by Sam Abrams, Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer With national attention riveted in recent weeks on factors swaying voting decisions - the impact of debates, the effectiveness of television advertisements, the marketing of candidates and the spinning of news and pseudo-news - one key influence tends to be overlooked: political scientists have demonstrated just how important peers are in determining our decisions to go to the polls and which … [Read more...] about How to Encourage Jewish Choices
by Rabbi Ami Hersh and Dana Levinson It’s the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. You’re a young Jewish adult in New York City, seeking opportunities to help elderly homebound Jews recover after the storm’s devastation. Imagine if you had an app for that, one that not only gives you some ideas and direction, but also allows you to share your experiences through photos and videos with other like-minded friends. Or what if you want to engage in … [Read more...] about Young Jewish Engagement: Get Them Involved with the Ramah365 App!
from Washington Jewish Week: Federation re-imagines its allocation process Earlier [last] month, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Board of Directors gave a unanimous approval to implement changes in the way funds will be allocated to its beneficiary agencies. ... One of the most significant changes will be the reduction in the amount of time spent on the entire allocations process by Federation partner agencies and … [Read more...] about DC Federation Streamlines Allocation Process
Dr. Simcha Katz, President of the Orthodox Union, writing in Jewish Action: Touching Our Teens’ Neshamos A quarter of students who come to college as Orthodox Jews report that they changed their denominational identity while at college, according to a six-year-old study by the Avi Chai Foundation (Amy L. Sales and Leonard Saxe, “Particularism in the University: Realities and Opportunities for Jewish Life on Campus” [Brandeis University, … [Read more...] about OU Also Struggles Keeping Teens in the Tent
With no infrastructure for Kosher products, Rabbi Zevi Ives, Executive Director of JEP (Jewish European Professionals), was not fazed by the daunting challenge of providing large quantities of Kosher food in Dubrovnik, Croatia for more than 100 attendees over the four-day JEP event which took place on October 25-28. The Radisson Blu Resort hotel agreed to cater Kosher for the first time in its history, and purchased new kitchenware for the … [Read more...] about Meat Kosher Dubrovnik