[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 23 - “The Israeli Diaspora - a Peoplehood Perspective” - published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education.] By David Mallach The Israeli-American diaspora took a long time in coalescing. The dual rejection that it experienced did not lead to community collective but rather to fragmentation and a low profile. On the one hand, for many decades they were seen as ‘Yordim’ in the eyes of … [Read more...] about Israeli Americans Today
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By David Katz The famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble creates music by blending musicians from multiple genres. A classical pianist, a virtuoso bagpiper and a celebrated oud player join to push the boundaries of musical creativity. Ma curates the ensemble based on “edge effect” an ecological concept describing the diversity of life that exists when two eco-systems overlap. When the forest meets the prairie, plants and animals create … [Read more...] about A Silk Road Hillel
[The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and the Clergy Leadership Incubator program (CLI). CLI is a two-year program to support and encourage congregational rabbis and rabbinic entrepreneurs in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation. CLI is directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz and is fiscally sponsored by Hazon. Each month CLI offers a Synagogue Innovation Blog. Past columns can be … [Read more...] about Re-imagining Synagogue Worship
By Robert Bank “Diversity” might not be the first word that comes to mind when we think about living a Jewish life - but it should be. Our heritage’s creation story - human beings created in the image of the Divine - makes an unequivocal statement that all people, whatever our race, ethnicity, class, culture, language, ability or identity, are infinitely valuable and equal. Our history of oppression teaches us to stand up for - rather than … [Read more...] about One Story, Many Voices: A Call for Increased Diversity and Equity in Jewish Life and Leadership
By Dr. Shahar Sadeh In recent years the world has witnessed an increase in efforts to delegitimize Israel and Israelis. Much has been and will yet be written on the manifestations of the global BDS movement, as the challenge is growing and complex. Much of the writing was or will be drafted by faculty members who became “experts” on the subject, oftentimes unintentionally, as they were standing against the tide. Over time they became aware … [Read more...] about Faculty Members, University Campus and the Jewish Community – Why Should the Three Go Together?