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
By Dr. Chaim Y. Botwinick
[Posted as a comment to "Analysis: The GA’s ‘We Need to Talk’ Slogan is a Desperate Plea to Save Israel-U.S. Jewish Ties."]
The GA’s recent “We Need to Talk” slogan is an important one, anchored in years of political and ideological debate, discourse, divisiveness and disappointment. The need for greater understanding, articulation and respect between Israel and American Jewry has reached a threshold which … [Read more...] about Do “We Need to Talk”?
We. Sure. Do.
By An American GA Attendee While many esteemed individuals were part of the GA and it included several articulate, inspiring speakers, the 2018 event at-large left more questions than answers, some of which left a sense of tremendous pessimism for JFNA as an efficient organization. An example of questions for the JFNA leadership: This past summer, around 100,000 Israelis flooded the streets of Israel to protest anti-LGBT policies. Why … [Read more...] about Questions for JFNA Leadership as the 2018 GA Ends in Israel
By Cindy Chazan [Cindy retired earlier this year after spending almost 18 years with the Wexner Foundation. This is the final lecture she gave to the Alumni of The Wexner Graduate Fellowship.] I grew up in Montreal in an immigrant family - my father was the first to be Canadian born and my extended family continued to live the European experience in Canada. With this background came both incredible stories and huge challenges. I am a … [Read more...] about Making a Difference