We mourn the loss of JCC Global’s Founding President and long time supporter, Morton L. Mandel, who died yesterday at the age of 98. Mort was a successful businessmen, Jewish and civic leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded several charities and supported countless organizations and initiatives; in his hometown Cleveland, all over North America, in Israel and the entire world.
Ahead of his time he articulated for JCC Global a captivating vision: “striving to deepen the sense of Jewish Peoplehood throughout the world” and “strengthening the ties that bind Jewish communities with Israel and with all Jews throughout the world." As he often said:“An effort to give each community whether it is in the former Soviet Union or in Chicago, Illinois the opportunity to fulfill their local mission which is to bring the Jewish community together.” A strong believer and advocate for JCCs, Mort continued to support JCC Global and was very gratified to see how the organization expanded and blossomed, beyond any imagination.
The senior leadership of JCC Global and a few representatives of Amitim- Fellows, from 16 organizations, gathered in Prague for a 24 hours JCC Global Strategic Planning Retreat. The gathering was the culmination of a year long planning process. Dr. Ezra Kopelowitz presented the findings of an extensive Evaluation Report and delegates engaged in fruitful discussions in order to design a 2020-2025 strategic work plan.
The JCCs as Gateways to Jewish Peoplehood is the title of a recent publication that brings the voices of several thoughtful JCC leaders from around the world, co-sponsored with JCC Global. You are welcome to read the articles in this link . They can be a basis for contemplation and discussion in your local JCC.