Welcome to the JCA!

The page on our website – JCA Virtual Updates – has what you need to access the details and zoom links
of our services and programs at this time. Please check back often for updates. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Benjamin Weiner leads our pursuit of Jewish learning, spirituality and activism.

Mitzvah & Volunteer Opportunites

Volunteers at the JCA are the lifeblood and the nefesh – the soul of our community.

Youth & Family Education

Opportunities for children and their families to learn, grow, and celebrate in Jewish community.

Announcements

Tikkun Olam Updates

The JCA Tikkun Olam Committee regularly posts information on current events, social justice actions and organizations in need of donations. Please click on Learn More to stay updated on their activities, and read about the principles that guide the work of social justice in our community.

Prayer Services Available Online

Our Weekday Shacharit service, Weekday Ma’ariv service, the Kabbalat Shabbat service in Hebrew and English, and our Shabbat Morning services are now available on the JCA Virtual Updates page. Click on Learn More to access them.

Kolot – JCA Voices

Past issues of the JCA newsletter, Kolot – JCA Voices, are available here. Please note there are no current publications until further notice. Announcements and information are now available on the JCA Virtual Updates page on this website.

Upcoming

MA’ARIV TALK
Monday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
Defining Anti-Semitism: “The Jerusalem Declaration”
Conversation with Profs. Stephen Clingman and David Mednicoff

Please join us for another in our series of occasional, stimulating discussions, as we explore the The Jerusalem Declaration on Anti-Semitism (JDA). This document was drafted and supported by a wide range of global scholars of Jewish, Holocaust, and Middle-Eastern Studies, including members of the JCA. Recently published, the JDA seeks to enhance the fight against anti-Jewish words and deeds by providing clearer guidelines around what constitutes antisemitism than the well-known definition put forward by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Where the IHRA definition often blurs the lines between political speech and antisemitism, the JDA offers a set of distinct improvements. The JDA drafters believe their work is important for combatting anti-Jewish hatred, for promoting human rights, and for encouraging free speech around contested issues, all of which are critical for democratic values and discourse. The text of the JDA can be found HERE.

Stephen Clingman is Distinguished Professor of English and former Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at UMass. David Mednicoff is Department Chair & Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy at UMass. Both are longtime JCA members!

The program will begin with the Ma’ariv service at 7:00 pm, with the conversation beginning promptly at 7:30 pm, followed by a Q & A, and lasting approximately an hour.

Link to join Ma’ariv Minyan and the Ma’ariv Talk: https://zoom.us/j/212564637

To join by phone, dial 646-558-8656 (New York), and then enter meeting ID: 212 564 637

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