By Rabbi Shefa Gold When I was studying for the rabbinate at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College back in the 90’s, I decided to take a year off every two years to explore my own curriculum. Though my studies at RRC were wide and intense at an intellectual level, I had some questions about my work as a rabbi that weren’t being addressed. One of those questions involved the process of spiritual retreat. I took a “year off” to explore those … [Read more...] about Why Go on a Retreat, Anyway?
By Jamie Allen Black The news, first, is that the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY) is changing direction. For nearly 25 years, we’ve worked to highlight and empower women and girls and create an environment of equality, possibility, and self-actualization for them in economic, social, religious, and political spheres. By increasing opportunities for women and girls and challenging barriers to gender equality, we help form … [Read more...] about JWFNY, Shifting Direction Toward Deeper and Accelerated Impact
USC Shoah Foundation and Genesis Philanthropy Group partner to create first Russian-language interactive biographies for award-winning ‘Dimensions in Testimony’ program Thanks to a new partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), the experiences of Russian-speaking Jews during the Holocaust and World War II in the former Soviet Union will be documented for the first time in USC Shoah Foundation’s … [Read more...] about Survivors and Soldiers: Revolutionary Technology Preserves Living Testimony of Soviet Jewish Experience of Holocaust and WWII
By David E. Posner In 2011, the Rady JCC in Winnipeg undertook a strategic planning process that began with rethinking what their organizational values would be, ones like customer responsiveness and quality, along with values rooted in Judaism. This wasn’t going to be an easy process, nor one they would undertake lightly. To be effective, the JCC would need to decide what desired competencies would be, what they wanted to be truly excellent … [Read more...] about Finding Jewish Values at the Center of Strategic Visioning
By Yonah Kirschner, for The Covenant Foundation If you happen to walk by a high school, you’re likely to see teenagers sitting together in tight-knit friend groups. Most likely, however, they won’t be speaking to each other. Rather, they’ll probably be immersed in the virtual world of their cell phones. It’s a common sight these days - not just around schools but in parks and restaurants, too. Though they come from a wide variety of … [Read more...] about Like Stars in the Universe: Designing a Dream School for Multiple Faiths