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Jewishly," Finkelstein said.
This isn't the first time the JCCA
has attempted to raise its profile. Over
the past century, JCCs evolved from
urban settlement houses for immi-
grants and places for young men to
play basketball, to gleaming suburban
centers built around camps, preschools
and gyms, much like YMCAs.
During the 1990s,the JCCA tried to
"put the J back in JCC," publicizing
the fact they also offer adult Jewish
education and Jewish cultural events.
But "the world has totally changed"
since then, Finkelstein said.
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First there was a 1999 shooting at a
Los Angeles JCC, followed by the
Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Both
events underlined the need for tighter
Then the 2000-01 National Jewish
Population Survey came out, showing
that nearly 20 percent of the 4.3 mil-
lion most Jewishly active members of
the community — out of some 5.2
million Jews in the United States —
belonged to a JCC. That study reaf-
firmed the notion that many Jews
have stepped into a JCC in recent
years, Finkelstein said.
Working from the NJPS figures, the
JCCA plan estimated that 28 percent
of Jewish households — amounting to
1.7 million Jews, or one-third of
American Jewry — either belong to a
JCC or have participated in an activity
The JCCA then hired a leading
branding firm, Landor Associates of
New York, to retool its image. The
firm interviewed more than 100 edu-
cators, rabbis, Jewish communal pro-
fessionals and others about JCCs. The
interviews showed that JCCs had a
"fuzzy" image that needed more focus.
Some at the biennial welcomed the
move. "It gives me a guide as to what I
can look to as my vision," said Richard
Comiter, president of the JCC of the
Greater Palm Beach area.
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