By Dr. Ariel Roth It is with the utmost gratitude and admiration that the Israel Institute shares the news that its Director of Arts & Cultural Programs and director of the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, Marge Goldwater, is stepping down after a decade at the helm. The ten years of Marge’s labor of love have fostered a deeper understanding of Israel in the United States through the arts, thanks to her work facilitating … [Read more...] about Fond Reflections and New Beginnings After Ten Years of Israeli Arts
By Ari Witkin A few weeks ago, I was caught off guard when a friend who enrolls their toddler in the daycare program at the congregation where I work seemed to shrug off my suggestion that they join the synagogue, responding “why would we pay to be members when we can just go to the free family programming which is all we’re interested in?” Like me, this friend is a millennial who has been actively engaged in Jewish community throughout … [Read more...] about The Cost of Free Programming
By Rabbi Todd Berman We set a modest goal of $150,000 and crushed it raising $230,000. This enabled us to also receive another $450,000 in matching funds. Many friends and colleagues have turned to me asking how we did it. There are many articles on how to run a crowdfunding program from nuts to bolts available on the internet. I don’t want to recreate the wheel; however, there are specific elements which helped us reach and pass our mark. I … [Read more...] about Why Our Online Crowdfunding Campaign Was A Success!
By Cheryl Moore I have no experience as an employee of the Jewish communal or academic worlds. I have extensive experience, however, as a volunteer in the Jewish communal world. I have held leadership positions in local, regional, national, and international organizations, and at every level, I have experienced #metoo moments, hours, months. The cumulative effect of these, primarily intense shame, led to my exit from 90% of my Jewish communal … [Read more...] about I’m Never Coming Back
Part I: What We’re Learning from the Organizations We Support
By Felicia Herman
Today, we are proud to announce Natan’s 15th annual grant slate, representing nearly $925,000 in new grants and loans to 39 Jewish and Israeli social entrepreneurs, nonprofit startups and post-startups, social businesses, and networks of grassroots initiatives.
Since its inception in 2002, Natan has allocated $13.5 million to more to than 240 initiatives … [Read more...] about Natan’s 2018-19 Grants:
What We’re Learning