by Josh Rolnick We are living in an era of unprecedented change that is empowering individuals and radically resculpting the media landscape. The market is forcing newspapers, magazines and other traditional publications to embrace radical changes to remain viable. At Sh'ma, an independent Jewish journal with a 44-year history, we're thinking in bold terms about how Jewish ideas can enrich readers’ lives in this connected era. For decades, … [Read more...] about Updating a Deep Dive
Why is leadership so often wrong? Because sometimes by choice and sometimes by necessity, leaders listen to a few, very loud voices. by Sacha Litman Faith-based communities’ ability to lift their congregations to holiness, as well as draw and retain members, depends on the degree to which the congregation resonates with the ideas and direction of the leadership. … [Read more...] about Why Should We Listen to the Voice of the People in our Faith-Based Institutions?
Our new paradigm changes the traditional conversation by giving these young volunteers the responsibility for creating their own conferences and enabling the volunteer-led organizing committees in each community to ‘own’ their future. by Sandra Cahn In cultivating the next generation of Jewish volunteers and philanthropists, most communal organizations are challenged to attract Millennials as they come of age and strive to assume leadership … [Read more...] about The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming… Wait, They’re Here!
by Dan Krakow The world of Israel programs for diaspora youth needs fixing. Experiencing Israel on quality programs has an effective impact on a lifetime commitment to Israel and the Jewish people. But are we doing it right? The most impactful model involves a first visit to Israel in one's teen years, followed by subsequent ever lengthier and more substantial Israel experiences. The teenage visit is critical because of its timing in … [Read more...] about Israel Programs – At a Crossroads
by Rabbi Scott Aaron Among the various terminal maladies of what the historian Simon Rawidowicz termed our ever-dying people is the demise of the American synagogue. It is common knowledge that there has been a decline in congregational membership over the last several decades that has been accelerated by the recession of the last several years. Clergy positions have been reduced from full-time to part-time or eliminated, congregational … [Read more...] about Reports of the Death of Congregations has been Greatly Exaggerated