Chicago industrialist/philanthropist Ted Perlman and his wife Harriette have pledged $25 million to accelerate BBYO’s initiatives for young Jewish women and teens. The gift, one of the largest single commitments to a youth-serving organization in modern history, provides immediate resources for BBYO to launch and expand new programs and provides endowment funding that will support such activities in perpetuity. The Perlman's gift will … [Read more...] about BBYO receives historic $25 million Pledge to Support Women’s Leadership and Empowerment
By Rabbi Michael M. Cohen In his 1925 Rosh Hashanah sermon, Rabbi Israel Herbert Levinthal of the Brooklyn Jewish Center prophetically preached, “We build here in America magnificent synagogues, centers and temples. Very good! But if you think for a moment that that will bring back the Jewish world, I say to you that you are suffering under a great illusion. That is the mistake we are making in America. We are working and spending, but not … [Read more...] about A Birthright Program for the American Jewish Home
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
The following letter, a version of which was shared with my own family, models an old Jewish tradition of Hebrew ethical wills:
When we are together, I am not always comfortable speaking to you about life and more directly your world. Indeed, if we have occasion to speak, I tend to ask you questions like “how is school going?” or “what’s new in your world?” These inquiries are asked with sincere interest in … [Read more...] about Creating Ethical Wills:
A Letter to My Nieces and Nephews
By Jonathan Mirvis The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Melton Centre for Jewish education will launch the Melton Fellows Program in the forthcoming academic year. This program will comprise two tracks: Jewish thought and its application to education; Social entrepreneurship in Jewish education. In this post we will focus on the social entrepreneurship track. The field of Jewish education is facing a number of existential … [Read more...] about Social Entrepreneurship in Jewish Education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A global Jewish effort is underway to identify an original, creative, implementable, and enduring initiative to strengthen the connection between Diaspora Jewry and Israel. Over 30 organizations and over 20 judges from around the world have partnered with the SonShine Foundation to invite social entrepreneurs with an interest in Jewish peoplehood to submit an innovative proposal. The winning initiative will receive a $10,000 cash … [Read more...] about The Launch of the Global Connection Competition