by Rabbi Rick Block There are times when it seems that something fundamental might, just might, be shifting. That’s how I felt following a discussion in which Rabbi Steve Fox and I represented the Reform Movement (for the CCAR), together with Rick Jacobs (for the URJ) and Jack Luxemberg (for ARZA), in a meeting with Natan Sharansky of the Jewish Agency, about his proposed solution to issues presented by the Women of the Wall. While an … [Read more...] about Women of the Wall: The Sharansky Proposal
by Aaron Starr Most conversations about Jewish education focus on the “how” and rarely get to the “what.” Should we invert the two? When those of us who are leaders in the world of Jewish education seek to define and, consequently, improve synagogue-based schools, we appropriately desire to engage the most cutting edge of educational delivery methods - and, for marketing purposes, to be known by our methodology. Consequently, the prevailing … [Read more...] about Why Is This Religious School Different from All Other Religious Schools?
by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky and Amanda Kaletsky Here at Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute, we often discuss the value of participating in the Jewish community. In other words, how do I personally benefit from being a Jew or from participating in Jewish communal life? But why do I have to pay for it before I understand its benefit and value? Thanks to social media and other free platforms like Facebook, we have been socialized in such as … [Read more...] about Show the Value in Jewish Community Before Sending the Bill
[eJP note: This piece is part of a three-part series prepared by the grant recipients of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation’s Second Stage Fund. The pieces seek to detail the factors that have contributed to the individual organizations’ plans for long-term sustainability.] by Elie Kaunfer When someone asks me for advice these days about launching a Jewish start-up, I always ask first: “Who is your partner?” In my mind, this is much more … [Read more...] about From Founder’s Dilemma to Founders’ Advantage: The Partnership Model as a Pathway to Second Stage Growth
[eJP note: The Jim Joseph Foundation's recently released report, Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens, examines and compares the work of twenty-one respected programs serving young people both inside and outside the Jewish world. The study was developed to help inform the Jewish community's collective thinking about community-based Jewish learning experiences offered to teens. In a series for eJewishPhilanthropy, a … [Read more...] about Making the “Jewish” Choice Their Choice