The Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) has created the Rachel Cowan Scholarship Fund to celebrate the legacy of Rabbi Rachel Cowan, who passed away last year. The fund will focus on bringing more activists and underrepresented constituencies in the Jewish community into its programs and retreats. Seeded in part through a $180,000 grant made by the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) and individual donations made in Rabbi Cowan’s memory … [Read more...] about Institute for Jewish Spirituality and Nathan Cummings Foundation announce new Scholarship Fund to Honor the Legacy of Rabbi Rachel Cowan
The Wexner Foundation has named Rabba Yaffa Epstein as the next Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. Yaffa will assume the position this summer.
Yaffa has taught in the Wexner Heritage Program for several years and has served as a curriculum advisor. She has long been associated with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, first in Jerusalem and more recently as the Director of Education, North America. In this role, Yaffa has been … [Read more...] about Comings and Goings:
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"There are very few institutions of excellence with ineffective Boards." By Dr. Chaim Y. Botwinick When was the last time your Board’s effectiveness was assessed? Does your Board of Directors make informed policy decisions that are meaningful? Does your Board function in accordance with best governance practices? Do members of your Board truly understand their respective roles and responsibilities? Does your Board have a positive impact … [Read more...] about Is it Time to “360” your Board of Directors?
Hillel Ontario has received a new investment in campus advocacy through a $1M gift by The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation. The gift will be used over three years to hire advocacy professionals that will join local Hillel campus teams across Ontario. The Hillel Ontario campuses to benefit from the new strategy are Western, Ryerson, York, and McMaster. “Hillel is the only organization that is on campus every single day, … [Read more...] about Hillel Ontario Announces Schwartz/Reisman $1M Investment in Campus Advocacy
By Matan Koch Jewish summer camp, when done right, is possibly the best tool that I have ever seen to help a young person with a disability learn to integrate into a larger group. I said as much over 4 years ago, when I wrote about my own meaningful Jewish camp experience as a person who uses a wheelchair. I remain as confident in this conviction as I ever was, and I am absolutely thrilled about the generous $12 million grant from The Harry … [Read more...] about Staff with Disabilities Help Camp Inclusion Soar