by Klaudia Klimek Being Jewish is difficult with community. I do not mean just people who are alike, but every kind of Jew you could imagine, there are many varieties. A few months ago, while on the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship in Warsaw, I had a chance to listen to professor Schachter lecture using a poster/advertisement displaying various kinds of Jews, by comparing them to the idea represented by Starbucks. We have a paper cup with coffee, on … [Read more...] about From Krakow to Bochum: The Journey Continues
by Charles Cohen Donors recognize the importance of strong organizations in their respective communities: that’s why they often spread their philanthropic giving, like chopped liver on challah, across multiple institutions. Committed Jewish families also understand that idea of “the more, the more”: the more Jewish activities children experience, the more likely those kids will grow into engaged adults. In a similar vein, Jewish organizations … [Read more...] about Synagogues and Day Schools, Sitting in a Tree…
by Jason Langsner In Judaism a bar or bat mitzvah is a coming of age ritual celebrated on ones 13th birthday. Traditionally parents will give a gift of a tallit to their child for the special occasion. The boy or girl will wrap themselves in it for the first time and will recite the Torah. They will be blessed by the Rabbi and congregation and will go to sleep that night as an adult. … [Read more...] about Another 10 Days in Reverse: Bringing (more) Israelis to the U.S.
The Jewish Communal Service Association of North America will honor a veteran leader and three young professionals all of whom have distinguished themselves through exemplary service in their agencies and communities: Marsha F. Hurwitz, the newly-appointed COO of the San Francisco Jewish Federation and Endowment Fund, will be honored with the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award that annually recognizes significant and sustained … [Read more...] about JCSA to Honor Four Communal Professionals
More than 120 major Jewish leaders, decision makers and academics from around the Jewish world, will attend 'The Conference on the Future of the Jewish People', taking place October 30-31 in Jerusalem. The goal of the conference is to hold in-depth discussions on the strategic issues affecting the future of the Jewish People and the State of Israel. JPPI President Avinoam Bar-Yosef, stressed that the conference will, for the first time, raise … [Read more...] about Leaders Gather to Examine Jewish World Budget Efficiently