“The truth is, for me, the projects are about building cultural ties.

The next time they meet as a whole will be November 2019 in Jerusalem when they present their accomplishments.

One popular program is Family Tree, an initiative Dan Bernstein, executive director of the Merage JCC of Orange County, California looks forward to repeating.

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.

Aside from Israel and North America, there were JCCs from the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Europe and the Far East.

JCC Global supervises the projects, checking in with respective JCCs throughout the year.

“Usually, in Israel we don’t think about was defines us as Jewish.

Here you see new Jewish communities — this is something new for me, how different every community is,” Koma said.

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.

Last time the JCC paired with its sister JCC in Kfar Yona along with Centro Deportivo Israelita (CDI) in Mexico City.