Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital Receives $20m Gift to Create New DC Middle School

The only Jewish day school in Washington, DC has received a $20 million gift commitment to build a new middle school on its upper 16th Street campus. The gift, from Alfred Moses and The Gottesman Fund to the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (JPDS-NC), is among the largest of its kind to a Washington-area independent school or to any Jewish day school in the nation. … [Read more...]

Measures for Organizational Success: Setting Operational Standards for Jewish Nonprofits


By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. How does your organization “stack up?” In exploring the best practices of American business, we have extracted and adopted ten standards by which Jewish organizations might “measure” their success. Increasingly, we note that donors want to see defined outcomes and measurable indicators of institutional performance. This framework of analysis is based on a study of some 15 Jewish institutions; this research effort parallels the work of the Jim Joseph Foundation on determining “information, metrics and tools to both measure and achieve high performance.”[1] In an age when institutions must demonstrate levels of proficiency and produce a heightened record of organizational performance, such evaluation standards ought to benefit the nonprofit sector. What then ought to … [Read more...]

The Eternal Launch of the “New Website”


In the same way department stores dress their windows each season, showcasing new merchandise and reflecting global trends to sell their wares, our virtual shop window needs constant attention, investment and redevelopment. By Louise Szczerb Recently I found myself in a meeting of Program Directors at Pardes and I reported that we were shortly due to be relaunching our website. A colleague quipped, “You always seem to be re-launching the website.” At first, I questioned the statement and then said, “Yes we are, and isn’t it fantastic!” Shortly after I joined Pardes six and half years ago, we embarked on a major branding overhaul. It was a mammoth task: finding the right design agency, getting budgets approved and involving those at every level including board members in Israel and … [Read more...]

Re-Declaring Independence

Israel Dec of Indep

By Noga Brenner Samia and Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg This past Wednesday night, on the eve of Independence Day, over 200 Israeli leaders, scholars, artists, educators, students and members of the general public filled Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard in central Tel Aviv. They gathered at the very site Israel was declared a state 67 years ago, to hear four women leaders re-read and re-interpret the Declaration of Independence. Hannah Kehat, Anat Hoffman, Orit Kamir and Hadassah Froman shared their thoughts on the nature and future of Israeli democracy inspired by and based upon the Israeli Declaration of Independence. At the same time in Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, and cities throughout Israel, hundreds more gathered to read and re-declare Israeli independence, as part of a growing … [Read more...]

Richard A. Siegel Set to Retire from HUC-JIR

Richard A. Siegel, Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (ZSJNM) of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, will retire as of July 1, 2015. In announcing the retirement, College president Rabbi Aaron Panken said, “Richard Siegel has laid a solid foundation for the future of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. He anticipated changes in the Jewish nonprofit sector with its attendant need for visionary and highly educated leaders. By steering the Zelikow School through a renaming and rebranding process seven years ago, he demonstrated the importance of a nonprofit education, not only for Jewish professionals, but for a new generation of rabbis grappling with shifting institutional structures and … [Read more...]

Camp Pembroke Awarded Inaugural “Goodman Prize for Excellence in Israel Education at Camp”

Camp Pembroke

In recognition of its success infusing Israel into a greater part of camp culture and overall experience, Camp Pembroke in Pembroke, MA, was awarded the inaugural “Goodman Prize for Excellence in Israel Education at Camp.” Along with nine other camp semi-finalists for the $1,800 cash prize award, Camp Pembroke - an all-girls pluralist Jewish summer camp - is part of the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History. The ongoing initiative enhances and expands the commitment of Jewish overnight camps to modern Israel history and dynamic Israel education within all parts of camp, and is designed to help campers build deep and meaningful connections with Israel. Compared to just a few years ago, Camp Pembroke today offers campers many more opportunities for Israel engagement, with … [Read more...]

Lost Tribe of Bnei Menashe in Northeastern India Celebrates Israel’s 67th Independence

More than 1,500 members of the Bnei Menashe Lost Tribe, including these women and children, celebrate Israel Independence Day in Churachandpur, India. Photo Credit: Tzvi Khaute, Courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Churachandpur, India, April 24 - More than 1,500 members of the Bnei Menashe community from across northeastern India gathered today in the town of Churachandpur in the Indian state of Manipur to celebrate Israel’s 67th Independence Day. The special event, which was held at the B. Vengnom Community Hall, featured the theme “Next Year in Jerusalem,” and included prayers for the Jewish State and the Israel Defense Forces as well as the ceremonial raising of the Israeli flag. The Bnei Menashe participants sang the Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah” and read Psalm 126, which expresses their longing for Zion. Shavei Israeli Founder and President Michael Freund said that the ceremony embodies the hopes of the Bnei Menashe to move to Israel. “The Bnei Menashe love and support the State of Israel, … [Read more...]