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©2008 Jewish Community Centers Associationof North America. All rights reserved.520 Eighth Avenue | New York, NY 10018Phone: 212-532-4949 | Fax: 212-481-4174e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | web: www.jcca.orgJCC Association of North America is the leadership network of, and centralagency for, 350 Jewish Community Centers, YM-YWHAs and camps in theUnited States and Canada, who annually serve more than two million users. JCCAssociation offers a wide range of services and resources to enable its affiliatesto provide educational, cultural and recreational programs to enhance the livesof North American Jewry. JCC Association is also a U.S. government-accreditedagency for serving the religious and social needs of Jewish military personnel,their families and patients in VA hospitals through the JWB Jewish ChaplainsCouncil.JCC Association receives support from the UJC National Federation/AgencyAlliance, local federations and Jewish Community Centers.ISSN 1065-1551
Alan P. Solow
Edward H. KaplanAnn P. KamanJerome B. MakowskyMorton L. MandelLester PollackDaniel Rose
Lisa BrillDonald BrodskyCheryl FishbeinGary JacobsVirginia A. MaasStephen R. ReinerToby RbinStephen SeidenPala Sidman
Enid RosenbergMichael SegalMichael Wole
Stephen DorskyAndrew ShaevelDoron Steger
S. Vice-Pesident,Maeting & Commnications
Commnications Manage,JCC Cicle Edito
Jeremy KortesDan Hertzberg
Alan P. Solow
Chair, JCC Association
I have jst retrned rom Miami ater participating in or 2008 JCCs o NorthAmerica Biennial. Those o yo who were there know that it was a week oinspiration, learning and n. We enjoyed otstanding plenary speakers, wonderlseminar sessions, and the hospitality o a great city. I again want to thank orBiennial Chair Noreen Gordon Sablotsky or her extraordinary eorts, whichreslted in a sccessl convention.The Biennial reects the strength and breadth o the JCC Movement. Both lay andsta leaders were able to exchange ideas and discss opportnities to improvetheir JCCs and camps. We were also able to talk abot ways to bild pon orsccessl continental programs sch as An Ethical Start
and the JCC MaccabiGames
and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest
. The Benchmarking Project at the MandelCenter or Excellence in Leadership and Management is contining to have apositive impact on the feld, and we are confdent that more JCCs will participateas we move orward. At the Mandel Center or Jewish Edcation, we contine totrn ot great new programs sch as The Goodman Family Institte:
(My Israel): A Teen Program o Israel Edcation and Experience or JCC ResidentCamps, and or new adlt edcation initiative, Jorneys, which was highlightedat the Biennial.We have the power as a movement to make a dierence when we learn rom eachother and take advantage o the many services oered by JCC Association. Asyor chair, working with or otstanding sta, I have been determined to makecertain that membership in this organization makes a meaningl dierence to thefeld and to those who are enrolled in or JCC programs. The week at the Biennialprovided indisptable evidence that we are making real progress and that ortre together is very bright. Let’s make certain that when we gather in Atlanta in2010, we have many new ideas to share, and that those o yo who benefted romthis Biennial will bring along a riend to share the experience. Or 2010 continentalchair, Marvin Geland, and or Atlanta hosts, Lisa Brill and Lara Dinerman,promise that Atlanta will bild on the antastic Miami experience!
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On the cover:
JCC o Loisville
2A Blast in Miami4Amazing Eperiencesin Atlanta8Creating a Mosaicin Silicon Valley10Finding a Jewish Heartin an American Holiday11JCC Day CampSPECIAL SECTION15Everyone Has a Seatat This Table16Welcome Home to Israel18It’s a Small World20JCC HappeningsSummer 2008