JCC Global Newsletter | September, 2017

Meet the Fellows

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We’re proud to present to you the Fellows who have been accepted to the Amitim 2.0- Fellows- A Global Leadership Network program from more than 50 JCCs. They come from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, England, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States and Venezuela.

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Amitim 2.0 World Conference in New York

More than 100 delegates registered already to the Amitim 2.0 World Conference which will take place in New York, Sunday, November 5th through Thursday, November 9th, 2017. The conference will focus on the why and the how of Jewish Peoplehood education and during the conference JCCs will find partners and programs for future global collaborations.

The highlight of the conference will take place on Tuesday, November 7th. This will be an evening celebrating the achievements of the Amitim program and 40 years to the founding of JCC Global. During this evening, Linda and Jerry Spitzer will be honored for their invaluable contribution to JCC Global and world Jewry.


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Amitim 1.0 projects continue

Several Amitim 1.0 projects took place this past summer as part of the Family Tree and Global MekoRock programs.

The JCC Global Amitim Family Tree program with Merage JCC in Orange County, California, CDI Mexico and Kfar Yona, Israel continues to blossom. As a culmination for a three year teen leadership program 81 (!) teens met in Israel at the end of June-beginning of July, for a joint seminar and home hospitality. This reciprocal program follows two summers in OC and Mexico City. The Israel seminar was implemented by the Israel Center of JCC Association of North America with special attention to the cross cultural needs of the program.

3a. Family Tree

The Global MekoRock program, an innovative artistic music project that connects teenagers from different Jewish communities around the world to the Bible and other Jewish cultural sources, expanded its wings this past summer.  Founded by the Zait initiative in Emek Hefer Israel, it brought together teenagers from Israel, Venezuela and Moldova. On July 18, 2017, the program was brought to a picturesque resort 30 km from Chisinau where a joint summer camp of Beltsy (Moldova) and Greensboro (North Carolina, USA) Jewish communities was organized.

JCC KEDEM director Stella Harmelina presented information about the project and its two brilliant vocalists – Nadya Volk and Elena Alferina – who performed in Russian, Romanian, English and Hebrew.
100 camp participants were attracted and involved in singing, dancing and applauding together and sincerely thanked for such a wonderful and bright cultural event that became a real gift for the camp program.

3b. Global MekoRock

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My Camp Abroad at Jewish summer camps in the USA

As a result of a newly established partnership between JCC Global, JCC Association of North America, the Latin American Maccabi Confederation (CLAM) and My Camp Abroad, Latin American Jewish staff members are now hired in JCC summer camps in the USA.
This past summer, 30 Latin American Jewish staff members (29 Argentinean and one Brazilian) were hired in 9 different Jewish summer camps in the USA including 3 NJY Camps, Pinemere, Capital Camps and JCA Shalom. The Latin American counselors shared their best practices from their home communities and served in various positions such as: lifeguards, dance instructors, a magician, general counselors, sports counselors and more. Hired through My Camp Abroad they participated in a 5 day training seminar. We all hope that this pilot initiative will grow in future years. More information and photos can be found on the My Camp Abroad facebook page.

4. My Camp Abroad

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Spotlight on Sundays at JCC Warsaw, by Romi Rutowitz, JDC Entwine Fellow

5. JCC Warszawa on Sunday

Visit JCC Warszawa on any day of the week and you’ll find something happening – but Sundays are special! Especially for a visitor to the community. Under one roof – or spilling out onto the pavement if the weather is on board – are a series of programs and activities for everyone.
The JCC comes alive at 10am every Sunday with the smell, taste and sight of Boker Tov. What used to be a community secret has become an all-you-can-eat kosher Israeli-Jewish-Polish brunch open to the whole city. Since being featured in numerous foodie blogs and coffee recommendation lists the line for a plate – and a seat at one of the tables – runs out the door. In true traditional Jewish fashion, there is always plenty of food to go around, but no visit to Boker Tov would be complete without a helping of homemade focaccia, hummus, shakshuka or one of the tasty desserts that change each week!
On Sundays during school terms JCC Warszawa runs a kid’s club – Moadon – for children aged 3 – 12. Moadon in Hebrew means club and ours is an opportunity for the youngest members of the community to come together, learn about their culture through informal Jewish educational activities and make friends with people their own age. Partnering with a local atelier, JCC Warszawa’s Moadon also regularly heads out to explore the city for a variety of arts and crafts workshops.
Looking for Jewish teenagers in Warsaw? JCC Warszawa has something for them too! Every second Sunday our teenagers meet for Hultaj, a group where decisions are made by teens, for teens! Focusing on topics and ideas that they might not have the opportunity to discuss or deal with at home or at school, Warsaw’s Jewish teens have a club and a space to call their own. With both a local and global focus on their activities, in the past year our teens have volunteered to run programs for Moadon, helped paint over graffiti in Warsaw and represented Poland at BBYO International Convention.
One of the newest programs introduced this year at JCC Warszawa has been our fathers group – Sababa! Meeting once a month on Sundays, the fathers of JCC Warszawa join to exchange stories and develop skills in psychology, sociology and education. A cooking workshop led by the Boker Tow chef – one of the many fathers in our community – left the group rolling out the door, both with laughter and full stomachs!
At JCC Warszawa we are working our hardest to meet the needs and wants of our community. Often there are not enough hours during the week for lessons, and Sundays become an extra day of classes. We run ulpan courses – with our members having just completed the Ulpan Dalet level – and member-led photography workshops which culminate in an exhibition for the whole community at the end of the year.
All this – and sometimes more – in one day. No wonder the JCC closes early on Sundays. And by early, I mean 8pm instead of the usual 9pm!

Boker Tow

JCC Warsaw is a project of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, which works to alleviate poverty and strengthen Jewish life in more than 70 countries and in Israel.
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