The Jewish community should hold itself to a higher standard when it comes to family-friendly policies. by Rachel Wasserman A recent article in the Huffington Post sparked an impassioned discussion amongst my friends. The article, “Why Sick Kids Should be Allowed at Daycare,” was written by a pediatrician who asserted that children are too often sent home from daycare for exhibiting symptoms of illness that do not actually warrant either a … [Read more...] about The Jewish Community’s Responsibility to Working Families
Even with new options of internships in Israel, participants often lament that they felt more Jewish in the Diaspora than they do in Tel Aviv. by Shayna Rehberg Facts and figures are flying about, giving us two very different pictures of what's happening among American Jews. On the one hand: Birthright celebrates 400,000 participants, three quarters of US Jews have “a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish People,” Jewish pride is at a … [Read more...] about Souvenirs from the Israel Experience
The reality for the generation beneath me is vastly different. To them the Holocaust is more history than memory. by David Jacobson I was literally just leaving the Pinelands cemetery in Cape Town, South Africa from yet another incredibly moving Yom HaShoah ceremony in May, when the annual lament of ‘where are the young adults?’ began. And it is a fact: despite over 1200 members of the Cape Town Jewish community turning up on a public … [Read more...] about Why Should Young Jews Care About the Shoah?
by Anne Lanski We hear a lot of exciting news these days about individual projects in Israel Education. It seems like every week something new is happening. There are programs for day school educators, supplementary school educators, youth professionals, camp educators, rabbinic students, graduate students, and teens. Organizations as diverse as BBYO, Yeshiva University, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp are … [Read more...] about Israel Education: A Growing Forest
by Joy Brand-Richardson When we were developing JCC Association’s Statement of Principles in 2012, we knew that if we were to help JCCs and their members lead engaged Jewish lives, then Israel needed to be at the heart of what they do. We wanted our JCCs to not only buy into the statement in our principles that “Israel is an eternal birthright of the Jewish people, linking us to our past and to Jews around the world today,” but also to create … [Read more...] about Putting Israel into JCCs by Sending Young Staff to Visit