Jewish values guide and enrich the JCC. Underlying the JCC’s vitality are core Jewish tenets transcending generations, epitomized by the story of Abraham and Sarah’s tent. In the story, Abraham so values welcoming guests that he interrupts G-d to greet three strangers, invites them in, bathes their feet and offers refreshment. The JCC strives to build a culture that incorporates this Bibilical philosophy for each person entering our facilities. Focused on what transpires every day inside our “tent,” the JCC aspires to be a center of learning, joy, growth and respect for diversity regardless of how or whether one worships.
The Jewish calendar, focused on the moon, is based on a lunar month within a solar year. There are twelve (and in a leap year, thirteen) Jewish months, each with 29 or 30 days.
Every month corresponds to one lunar cycle. The lunar cycle begins with a new moon and continues to a waxing moon, a full moon in the middle of the month, a waning moon, and then starts over with a new moon.
The secular calendar, based on twelve months of 28 to 31 days within a solar year, does not correspond to the Jewish calendar.