By Rabbi Aaron Potek A major challenge for non-denominational / pluralistic Jewish organizations is creating an educational vision that is both open and substantive. A good vision is narrow enough to have focus yet broad enough to contain diversity. It must strike the balance … [Read more...] about The Ram Scale: Compelling Approaches to Judaism For Millennials – And All of Us
By Aimee Close and Bob Leventhal Since launching our first cohort of Sulam for Strategic Planners (SSP) in 2013 with ten congregations, we have facilitated a year-long planning process with 52 congregations of various sizes, in 17 states and one Canadian province. In other words, … [Read more...] about Conversations that Matter: Five Years of Congregational Strategic Planning at USCJ
By Rabbi Rachel Isaacs In my final year of rabbinical school, a leader from the Conservative movement shared an alarming assessment, “The future of the American Jewish community is in 12 major cities, and we need to find a way to let the rest go.” As an emerging American Jewish … [Read more...] about Small Town Jewish Life Takes Center Stage
By Diana Ganger, MSW, and Sharon Goldman, JD Cheers of glee can be heard down the hallway of Moriah Early Childhood Center this Friday morning, but this time it has nothing to do with the rich Shabbat celebrations. Grandpa Larry is back in Chicago from his snow bird trip to … [Read more...] about Grand Friends: Is our Society Ready to Rethink Family?
By Doron Krakow This article details the Israel-based leg of JCC Association of North America’s recent 70 Faces Leadership Seminar in Israel and Greece. The first article of this two-part series covered the Lesvos, Greece visit of the seminar. Dr. Mohammed Alnabari was describing … [Read more...] about Exploring Israel’s 70 Faces