Over the last few years a number of senior appointments at Federations and other communal agencies have been filled not by trained professionals but by active, involved, and committed volunteer leaders. This development has spurred much discussion among professionally educated and trained communal professionals on the direction(s) of Jewish communal organizations. When they entered Jewish communal service, most professionals envisioned that they … [Read more...] about Jewish Communal Service: A Field for Professionals and Volunteer Leaders
Tragically, while in Jerusalem, young internationals aren’t inspired by their Israeli peers, or exposed to the city’s ongoing rejuvenation and renaissance. by Emily Ziedman It’s true, as soon as Birthright participants finish their ten days, they head straight to Tel Aviv. Who can blame them? Who wouldn’t want to chill at the beach while processing the whirlwind ten-day Israel experience? The truth is, Tel Aviv offers a lot of things … [Read more...] about If Tel Aviv is The New Black, Where Does That Leave Jerusalem?
What is Judaism supposed to do? What difference is it supposed to make, to its members and followers? To the world around it? To history? What is its telos? by Joshua Gutoff Recently, representatives of rural communities in the Midwest gathered to discuss a growing crisis. Less than half of the younger generation were choosing to go into farming. The best agrarian minds came together to discuss how their schools were failing, and to see … [Read more...] about Questioning Continuity
by Dr. Cindy Dolgin and Rabbi Joshua Rabin Every day, thousands of Jewish children learn in Jewish day schools and yeshivot, institutions of learning united by a collective mission to help students go forth and teach Torah to the world. However, most Jewish day schools do not see themselves as institutions of community learning, and assume that the education of children must be their exclusive mission. We challenge that assumption, and believe … [Read more...] about A Beit Midrash for the Whole Community: Jewish Day Schools as Centers of Adult Jewish Learning
Jewish community agencies and boards operating with fiscal responsibility and accountability should compensate their professional leadership appropriately to attract and retain exemplary talent. by Brenda Gevertz I vividly remember the staff meeting I attended as a young pro when the Chairman of the Board addressed the us, sincerely expressing the regret that his son could not afford to enter Jewish communal service. He went on to tell us … [Read more...] about Paying It Forward