By Simone Friedman Rones There is a growing realization that human societies are no different than any other complex living organism and hence are affected by similar factors such as emergence, in which new patterns arise from interactions among individual components that are more than just the simple sum of those components added together. When applied in the context of philanthropy, the awareness of emergence within complex systems has given … [Read more...] about Emergent Philanthropy: Applying Concepts from Complexity Theory to the Jewish World
By David Katz Ever since attending the 2009 ROI conference in Tel Aviv I have been intrigued with the concept of Jewish young adult communities in Eastern Europe. Upon seeing the opportunity to be able to attend the From Me 2 We conference this summer in Budapest, I was excited to be able to network with, learn first hand from, and share my own experiences with colleagues working within the global young adult Jewish community. The … [Read more...] about A Jewish American in Budapest
By Paul Steinberg For the rabbi, August is the calm before the storm. Jews have recently mourned the destruction of the Temple on the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av and, although the rabbi shares in the historical sadness of this tragedy, he or she must now awaken from the ruin and find inspiration in order to spread hope and purpose at the High Holidays. This year, I do not have a pulpit from which to speak. I lost my opportunity, along … [Read more...] about Coming Clean as a Rabbi: Understanding Addiction and Embracing Jewish Spirituality
By Paul Golin Even if you’re a very casual observer of the U.S. Jewish community and a friend who knows nothing about it asks you, “How big a phenomenon is Jewish intermarriage?” you’d probably be able to answer, “It’s pretty big.” There is a pantheon of proudly Jewish celebrities from Jon Stewart to Natalie Portman to Michael Douglas to Scarlett Johansson who have intermarried. (Douglas and Johansson are also children of intermarriage … [Read more...] about Just How Big Is Intermarriage? You Don’t Really Know.
By Jerry D. Isaak-Shapiro If Jerome Chanes had written “Orthodox “Retention” and Kiruv: the Bad News and the Good News” (eJewish Philanthropy and Contact Magazine, 8.20.14) for a newspaper, veteran editors would have said that he had buried his lead. After opening with a focus on the ostensible “bad news” (emulating another adage from media: if it bleeds, it leads) of poor intra-Orthodox retention, he only gets to the good stuff two-thirds … [Read more...] about Drop the Ambivalence – It’s All Good