L’Dor V’Dor: My Evolution Through Joshua Venture Group’s Dual Investment Program and Words of Wisdom for the Incoming Fellows

By Matt Bar Two years ago, when I learned that I had been selected as a 2012-2014 Fellow for Joshua Venture Group’s (JVG) Dual Investment Program, I couldn’t believe that I would be joining the ranks of such respected, successful, and impactful individuals. The vote of confidence it gave me that I, too, showed promise like the founders of Sharsheret, JDub Records, Keshet, G-dcast, Challah for Hunger, and numerous others who were a part of the program’s prestigious group of alumni was invaluable. … [Read more...]

Joshua Venture Group Announces 2014-16 Cohort: First All Female Cohort of Jewish Social Entrepreneurs

Joshua Venture Group (JVG) has announced the selection of the 2014-2016 Dual Investment Program cohort which is comprised of six female social entrepreneurs with visions for creating a more dynamic, just, and inclusive Jewish community. Each Fellow will receive more than $100,000 in funding and skill building support over two years to develop their ventures and nurture their leadership and management skills, ensuring the growth of organizations that will strengthen and enhance the Jewish community. JVG, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reinvigorating and expanding the Jewish community through building the capacity of young ventures and their leadership, carefully chose the exceptional group from a rigorous application process launched in spring 2014. For the first time, the Program called … [Read more...]

Shalom TV Rebrands as JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service

Shalom TV, America's Jewish television network, has rebranded as "JBS" - the Jewish Broadcasting Service. The rebrand reflects Shalom TV's expanding role on the world Jewish scene as the channel positions itself to become the global English-language Jewish channel. Shalom TV became the first Jewish network on American television when it launched on Comcast in 2006 as a Video On Demand service. … [Read more...]

Between Anti-Semitism and Economic Malaise, Jewish Life in France Continues

“In today’s France, there are reasons for despair. But there are also reasons for hope.” Laurent David Samama By Liam Hoare Nowhere are the problems for Jews in Europe in 2014 more evident than in France - but not everyone is reaching for the oft-mentioned suitcase. These problems are much discussed and well-known. First and foremost, there is anti-Semitism as hate speech (particularly on the Internet) and violent action, including confrontations in the street in the vicinity of synagogues and the vandalism of Jewish-owned businesses. The one and the other have generated much fear of attack and assault, even among the many who have not experienced anti-Semitism personally. There are the present economic difficulties which impact not only the Jewish community but the whole of France. … [Read more...]

The Building Blocks of Jewish Education

By Dr. Barry Chazan [This article is the second in Advancing Jewish Leadership: A Series on Jewish Context and Professional Practices. Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is currently marking its 90th anniversary with the launch of the Center for Jewish Leadership. In this series, faculty, mentors, graduates, and staff of Spertus Institute’s graduate degree, certificate, and professional programs share valuable insights relevant to all those working for and with Jewish organizations. Read Article #1 by Dr. Dean P. Bell, Series Introduction: Insights from the Field and the Classroom] Within the last ten years, Jewish professional education has undergone a drastic transformation. Graduate institutions catering to pre-professional Jewish students now populate every region of … [Read more...]

Special Photo Exhibition on Late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon Unveiled in Minsk Today

Gilad Sharon at the exhibition opening; photo by Yossi Aloni.

Minsk, Belarus, Sept. 15 - A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place today in Minsk at the National History Museum of Belarus, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State. The event was held as part of the Limmud FSU Belarus festival, a festival of Jewish learning, held Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk, which drew over 600 young Jews, mostly professionals 20-40 years old. The memorial for Israel’s eleventh prime minister was held in collaboration with the Government of Belarus, the Embassy of Israel, and the local Jewish community, with the participation of Sharon's son Gilad, and close aide Israel Maimon, who served as his Cabinet Secretary. Marit Danon, the head secretary in Prime Minister’s Sharon’s office, curated … [Read more...]

As the School Year Begins in Ukraine, Memories of A Summer in Israel Linger

ZMAN.IL 2014

By Avital Chizhik special to eJP With the arrival of a breezy autumn in Kharkov, students have begun a new school year amidst continuous tension. With the 5-month-old conflict’s death toll reaching 3,000 according to UN reports, and talks of a ceasefire, most Ukrainian high school students are returning from summers rife with anxiety and fear. But for dozens of Jewish youngsters, this summer was a rare breath of fresh air - having spent their summer in Israel. This past summer, 40 young Jews from war-torn Ukraine found necessary, if not ironic, respite in a quiet kibbutz in southern Israel - despite the conflict raging on the Gaza border. Flown to Israel for relief from Ukraine’s most dangerous regions, including Donetsk, these students were participants of ZMAN.IL, a special Jewish … [Read more...]