by Margarita Korol After Sunday's super-storm, and with limited media coverage around the extent of devastation in various regions, it became apparent via word of mouth in the community that seniors in south Brooklyn who hadn't evacuated were facing days of critical conditions with no lights, elevators, heat, internet or phone service. By Thursday COJECO, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, and several partner organizations … [Read more...] about On the Ground in South Brooklyn
by Alina Bitel At 11:45 pm on Saturday my cell phone rang and I did not recognize the number. It was someone I have known for over 18 years, but have not been in regular contact with for the last 10. He briefly said hello and went straight to the point, “I have 4 trucks with donations my friends have collected and drove to New York from Philadelphia; where can we drop them off?” Though this call would be somewhat unexpected in a regular … [Read more...] about When They Come for Us, We’ve Already Done it Ourselves!
by Mordechai Tokarsky Russian Jews are a tough bunch, our collective memories include many hardships and when it comes to pending storms our initial reaction to the media frenzy is usually a cynical one. On Monday night, as Sandy roared onto the shores of Brighton Beach, no one was expecting the calamity which was about to engulf the area. Steve Asnes, a RAJE alumnus and community activist, was out in the streets of Brighton Beach looking to … [Read more...] about When it Flooded Like Leningrad: Young Russian Jews Take on Sandy
by Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann I have been contemplating the need for a theology of Jewish education which would ground the goals of Jewish education in an understanding of Judaism’s religious telos. It seems to me that Jewish education should inspire and equip us to achieve the deepest aspirations of Judaism. At the recent 10th anniversary celebration of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, I had an … [Read more...] about Toward Creativity: A Theological Goal for Jewish Education
by Lisa Haney Three years after initiating seed funding to increase the diversity of access points to Jewish life and inspire greater engagement, caring and stronger relationships with Israel, 18 projects supported by the Jewish Federation of San Diego County’s Community Innovation Fund are now underway. What have we learned that can help other established organizations seeking to strengthen the Jewish innovation ecosystem, and what’s … [Read more...] about Embracing Change: San Diego’s Jewish Innovation Experience