For four days last week, Orlando, FL, was the epicenter of a series of nationwide conversations in Orthodox communities across North America. The Seventh Annual ChampionsGate National Leadership Conference convened more than 450 rabbinic, educational and lay leaders from 92 locales across North America to address their most pressing communal challenges. The theme of the conference was “Shmitta: Reflection, Celebration, Renewal.” Presented by … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Community Leaders Address Challenges Facing Orthodoxy
by Abigail Pickus Eight years ago, Jennie Starr started an Israeli playgroup in her hometown of San Diego to teach her daughter Hebrew and expose her to Israeli culture. Today, Starr’s playgroup has evolved into a wide-reaching Israeli cultural center called Tarbuton. Now entering its second year as a registered nonprofit, the center serves approximately 100 students from preschool on up (1,000+ families), with a menu of options that … [Read more...] about Israeli Cultural Centers Sweep Through North America
by Lou Feldstein A recent satirical report in the online publication, The Onion, suggests that “the single act of pretending one’s life is not in complete shambles … works. ‘Even when everything is coming apart at the seams and disaster is almost certainly imminent, putting up a good front for friends and loved ones makes everything better.’” While the Onion’s report was written (it appears) tongue and cheek, its premise is grounded in the … [Read more...] about Fantasizing Your Way to a Successful Organization
by Caylee Talpert Last year I wrote an article for the American Jewish Committee’s Global Voices Blog, where I shared some of my disenchantment with NGO’s in Nepal. While I believed the organisation I volunteered with was doing some very important work, I felt that many of the traditional NGO’s I encountered where largely inefficient, unaccountable to their recipients and more concerned with keeping donor money flowing than making a … [Read more...] about What is Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise All About?
by Rebecca Voorwinde “How has a Jewish organization of which you are an alumnus conveyed that you’re important to them?” Recently, I asked this relatively simple question to a group of young Jewish educators. These were individuals who had participated in multiple Jewish programs over the course of their lives - including Jewish day schools, camps and fellowships - who a Jewish organization would regard as successful alumni. The responses I … [Read more...] about Long-term Relationships: The Case for Alumni Engagement