by David Bernstein and Phillip Brodsky Embarking on its 100th year, AEPi fraternity has become a vital force in Jewish life. Indeed, while many segments of American Jewish life are in decline, AEPi is rapidly growing. Ranked number one amongst fraternities in academic achievement, the movement has in the past four years grown from 7,000 to 9,000 undergraduate members and an all-time high 166 chapters worldwide. The national office of AEPi, … [Read more...] about Leadership Lessons of AEPi International Fraternity
by Isi Liebler The diaspora is undergoing a Jewish leadership crisis. In the United States, where the vast majority of Jews outside Israel reside, the key professionals dominating the scene are close to retirement, yet failing to groom successors. With a few notable exceptions, the situation in most of the smaller Jewish communities is even worse. In most of these communal umbrella bodies, professionals occupy a lesser role than in the U.S. and … [Read more...] about A Looming Jewish Leadership Crisis
by David Jacobson In the ashes of Auschwitz we lost more than Jewish lives - we lost an integral part of our historical memory. If we truly want to ensure Jewish continuity for tomorrow’s Jews, then we have to reclaim the positive history of Polish Jewry today. Mention Poland to most Jews and their immediate association is with Auschwitz, Treblinka, Majdanek and the brutal murder of some 6 million Jews. I have recently returned from two … [Read more...] about Are We Guilty of Gross Prejudice Towards Poland?
New York, NY - August 15, 2012 - The Claims Conference is increasing global allocations this year for vital social services for elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors and victims of Nazism. For programs in 2012, a total of approximately $285 million in allocations were approved, an increase of approximately $15 million over 2011. Programs Receiving Claims Conference Funds Allocations were made for services for Holocaust victims in 47 countries … [Read more...] about Claims Conference to Fund $285m. in Holocaust Victim Services
by Dan Hazony Beginning with Rabbi Drew Kaplan’s excellent article, “Qualitative metrics for the Jewish Community?” on Aug. 7th, there have been several articles about the pros and cons of measuring qualitative data. Now more than ever, in this hyper-connected world, we live and die by numbers. As Director of Information Systems at NCSY, I’ve had several experiences in this endeavor. In many ways it’s a confusing and daunting task: … [Read more...] about Using Quantitative Data to Lead Qualitative Conversations