A Passion for JCCA: Stephanie Spiegel

Categories: JCCA Spotlight
Trustee Stephanie Spiegel is this year’s honoree at JCCA’s “A Tree Grows in Pleasantville” event. It’s a fitting award for a woman who organized the first Tree event in 2005, started the Pleasantville Cottage Campus Lunch Bunch volunteer program 14 years ago, and continues to devote much of her time to the campus. Stephanie’s enormous …

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A New York Story: Morris Abramowitz and Roberta Seltzer

Categories: Alumni, JCCA Spotlight
In the first half of the last century, Morris Abramowitz was a NYC police officer patrolling a beat in the Bronx. Born in Russia in 1905, and the second of six children, he was six months old when his parents immigrated to the US. In his teens, his mother became sick with tuberculosis and later …

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A Rosh Hashanah Message From Rabbi Ilan Ginian

Categories: JCCA Spotlight
There are many well-known traditions observed during the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Even though we repeat them every year, each one is special. We share a holiday meal with loved ones and community, eat symbolic foods, and recite prayers to commemorate the holiday. It’s not all serious–I remember, as a child, how my father …

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Opening Day for Liberation Diploma Plus High School

Categories: JCCA Spotlight, Program Stories
Today was the first day of classes in schools across New York City and a promising new beginning for students, teachers, and JCCA staff at Liberation Diploma Plus High School. Located a few blocks away from the beach, in an old parochial school in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the brightly painted building stands out as a …

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Rick Safran, Giving Back

Categories: Alumni, JCCA Spotlight
Rick Safran is an alumnus of two of JCCA’s predecessor organizations, the Hebrew National Orphan Home (HNOH) and the Israel Orphan Asylum, where he resided for a total of 11 years. Now retired at 82, Rick had a distinguished career as an educator and administrator in the New York City school system. For many years, …

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