The question is: Does Judaism have any wisdom or principles that should guide us as educators and parents regarding schooling and learning? by Paul Steinberg Each culture has its image of heaven. Native Americans call their conception of the afterlife a “Happy Hunting Ground.” Arab traditions often portray paradise as a desert oasis. Vikings aspire for Valhalla, the Hall of the god Odin, a place reserved for heroes slain in battle. Such … [Read more...] about Jewish Learning and Stress: A Path to Somewhere
Start-up entrepreneurial leaders, while bringing needed creativity to Jewish education, are working assiduously every day to keep the doors of their organizations open and as a result struggle to focus sufficiently on long-term sustainability. National organizational leadership, while having acquired the knowledge that comes from seeing their sector at 10,000 feet, struggle to maintain deep relationships with on the ground education. by Bill … [Read more...] about From Service (Back) to Leadership: The Future of Communal Agencies?
by Rafael Medoff JNS.org They may not wear those classic blue “kibbutznik hats,” but some Ethiopians, Sudanese, and Eritreans may soon be establishing Israeli-style communes in eastern Africa. It’s part of an innovative project launched by young Israelis to deal with the problem of the tens of thousands of African refugees who have slipped across the Egypt-Israel border during the past several years. … [Read more...] about Kibbutzim in Africa?
The life of a Jewish communal worker is busy, hectic, and at times overwhelming, but we endure it because we are passionate about the cause and we believe as Jews, it is our responsibility to take care of others. by Jody Portnoff Braunig Jewish Communal workers who are reading this right now can relate to the craziness of our profession. A "typical" 40 hour work week includes three after-hours committee meetings, a Saturday night agency … [Read more...] about Goddess of the Night: My Secret Life
The Ruderman Family Foundation has announced the launch of the 2013 Ruderman Prize in Disability, its second year, which will provide $250,000 in funding to recognize innovative programs and services that foster full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community worldwide. The $50,000 awards will be given to five organizations that work in the disability arena, serve those in the Jewish community, and actively champion inclusion … [Read more...] about Ruderman Family Foundation Announces Global Competition for Innovation in Inclusion of People with Disabilities