Twenty years ago, a small group of dreamers imagined a vision of community that would inspire deeper connections to Jewish life and Jewish values while celebrating the diversity and creativity of New York Jewry. Thus was the JCC in
Manhattan (then known as the JCC on the Upper West Side) born. Ten years later, in 1999, John Ruskay articulated a vision for Jewish community as he became
the new executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York. What is interesting to observe is how similar these visions were. Ruskay asked some challenging questions within his inaugural address, questions that have engaged the founders, leaders, and staff of the JCC in Manhattan from its inception. In this article, I share some of his questions and the ways they have played out in the day-to-day life of what has become a thriving center of Jewish life in Manhattan.
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Levitt, Joy D. The Questions That Challenge Us and the Community That Binds Us: The JCC in Manhattan and UJA-Federation. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: