By Jeff Kline

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10 Best JCC Websites of 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We scoured the web on a search for the very best Jewish Community Center websites. What did we find? Stunning photography, clean layouts, user-friendly navigation...and a few elements that took us by surprise!

The following websites are the ones that made the cut. We consider these sites to be the best JCC websites of 2014!

 

Alper JCC - Miami

Alper JCC Miami website

Visiting the Alper JCC website is a fun experience, with its vivid photography, cool CSS3 transitions and fixed navigation.

 

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

In addition to the clean layout and high quality images, the Kaplen JCC features an interesting typeface, Questrial

 

Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley JCC website

The Silicon Valley JCC's website is clean and well-organized, with call-to-action buttons that really stand out.

 

Jewish Community of Louisville

Jewish Community of Louisville website

The Jewish Community of Louisville website sticks to a monochromatic color scheme, using only shades of blue, which creates a clean, easy-on-the-eyes look. Menu items feature a cool rollover state—visit the site to see it for yourself!

 

JCC Metro West

JCC Metro West website

The JCC Metro West keeps things simple with a 4-item navigation menu. The Activities By Age is a great tool to help visitors easily find the right programs for their families.

 

Robert E-Loup JCC Denver

JCC Denver website design

 

The Denver JCC uses plenty of whitespace to create a clean and simple look. The menu items and social media buttons feature some pretty slick CSS3 transitions

 

Jewish Federation of Madison

Jewish Federation of Madison website

The Jewish Federation of Madison website features a beautiful full-width image rotator and a long-scrolling homepage with "panes" for different sections of content.

 

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island (Dwares JCC)

Jewish Alliance Rhode Island website

This website has a beautiful design, but what we really love about the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island website is how the different age groups are displayed at the bottom of each page.

Jewish Alliance Rhode Island - age groups on website

 

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston

JCC Houston website

The photography on the JCC Houston website is phenomenal, and we love how the navigation is broken down into Activities By Age and Activities By Interest.

 

2015 Dallas Maccabi Games

2015 Dallas Maccabi Games website 

While not technically a JCC website, there is a lot to learn from the 2015 Dallas Maccabi Games website. This website bends the rules with a video background, diagonal lines (which adds some geometric flair), and a logo that is right smack in the middle of the page (rather than in the upper left corner, where we're used to seeing it).

 

So, what makes a JCC website great? 

Based on this year's Top 10, it seems like the secret to  a great JCC web design is:

  • a well-organized layout
  • plenty of whitespace
  • large, high-quality images
  • user-friendly navigation
  • a simple color scheme

And don't be afraid to try out some of the latest trends, like video backgrounds, geometric elements and CSS3 transitions!

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