by Rabbi Tzvi Graetz Last year, some of our kehillot were looking for Simchat Torah flags and voiced their frustration that they could only find flags that were relevant to the orthodox Jewish world. We needed a flag that spoke to modern, pluralistic yet traditional Jews. One look at the flag and people all over the world would know who we are and what we believe in: Flags of the world - Jewish peoplehood. Prominence of the Israeli Flag … [Read more...] about Why This Flag?
by Amy Braier (nee Philip) Like many foundations, we wrestle on an ongoing basis with issues of evaluation. The Holy Grail of evaluation seems to be evidence: we want evidence that the work we are funding is having a positive impact, and evidence that we as funders are making a difference and the Jewish community is no exception. However, in order to obtain this evidence, we and the organisations we fund are increasingly required to … [Read more...] about Interpreting the Evidence
by Rabbi Drew Kaplan Two years ago was when the problem first surfaced for me. I was at Hillel Institute, the national staff conference for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, in a session with the other rabbis at the conference. Under discussion was a study/report carried out for Hillel regarding the Senior Jewish Educators (SJEs). One of the rabbis in the room asked about measuring the impact of the SJEs: was it only with … [Read more...] about Qualitative Metrics for the Jewish Community?
by Zvi Peleg During summer vacation for 1.3 million Israeli school children, it’s worth asking what sort of education system we want waiting for them in September. Will the school system offer experiences to prepare them for life? Will students be able to genuinely prepare for their integration into Israeli society? Will they be exposed to social values and learn to appreciate the importance of contributing to that society? Answers to … [Read more...] about Our Education System Can Put Up a Fight Against Facebook
by Abigail Pickus Dashing around Jerusalem, despite the heat that has been enveloping Israel like an unwelcome wool coat, Evelyn Gerson could be any stylish young woman with a head of auburn curls and a cute pair of sandals. But Gerson, 30, who spent time in Israel this summer for the PresenTense SocialStart Training Course, in partnership with the ROI Community, is a young social entrepreneur from Argentina who grew up in Moisés Ville, the … [Read more...] about Growing up in the ‘Jerusalem of Argentina’