By Jackie Frankel Yaakov The GA 2018 in Tel Aviv was a dialogue on Israel and the Diaspora and the future of Jewish peoplehood being in danger. What does it mean that we are 'Am Yisrael' if the two largest Jewish communities of today don't understand one another - whether literally due to language barriers or due to cultural misunderstandings of one another's intentions? There seemed to be a consensus among the self-selected participants of … [Read more...] about Reflections on the GA 2018 “Let’s Talk”: Can Israel and the Diaspora aspire to be not just two pillars, but an arch?
Increasing Lay Leaders, Donor Prospects, and Israel Trip Participants
Applied Jewish Wisdom From Sukkot
By Bradley Caro Cook, Ed.D.
This is the second article in a series on growth hacking for Jewish engagement. As a gritty Jewish social entrepreneur who has grown micro-communities in nine cities, I will provide you with practical, grassroots, and research-based techniques to amplify your Jewish engagement. These techniques can be applied … [Read more...] about Adventures in Growth Hacking:
Who’s in Your “Sukkah”?
By Rebecca Neuwirth I was asked to write a piece reflecting on five years since the Pew study of Jewish Americans. I did that last week, trying to make the point that wisdom rather than tactics for continuity has shown itself to be enduring, and is called for today. And then this tragic and horrible weekend happened, and I feel even more strongly that our community is looking for leaders who can and will take on the truly big issues of our … [Read more...] about Principle and Meaning
By Rabbi Daniel Brenner A headline this week in the Forward highlighted another lavish bar mitzvah party, this one with an appearance by the hip-hop artist Cardi B who posed beside the bar mitzvah boy rubbing his chest and telling the crowd that he is handsome. The boy seemed to enjoy being the center of her attention - and when Cardi B left he was surrounded by a throng of Knicks City Dancers. In the wake of #metoo, many families are … [Read more...] about Thinking Differently About B’nai Mitzvah
By Stuart Zweiter and Jan Morrison Jewish day schools, the dream and promise of the North American Jewish community of the late 20th and early 21st century, are facing multiple serious challenges. There is the well documented tuition crisis, there is the challenge of attracting talented individuals to enter the field of Jewish education, there is the challenge of motivating parents to send their children to the schools, and not as well-known … [Read more...] about Introducing the Jewish School Leadership Enterprise