by Joshua Avedon A recent article on this site ("Innovation Isn’t Dead, It’s Working" - February 5, 2013) raised concerns that last year’s merger of Hazon with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center has sparked casual conversations about the end of the innovation era. The authors of that post, my colleagues Lisa Lepson and Will Schneider, correctly argue that there is continuing evidence that Jewish innovation is going strong, … [Read more...] about Three More “i” Words: Innovation in Isolation is Irrelevant
Most synagogues would celebrate if a dozen teenagers showed up at Shabbat services on a regular Friday night. How would it feel when 1000 attended? Awesome. Just awesome. by Rabbi Paul Kipnes At home, we sometimes used to struggle to feed balanced meals to our 3 teenagers. Imagine trying to feed 1000 as these Jewish teens sat together to for Shabbat dinner. And that was only the beginning. … [Read more...] about NFTY Convention: Where Prayer is Spine-Tingling, Bone-Shakingly Inspiring
[eJP note: As Lisa Eisen and Chip Edelsberg wrote in To Everything There Is a Season: The Metamorphosis of Israel Education, "today’s field of Israel education is embracing innovative approaches to experiential learning and emerging from its nascent stage with the possibility of becoming a fundamental element of Jewish education and Jewish identity formation." To advance the conversation, and to set the stage for the Spring release of the … [Read more...] about Israel Isn’t the Problem – We are.
Today sees publication of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research's (JPR) second report on the 2011 UK National Census data. Their first report, published in December 2012, looked at the UK Jewish population at Local Authority District level, and noted that whilst the Jewish population of England and Wales has remained largely static since 2001, there are significant changes taking place at the more local level. This second report also focuses … [Read more...] about The Growth and Decline of U.K. Jewish Neighbourhoods
The Ukraine's Victor Pinchuk has become the first Jewish billionaire from the countries of the Former Soviet Union to sign The Giving Pledge, a formal commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Forbes' Ukrainian edition places Pinchuk's wealth at $3.7 billion, making him Ukraine's second-richest man. The Kiev-born Pinchuk, 52, is a former Soviet engineer who built … [Read more...] about First Jewish Oligarch Signs Gates Giving Pledge