Stephen Hazan Arnoff's Blog on Music, Art, Religion, Myth and Reality
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Sounding Board: I Have a New Gig I
There are things and then there are things. One of those things happens to be a new job. It's not that new -- about five months. As CEO and President of JCC Association -- the umbrella organization of the 350 sites that comprise the Jewish Community Center Movement -- every two weeks I have been posting a short piece on a song that inspires thinking about where this band of communities and opportunities might go. Find the originals at Sounding Board or, over the next few weeks, right here. The first is entitled: Let the Listening Tour Begin.
You Get What You Give. Get Up Offa That Thing. You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play.
Melodies tripped and jangled through the New York City office of JCC Association during my first two weeks on the job as CEO and President.
You Better, You Better, You Bet.
After meeting individually with more than fifty members of our team in the first stage of an intensive assessment of our work with all of our stakeholders, I asked everyone for the song that she or he wanted to share with the family of three hundred and fifty JCCs and Ys, camps, and agencies we serve.
Friends. Power of Soul. I’ve Just Seen a Face.
Considering the millions of annual visits to our sites, the countless moments of meaning and connection and the endless possibilities JCCs offer each day — it’s no wonder our team wants to get up and sing about what we do.
What’s Going On? What’s So Funny ’bout Peace, Love and Understanding? Changes.
But we also recognize that as we enter a transition in leadership — with tremendous gratitude for what’s been built before us as well as a buzz of curiosity and determination to discover what’s next — there are many questions about what we as a movement should strive to be.
People. Natural Mystic. I Will Survive.
Music is one of the world’s great connectors — a comfort, a prophecy, a secret smile. It’s a looking glass to see ourselves and a window into the world. It’s the echo of what we think we know and a whisper of dreams we have all but forgotten.
Glory. Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Dream On. Yehiyeh Tov. New Day Rising.
Our team is listening closely: What rhythms will move our communities five, ten, or twenty years from now? What voices will blend in unexpected harmony? When you tune your ears to the sounds of the Jewish community of the future, what songs do you hear?