hope you’ll block out the timenow to come to our next Biennial in New Orleans, May 6-9, 2012. You will notbe disappointed.B’shalom,
Marvin Gelfand
Chair | Biennial 2010

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