by Leah Granof Geffen For the past week, hundreds of Jewish communities around the world have been ceremoniously celebrating a major milestone - the completion of the daily study cycle, (commonly known as Daf Yomi) of the Babylonian Talmud. At 2,711 pages, it takes seven and a half years for participants who are committed to learning a page a day of Judaism’ most central text to finish the entire commentary. While some Daf Yomi … [Read more...] about Groundbreaking Women’s Study Group Celebrates Completion of Entire Talmud
from InterfaithFamily.com: A Model to Engage Interfaith Families We’ve just reported on the first full year of the InterfaithFamily/Chicago two-year pilot of our InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative. You can find the full report here. We are on to something big that can transform the Jewish community’s response to intermarriage in a very significant and positive way. Four years ago a group of leading national family foundations … [Read more...] about A Model to Engage Interfaith Families
San Francisco, CA, August 8, 2012: Seeking to help Moishe House implement a new Strategic Growth Plan to broaden and deepen its impact on Jewish young adults in their 20’s, the Jim Joseph Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF), Leichtag Foundation, Genesis Philanthropy Group and Maimonides Fund today announced a total of $6 million of investment to the international organization. The grants are a significant, … [Read more...] about Foundations Invest $6m. to Strengthen Moishe House
by Dr. Gil Graff One of the pre-eminent scholar-practitioners in Jewish education from mid-twentieth century to the early twenty-first was the late Seymour Fox. Before moving to Israel, the Chicago-born Fox was among those who shaped the Ramah camping movement. In Jerusalem, he headed the Melton Center for Jewish Education at Hebrew University and later guided the work of the Mandel Foundation in its Jewish educational initiatives. For more … [Read more...] about Who Is an “Educated Jew”?
by Roland Roth For the past decade I gave my life to the Jews. A little over a decade ago I was just another uncertified public school teacher in NYC unsure on how I was going to pay for my Master’s Degree when an friend said “why not go to JTS and get your MA in Jewish Education?” I had taught Hebrew School on and off for about ten years prior (started when I was 15) but the thought of working for my People, a People who had been … [Read more...] about From the Outside Looking In