Inspired by Daniel Lehmann’s recent piece, Toward Creativity: A Theological Goal for Jewish Education by Dr. Gil Graff Several years ago, I attended a university commencement at which Jewish historian - and, at the time, President of Brandeis University - Jehuda Reinharz was among the speakers. His message to the graduates was that they needed to have a plan of action but, at the same time, to have the flexibility to adjust to unanticipated … [Read more...] about Jewish Education in an Era of Rapid Change
Naomi Korb Weiss, co-Director of PresenTense Group, shares some suggestions for mastering the upcoming GA (or any other similar large multi-day conference): Networking sometimes gets a bad rap. Maybe the word is just getting cliched. But despite today’s digital accessibility there is simply nothing that replaces in-person relationship building. So if you’re planning to attend the GA, take advantage and meet whom you can. Take a look at … [Read more...] about Tips for Tackling the GA
by Doron Krakow I share in the disappointment which has been so articulately expressed on the part of so many in response to the recent JFNA announcement about its planned discontinuation of support for the program at the end of the current program year. At the offices of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which is home to the recruitment arm of BGU’s Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program, several members of my … [Read more...] about On the Closing of OTZMA: Another Viewpoint
Do our Compensation Patterns Reflect our Values? An Initial Analysis of the 2012 Jewish Communal Professional Compensation Survey by Avi Herring, Justin Rosen Smolen, Tamar Snyder, Mordecai Walfish, Ruthie Warshenbrot, and Naomi Korb Weiss In the spring of 2012, we - a group of NYU alumni, all young professionals working in the Jewish communal sector - launched a compensation survey of the field. Inspired by the Forward’s annual salary … [Read more...] about Do our Compensation Patterns Reflect our Values?
by Manny Waks It is overdue that we examine the role of advocacy for Israel in our community organisations, particularly those that nominally are not designated a specific role to represent Israel’s interests. Of course support for Israel is critical, both at the community and individual level, and never more so than in the face of hostility to Israel throughout the world. This does not, however, preclude a careful assessment of the work … [Read more...] about In Australia, Misguided Focus on Israel Takes Attention from Local Issues