By Bob Hyfler What ails the structures of the Jewish world is not a question of mission, division of labor or form, nor the absence of leadership. It is the absence of an informed, sustained, multi-generation conversation among the many on our collective challenges and directions. To his credit, Steve Windmueller catalogues many of the right issues but perhaps marginalizes others I think to be of equal or greater importance. We are too … [Read more...] about Structures as if People Matter: A Quick Response to Steven Windmueller
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By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. Our enemies are seeking to redefine our status, question our loyalty, and undermine our political interests. Some accuse us of trying to “replace” or imitate WASPS as the new power group. These new negative images represent an element of the contemporary assault on Jewish Americans. In the end, however, these attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions are really about a larger question, what type of American ethos … [Read more...] about “Whiteness” as the New Measure of Anti-Semitism
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When institutions make new leadership choices, what criteria drive their selections? A set of significant structural and policy issues confront educational institutions today. This is especially the case for our Jewish seminaries. The decline of support for organized religion, the changing roles of clergy, and the presence of new competitors represent three of these primary institutional challenges. Seminaries such … [Read more...] about Leading from the Outside In:
Examining a Different Institutional Leadership Model For JTS-HUC-AJU
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. “Jews considered themselves actors in political history even when they lacked the power to shape it.” Wherever Jews have lived, they have been engaged with both political authorities, always understanding the importance of asserting their interests. Throughout their history, two ideas were central to Jewish communities: advancing their self-interests and demonstrating political adaptability (adjustment to … [Read more...] about Elements: Revisiting the Principles of Jewish Community Relations
By Steven Windmueller American Jews are experiencing a cultural awakening concerning their status as citizens and their role as Jews in this society. In the aftermath of Pittsburgh and as a result of the November 6th election, a new reality is setting in with regard to the “Jewish condition” in this nation. Anti-Semitism is driving a piece of this growing instability. The political climate is also fueling a sense of discomfort. Many … [Read more...] about Something Right Here and Right Now is Happening: The Reawakening of America’s Jews