by Michael J Weil Four years ago we at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans hired a consultant to take a long hard look at our annual campaign and bring it into the 21st century. She had some brilliant ideas and innovations, most of which we have since implemented successfully. But one of her recommendations was to scrap Super Sunday. “Why bother?” She said. “Most Federations have dropped this dinosaur. It’s such a lot work and not … [Read more...] about Super Sunday Goes Viral
by Tikvah Wiener Seriously folks - after a rough couple of years in the collaboration area, your willingness to network reminds me that I am blessed to be in an amazing field full of opportunity. The networking here and throughout JEDLAB is truly a gift, I can't wait to utilize more of it as what I am doing continues to evolve. Thanks for all of your offerings. (JEDLAB member) JEDLAB, a space and platform that allows Jewish educators of … [Read more...] about JEDLAB’s Impact
The challenge faced by many tour operators seeking to plan meaningful and significant trips for visitors ... is evident. There is so much to see in the country, and most tours have limited time. by Jeannie Gerzon Benji Lovitt’s “Israel Programs: The Case for Tel Aviv” and Dr. Zohar Raviv’s response, “Israel Programs: The Case for Sound Educational Critique” draw attention to the importance of linking Tel Aviv to the story of the modern … [Read more...] about The Case for Understanding Israel’s Past While Experiencing Its Future
by Rabbi Idit Solomon According to Birthright Israel’s website, the average number of young adults they send to Israel annually is 40,000. The cost per person is $3,000 and over 350,000 young adults have taken the trip. One of their highlighted achievements is that “Most participants say that the trip was a “life-changing experience” that made them feel closer to Israel and to their Jewish heritage.” Expressing that closeness to Israel may be … [Read more...] about Birthright and Birthrate
We are all Israelis, we think like Israelis and sometimes are prisoners to Israeli ethos. by Boyanna Grubeshich "As an Israeli, I don't feel a special need to be part of a community. The whole State of Israel is my community! In Rio, I was exposed to something different - the community is what supports you as an individual. The community is what gives you strength and what allows you to grow. The community in Rio De Janeiro is amazing and … [Read more...] about Kol Hillel Rio: Do We Define Ourselves by Our Beliefs or by Our Actions?