By Judy Altenberg Jean Grossman was 16 when she first got involved in Jewish life. The year was 1943 and she joined friends organizing a program at a local synagogue. “When you grow up without a Jewish community and then you discover one, you want to preserve it,” she said. “For us, strengthening Jewish community back then was about survival; and, today, it’s still about survival.” Last month Jean became the first woman to set up a Lion of … [Read more...] about Empowered Women Change Philanthropy – and JFNA Leads the Effort
By Michael Feuer and Mitch Malkus Diana Ganger, a coach/consultant in Organizational and Educational settings and a long-time Jewish educator, published a piece in eJP discussing the importance and potential of Jewish early childhood education (ECE) and - conversely - the limited investment being made to attract, retain, and professionally develop educators in this field. We have seen a recent reader’s response and want to add our voice to … [Read more...] about Why Applied Research Is Integral to Advancing Jewish ECE
Hundreds Gather to See Four Winners Crowned in International Competition By Dan Tadmor When K.*, a Jewish girl from South America, lost her father and sister in a tragic car accident, she found herself unable to talk about her loss. At the suggestion of her therapist, K. signed up to participate in “My Family Story.” This international competition, now in its 23rd year, invites Jewish children from all over the world to explore their … [Read more...] about Jewish Children From Around the Globe Tell “My Family Story”
By Eliana Goldberg and Marwan Nassr One of us is a Jew. One of us is a Muslim. And this is our story of building a genuine friendship through Jewish Student Connection (JSC) at South High School in Denver - the only Denver Public School with a Newcomer Center serving refugee students who have limited or interrupted formal education. We share our story not to be patted on the back, but to serve as a model of what happens when teens are … [Read more...] about Sharing the Impact of Jewish Student Connection
By Marian Marlowe “It’s not about them; it’s about us.” These sentences sound like the beginning of a joke about being self-centered. I’d like to suggest, though, that they are really right on point when we think about why our community must provide services designed to assist older adults (however we may define “older adults”). A couple of years ago at the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America, I heard John Feather, the … [Read more...] about It Really Is About All of Us!