The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced $1.2 million in emergency grant funding as an immediate response to the shootings that claimed 11 lives and wounded six individuals this past Saturday at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill community. After consulting with more than a dozen leaders in Pittsburgh and across the country regarding the immediate needs the Pittsburgh Jewish community is facing, the Weinberg … [Read more...] about Weinberg Foundation announces $1.2m in Emergency Grants in Response to Pittsburgh Shooting
In the aftermath of the brutal and tragic terrorist attack on the Tree of Life * Or L'Simcha, Dor Hadash, and New Light congregations, the Pittsburgh Jewish community is only beginning a journey of mourning and recovery. The community faces urgent needs related to security, trauma therapy, and more. While funders must think long-term about security in every Jewish community, for the moment the Jewish world must pay special attention to … [Read more...] about Briefing: Pittsburgh Jewish Communal Immediate Needs
By Rebecca Neuwirth I was asked to write a piece reflecting on five years since the Pew study of Jewish Americans. I did that last week, trying to make the point that wisdom rather than tactics for continuity has shown itself to be enduring, and is called for today. And then this tragic and horrible weekend happened, and I feel even more strongly that our community is looking for leaders who can and will take on the truly big issues of our … [Read more...] about Principle and Meaning
By Andrés Spokoiny
[A message shared this morning by Andrés to the JFN community. Shared simultaneously, with permission, to eJP's readers.]
All weekend as I watched the news, I wondered again what I’ve wondered before: why isn’t pain a zero sum game? Why can’t we spread the sadness thin by sharing it, until it almost disappears? Why is it rather that even though we all share the grief, it doesn’t diminish?
Looking at the pictures from … [Read more...] about A Tree of Life,
and Light for Joy:
Philanthropy After Terror
By Aaron Dorfman and Rabbi Ayalon Eliach Two out of every three Americans believe democracy is getting weaker. The other third has apparently not watched the news for the past 10 years. The weakening of democracy should concern all of us irrespective of our political leanings because democracy transcends partisanship. It is the container that allows us to even have debates about how best to govern ourselves, the context that enables us to … [Read more...] about Can Jewish Wisdom Help Save Democracy?