by Nigel Savage and Jon Marker "Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education" - also known as the JOFEE Report - was released yesterday by the Jim Joseph Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Schusterman Family Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, and Hazon. … [Read more...] about The JOFEE Report: Lessons, Successes and Challenges
What Do a Wake-Up Call, a Reporter and the Next Generation Have in Common? Or Israeli Philanthropy from the Perspective of an Israeli Philanthropist by Avi Naor A conversation I had with an American colleague, a board member and donor for one of Israel's leading cultural institutions, made me realize the dialogue between the Israeli- and non-Israeli philanthropists and activists was at a critical crossroad: She told me she wants to … [Read more...] about What Do a Wake-Up Call, a Reporter and the Next Generation Have in Common?
by Michael Rosenzweig Predictably, the draft report delivered last month by the content team of the Government of Israel-World Jewry Initiative has sparked much controversy and more than a little criticism. Recently, for example, Yehuda Kurtzer opined here that the Initiative is in danger of doing more damage than good, suggesting that it represents “neither altruism nor philanthropy, but rather a self-interested instrument,” as Kurtzer put … [Read more...] about Inspiring Jewish Commitment – Another View
Articulating the purpose of Jewish engagement is the gateway to tomorrow. Just as there is no technical “fix,” so will Jewish engagement opportunities not rooted in a compelling (to the participant) vision and purpose likely fall short of the mark. by Dr. Gil Graff Recently, I attended a conference that featured many of the leading lights of Jewish engagement. Whether relating to teens or adults, to Friday evening happenings or outdoor … [Read more...] about Of Peoplehood and Purpose
Relationship-based engagement is difficult. It can take a long time. It’s more complex than offering programming. It requires investing in relationships with young adults without the expectation that they will ever want to get involved with what your organization currently offers. by Rachel Cort Last week, I wrote about improv as a collaborative “ritual” that can help foster teamwork and create idea-generating spaces. At the end of the … [Read more...] about Part 4: Building Relationships with Unengaged Millennials