By Rabbi Robyn Frisch Interfaith relationships are a “hot topic” in the Jewish community, and for good reason - according to the 2013 Pew Research Center Report on American Jews, 71% of Jews outside of the Orthodox community who got married after 2000 wed spouses of another faith. InterfaithFamily (IFF) - the only organization that focuses exclusively on people in interfaith relationships - is proud that our rabbis have been “on the ground” … [Read more...] about Learning To Serve Interfaith Couples and The Fellowship To Help Rabbis Get There
By Michelle Shapiro Abraham and Rabbi Ana Bonnheim
Young Jewish professionals are a growing cohort of just-out-of-college professionals who are eager for Jewish living and learning. Their jobs in the Jewish world are often their first jobs out of school and often in synagogues, where they are charged with being the “pied-pipers” of youth engagement in their communities.
The Union for Reform Judaism has increased our support of these new … [Read more...] about From Camp Counselor to Full Time Youth Professional:
What We are Learning About Millennials in the Field
Their problematic relationship is a casualty of the culture wars sparked by the presidencies of Obama and Trump By Chemi Shalev Haaretz.com This year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has already created more of a ruckus than any GA in recent memory - before it even started. The phrase “We need to talk,” which adorns the invitation to the GA and its slogan, carries a loaded punch. In today's … [Read more...] about Analysis: The GA’s ‘We Need to Talk’ Slogan is a Desperate Plea to Save Israel-U.S. Jewish Ties
The Conference of American Jewish Federations set to take place in Tel Aviv will be devoted this year to “renewing dialogue between American Jewry and Israel.” It’s just a shame that this well-meaning event will not include voices from settlers, Haredim, Arabs, and those from the country’s periphery. By Zvika Klein [Editor's note: While written prior to the GA, the underlying message - "to meet with Israelis who don’t think like you" - … [Read more...] about My American Brothers, Speak with Israelis who Don’t Think Like You
Recently, a rabbi from a large established synagogue sent us an email, and he asked, “Could you create something in our building? Our pews are empty of young people.” We wish this was the only email like this we’ve received recently... By Bradley Caro Cook, Ed.D. & Rabbi Adam Grossman Amazon, Netflix, and AirBnB have shifted the way we understand “brick-and-mortar” organizations and seek experiences. To be relevant in today’s … [Read more...] about Legacy Organizations and Brick and Mortar Institutions Could be More Relevant Today Than in the Past 40 Years