The article on the front page of the Journal on 9/29 regarding the JCCNS turnaround accurately, from my perspective, describes the big picture circumstances surrounding the agency’s significant improvement during the period between the fall of 2012 and the end of 2014. What does get lost and is not covered in full detail (certainly not by design or any fault of the author considering her limitations of space) are the contributions of the very many people before, during, and after the time frame highlighted. The impact of our various Board and committee members, generous donors, program participants and community members that stuck with and contributed to the JCC’s renaissance cannot be underestimated. The other group that must be mentioned is the incredible JCCNS staff, past and current- those people that make it happen on a day to day and year to year basis and particularly the ones that remained loyal and fully committed during the most difficult and uncertain times. These dedicated employees magnificently rose to the challenge and have continued to this day ensuring the Center’s long term sustainability. Despite our well documented success in recent years, no one, let alone me, is prepared to rest on our laurels or in any way become complacent. In fact, we are more energized than ever, lay leaders and professionals, to reach new heights, to serve more people, to expand our community. With that, we are excited about our potential for the future. Thank you all for helping us reach this stage in the long and storied history of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore.
The article can be read here: http://jewishjournal.org/2016/09/29/the-jc-three-how-the-jcc-was-saved/
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Last week, 16 local volunteers traveled to Louisiana to assist in disaster relief after flooding over the latter half of August damaged more than 100,000 homes. The Journal’s Associate Editor, Mary Markos, joined in on the effort, first as a relief worker and now as a reporter. Her story is broken into two parts to match the two different projects she was involved in during the two days of work – first as a worker on a food truck for the American Red Cross, and then, helping one resident – whose name is changed to protect her privacy – clean and sort her damaged belongings and to assist in the partial demolition of her Baton Rouge home. The story is written in the first person so that we can see – and feel – the effects of the flooding through Mary’s eyes.
Susan Silverman, originally of Newton, is a rabbi, an activist, a mother and a writer, now living in Jerusalem. She recently released her memoir, "Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World" and discusses her memoir and her life in an exclusive interview with the Journal.
Dear Jewish Journal,
Congratulations. You have just set yourselves on a path towards becoming the worst Jewish community newspaper you can be.
Before Joshua Resnek, our copy of the Jewish Journal went directly into the recycling bin, without more than a glance. But when he started publishing, the paper suddenly became interesting, full of current, relevant news and diverse opinions. I read it cover to cover, whether I agreed with the opinions or not. I found it to be full of vibrant dialogue, a taste of Jewish achdut (singularity across the spectrum), and this was inspiring.
You see, my wife and I are “millenials,” a term we despise, and orthodox, nonetheless—a group you might not expect to be hearing from. We are the next generation of your readership. We were both educated in Jewish schools (Schechter), and value discussions, and new ideas. We find curated papers, written with curated ideas (to make everyone feel good) to be a waste of our time, which is limited already due to the fact that our generation is having to work multiple jobs in order to keep afloat. If you don’t start valuing diverse opinions, you will lose the interest of our generation—and then, years from now, what will be your legacy? When we were children, we used to pour over the informative local Jewish papers. But why would future Jewish children bother to read a one-sided newspaper, smattered with ads for treif restaurants and articles about golf? Is that the future of the Jewish people? Will that kind of content encourage meaningful dialogue? When the public doesn’t hear the bigger picture, (even if it makes some people cringe) learn about the real Jewish history and what’s actually going on in the world, local and beyond, folks like Donald Trump gain popularity. This is nothing new to Jews; it has happened in the past, many times, to detrimental results.
I challenge you to take the time to publish my letter, and not cast it aside as “too unsettling.” In the meantime, the recycling bin awaits…