by Jeremy Borovitz My first interaction with Moishe House happened about three years ago, when a brash young Peace Corps volunteer from a Ukrainian village was invited to see what Moishe House Kiev had to offer. On a Sunday night, 25 other young Jews had gathered in an apartment to talk about an upcoming Jewish holiday - I want to say it was Shavuot, but I could be mistaken - mainly to spend time with other Jews their age. As soon as I … [Read more...] about Shabbat 2.0: Young Jewish Leaders Commit to Action at Riga Retreat
by Dan Herman This past weekend, two articles appeared in Haaretz that should have come as no surprise to those working in Israel engagement. In one, Chemi Shalev discusses the ever-growing gap, at risk of reaching crisis proportions, between staunchly left-wing American Jews and an ever rightward-moving Israel. In another, Arnon Mentver, CEO of the Joint Distribution Committee Israel, bemoaned that the current young generation of Diaspora … [Read more...] about Birthright Needs to Show Everything
by Karyn Grossman Gershon “I have always said prayers of peace for Israel. It is strange to be saying Jewish prayers of peace for Ukraine.” “Yesterday there were shots in Donetsk (it’s next to me).” “There were roadblocks along all our way home from my daughter’s. They stopped cars, checking the trunks.” “In Slovyansk people don’t leave their apartments without urgent need. All the stores are closed.” “Yesterday, a military campaign … [Read more...] about In Ukraine, the Message is “To Think Positively”
We must honor our staff and board members by treating their time as holy and precious. by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz I recall one workplace culture in which meetings happened for a set amount of time regardless of any need for discussion. I recall the workplace resentment of feeling stuck in futile immobility. Even worse, many Americans have been in businesses where they were constantly brought into meetings for the purpose of discussing why … [Read more...] about Spending Too Much Time in Meetings?
The Jewish community has an incredibly diverse, sophisticated and successful network of not-for-profit organizations focused on social justice causes. Organizing, for the sake of improving the world, seems to be part of our DNA. And yet I sense no greater openness to mental health issues within the Jewish community than in the United States as a whole. by Jamie Bornstein Just prior to Yom Kippur I wrote a piece for Cognoscenti, a … [Read more...] about Creating Mental Health Safe Spaces