JTS Launches Seeds of Innovation Project

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has announced the launch of the JTS Seeds of Innovation Project, a program that will provide seed funding for groundbreaking new initiatives developed by JTS alumni. This program will support ideas that benefit the larger Jewish community through empowering organizations and projects launched by JTS alumni to maximize fresh and innovative Jewish engagement. Seven Wells, an initiative founded by Rabbi Jessica Minnen (a 2013 alumna of The Rabbinical School of JTS), is the first JTS Innovation Project, as recipients of the award are called. Seven Wells invites young adults in their 20s and 30s to explore intimacy, relationships, and sexuality through a Jewish framework. Seven Wells combines text study, personal reflection, group activities, and moderated … [Read more...]

As Lenin Statue Comes Tumbling Down, Kharkov Jews Watch and Wait

A statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kharkov's Freedom Square was pulled down on Sunday by a cheering crowd of 8,000 Ukrainian nationaliists.

Residents near Russian border are grateful to be spared major violence, but anxious about instability and civil war. By Dovid Margolin Kharkov, Ukraine - The early-morning Kiev-Kharkov intercity express train glides into Kharkov’s central railroad station, entering a city a world away from the one it left behind just five hours earlier. … [Read more...]

1st Federation-Affiliated Jewish Women’s Fund to Launch as Independent Entity

An autonomous Jewish Women’s Foundation will be able to ensure accountability to its stakeholders, build its own infrastructure, and make its own investment decisions. The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches plans to become the first of 24 national Jewish women’s funds affiliated with a local federation to establish itself as an autonomous organization. “Twelve years ago, an insightful and committed group of forward thinking Jewish women came together to implement a new philanthropic model for affecting social change to support women and girls in our community and around the world,” said Tami Baldinger, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches. “Our local Jewish Federation saw the potential, supporting and nurturing our Foundation to … [Read more...]

In UK, Liberal and Reform Movements Launch Alliance for Progressive Judaism

Liberal Judaism (LJ) and the Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ) have announced an alliance between their two movements. Together already accounting for nearly a third of synagogue-affiliated Jews, with 82 communities, the UK’s two Progressive movements are seeking to capitalise on the 30% growth in those identifying themselves as sharing their values, according to the recent JPR studies of Jewish communal attitudes. The alliance will see an expansion of collaboration between the two movements in areas such as student chaplaincy, social justice and social action. It could also involve a strengthening of existing joint work such as rabbinic training, gap year programming and representation on Israel, cross-communal and other institutions. The alliance will see a sharing of resources and expertise … [Read more...]

Natan Fund Launches Amplifier to Propel Giving Circles into a Global Movement of Jewish Philanthropists

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The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young professionals in New York, has launched Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement, a new global network of giving circles inspired by Jewish values. Amplifier is the first concerted effort to unite Jewish giving circles into a field, catalyze the creation of new circles, educate circle members on best practices in philanthropy, and connect giving circles to each other and to grantseekers of all types efficiently and effectively through an innovative new web platform. Amplifier, powered by Natan, was funded through a pilot grant by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and created in partnership with dozens of giving circles and organizations around the world, including eJewish Philanthropy. Giving circles are groups of people who come … [Read more...]

Joshua Venture Group Announces 2014-16 Cohort: First All Female Cohort of Jewish Social Entrepreneurs

Joshua Venture Group (JVG) has announced the selection of the 2014-2016 Dual Investment Program cohort which is comprised of six female social entrepreneurs with visions for creating a more dynamic, just, and inclusive Jewish community. Each Fellow will receive more than $100,000 in funding and skill building support over two years to develop their ventures and nurture their leadership and management skills, ensuring the growth of organizations that will strengthen and enhance the Jewish community. JVG, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reinvigorating and expanding the Jewish community through building the capacity of young ventures and their leadership, carefully chose the exceptional group from a rigorous application process launched in spring 2014. For the first time, the Program called … [Read more...]

Shalom TV Rebrands as JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service

Shalom TV, America's Jewish television network, has rebranded as "JBS" - the Jewish Broadcasting Service. The rebrand reflects Shalom TV's expanding role on the world Jewish scene as the channel positions itself to become the global English-language Jewish channel. Shalom TV became the first Jewish network on American television when it launched on Comcast in 2006 as a Video On Demand service. … [Read more...]

Special Photo Exhibition on Late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon Unveiled in Minsk Today

Gilad Sharon at the exhibition opening; photo by Yossi Aloni.

Minsk, Belarus, Sept. 15 - A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place today in Minsk at the National History Museum of Belarus, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State. The event was held as part of the Limmud FSU Belarus festival, a festival of Jewish learning, held Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk, which drew over 600 young Jews, mostly professionals 20-40 years old. The memorial for Israel’s eleventh prime minister was held in collaboration with the Government of Belarus, the Embassy of Israel, and the local Jewish community, with the participation of Sharon's son Gilad, and close aide Israel Maimon, who served as his Cabinet Secretary. Marit Danon, the head secretary in Prime Minister’s Sharon’s office, curated … [Read more...]