The federations need a serious conference to tackle their challenges; will the GA be that conference? eJP will be asking the hard questions at the GA. First up, federations’ overseas giving: A look at the hard numbers reveals there has never been a better time to raise money for Israel outside the federations, or a worse time to depend on the federations’ overseas largesse. … [Read more...] about GA Curtain Raiser: Looking for Answers
by David Chivo For nearly 120 years, Jewish federations have advanced Jewish life throughout North America. But incontrovertible changes within and beyond the American Jewish community have forever impacted the scope and purpose of the Jewish federation model. From its beginning in Boston in 1895 until about 20 years ago, the role of the Jewish federation movement was mostly unquestioned. Federations ensured the sacred survival of Israel; … [Read more...] about From Strained Authority to Authentic Leadership: The Jewish Federation of the 21st Century
Speaking at the closing plenary of The Jewish Agency's board meeting, Natan Sharansky addressed the recent arrest of Anat Hoffman saying, "We are very angry and very upset at the behavior of Israel's police." … [Read more...] about Sharansky: We Are Angry and Upset at Israel’s Police
by Carrie Bornstein and Aliza Kline [The recent leadership transition at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center can be instructive to other organizations in transition especially those who face the change from start up to “second stage.” Now eleven years old, Mayyim Hayyim was envisioned by Anita Diamant and built by founding executive director Aliza Kline to be a new kind of resource serving the Greater Boston … [Read more...] about Trust in Transition: The Story of Mayyim Hayyim’s Recent Executive Transition
by Zachary Lasker, Ed.D. Our conversation seemed so innocuous, as a friend told me about her Saturday night plan to give out candy to trick-or-treating kids in her apartment building. A mental calendar popped up in my head confirming that Saturday night would be October 27th - four days before the October 31st date of Halloween. This didn’t seem right. … [Read more...] about Who Are We Educating Today?