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
The Jewish community does need to recognize that there are Jewish men and women serving in the U.S. military and that they have families back home who need support. by Rabbi Harold Robinson and Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky Military families in the Jewish community have been invisible for too long. They are uprooted often and can experience Jewish communal life as “strangers” more frequently than their neighbors. Their need for support and … [Read more...] about Welcoming Those Who Serve
The government of Israel benefits from the activities of Israeli aid organizations operating throughout the world, reaping dividends in the realms of economics and public relations. Ariel Dloomy wonders why the state does not grant them 46A status enabling them to receive tax-exempt philanthropic donations that will augment their work. In September 2013, the state of Colorado was engulfed by severe flooding that caused massive damage to more … [Read more...] about Enjoying Aid But In No Rush to Provide Benefits
Our way of doing business as a community is in trouble and our basic institutions are out of step. by Marty Levine In 1968 I was learning my trade as a social worker. We were at war in Viet Nam; we were confronting the racism of our own country; and we were recognizing that poverty hurt millions of our neighbors and risked our collective future. We recognized that that many of the institutions that our communities and our society were … [Read more...] about Our Big Tent: What Do We Do When There Is No Way In?
The Conference [of Presidents] was created to serve as a united voice of the Jewish community but it has become a hodgepodge coalition of organizations that have, in the main, been bystanders in the major Jewish developments over the last two decades. by Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein The confrontation playing out in Jewish newspapers and blogs over the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization’s recent rejection of … [Read more...] about Is the Conference of Presidents Even Relevant?