Generations & Re-Generation: Implications for Sustaining the Jewish Community

New language, new ideas and new ways to define connections are needed if we are to adapt as a community to the many new opportunities for engagement emerging from every corner of our culture. By David Elcott and Stuart Himmelfarb In the time since we founded B3/The Jewish Boomer Platform, we have endeavored to change the conversation about aging and its implications for strengthening Jewish life in the United States. Our initial survey (in 2009) indicated that Baby Boomers are a vulnerable population, open to Jewish institutions, programs, and resources, but not wedded to them. In the ensuing years, we expanded our efforts with an exploration of the attitudes, behaviors and fidelity of the four adult cohorts in the Jewish community. This new survey, which examines more affiliated and engaged … [Read more...]

Prioritizing Learning

[This article is the seventh 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.] By Karin Klein A master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute includes a great deal of coursework in Jewish history and current Jewish culture, as well as instruction in leadership, organizational management, and philosophy. As a middle school science teacher at Solomon Schechter Day … [Read more...]

On “Activism in Challenging Times”

By Russel Neiss Like many others who read eJPhil, I am both aware and so thoroughly appreciative of the work of Lynn Schusterman as an individual, and in her role as the Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the amazing work that she has helped support in the Jewish and broader community. Which was one of the reasons I was quite surprised and saddened to read Ms. Schusterman's piece in Sunday's eJPhil advocating for a cancellation of the Metropolitan Opera's performance of The Death of Klinghoffer writing that it, "presents a singular viewpoint about a horrific act of terrorism, contains language that can only be described as anti-Semitic and goes so far as to imply moral equivalence between the Nazis and Jews." I don't know if she, like many of the … [Read more...]

Introducing the Slingshot Class of 2014 – 2015


Slingshot has released Slingshot ‘14 - ‘15 - its tenth annual guide to North America’s most innovative Jewish organizations. The Guide, a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects, will help ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. Among the hundreds of organizations that applied for inclusion 82 were selected, and were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. Slingshot also published three smaller editions and supplements to accompany the Slingshot Guide. There are two regional editions, the Slingshot DC Edition and the Slingshot Midwest Edition, which highlight 18 and 21 organizations, respectively. … [Read more...]

Tmura Passes $10 Million in Funds Raised for Charity


Tel Aviv, Israel - October 20, 2014 - Tmura - the Israeli Public Service Venture Fund has surpassed the $10,000,000 mark in funds raised to support education- and youth-related charities throughout Israel. This funding has been allocated to more than 100 nonprofit organizations, enhancing the lives of thousands of children in Israel. 360 Israeli and Israel-related high-tech companies have participated in Tmura’s equity donation program to date in support of the organization’s fundraising efforts. With this unique model, Tmura raised significant funds most recently as a result of exits from PrimeSense, Somoto, Soluto, and KitLocate, and now raised an additional $423,000 after it sold shares in Borderfree (NASDAQ: BRDR). Borderfree, a market leader in international cross-border ecommerce … [Read more...]

Birthright Israel Foundation Drops 27% in Private Support 2012 to 2013

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According to the just released Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of the 400 charities that collect the most from private sources, Birthright Israel Foundation's private support for fiscal 2013 decreased 27.2% from fiscal 2012. UJA-Federation of New York's private support dropped 10.9% and Yeshiva University was down 12.1%. Overall the study found a 10.9-percent increase in money raised from 2012 to 2013 for more than 330 charities that reported contributions for both years. Jewish communal organizations listed include: Total Private Support fiscal 2013 % change from fiscal 2012 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee* $311,992,238 +4.4% Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston* $225,445,590 +7.7% Jewish Communal Fund … [Read more...]

Activism in Challenging Times

Our mark on the world will be characterized not just by what we stand against but also by what we stand for. By Lynn Schusterman Over the past month, we have celebrated the start to the Jewish new year and the series of holidays that includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. This year, I find myself even more reflective than usual, following a summer of great pain and turmoil and in the face of ongoing global challenges. What I have always loved about these holidays is that while they invite intensely personal moments of reflection and atonement, we are expected to celebrate them as a community. Together, we are reminded of the fragility of life. Together we are reminded of all for which we must be thankful. Together we are reminded of how we, as individuals and as a … [Read more...]