(Photo credit: Magali Druscovich) TARRYTOWN, New York — Pulling into the parking lot of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, one can’t help but notice the work in progress that is the new Tappan Zee Bridge.It’s an almost too-perfect, real life metaphor for the events taking place just inside the hotel’s Grand Ballroom: four days of bridge building between Jewish Community Centers from Mumbai to Memphis and all points in between.Now back home in Buenos Aires, Ariela Lijavetzky reflected on her time spent in Tarrytown.
Last time the JCC paired with its sister JCC in Kfar Yona along with Centro Deportivo Israelita (CDI) in Mexico City.
The three partners spent two years engaging over 120 Jewish teens, families and volunteers.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Fifty-three Jewish Community Centers from 15 countries came together for the JCC Global World Conference in New York from November 5-9.
They listened to panel discussions on Jewish identity and how to learn from failure, they shopped at a local mall and visited a Harlem JCC.
The teens met monthly at their respective centers to work on family heritage, genealogy, and when appropriate, interviewing Holocaust survivors in family.
Then each summer, the three communities gathered for a week-long encounter.
“The truth is, for me, the projects are about building cultural ties.
The project is important, but it also gives you a reason to call each other.
Representatives from different JCCs worldwide participating in a ‘speed dating’ event aimed at pairing up different centers on 2-3 year long projects.
(Photo credit: Magali Druscovich) “We wanted to engage teens — that’s the big, hot topic.
They see how different Jewish communities look around the world,” said Bernstein.