By Miriam T. Chilton and Alex Pomson In Fall 2017, the URJ engaged Rosov Consulting to measure the lifelong impact of URJ youth programs. There have been many such alumni studies in the Jewish community in recent years focused on questions of Jewish continuity, identity building, and other traditional markers of success. In this study, we set out to ascertain if the URJ’s youth programs are achieving the goals of the URJ: to strengthen … [Read more...] about Creating an Engaged Future: Findings from the URJ Youth Alumni Impact Study
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By A Senior Israeli Nonprofit Consultant It’s a real problem. I just got another call from an Israeli nonprofit organization that had paid $11K to have a booth at the upcoming General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America - this year hosted in Tel Aviv - and I just want to tell them save your money and stay home. The organization that contacted me is a smallish amtua (Hebrew for nonprofit) whom I had never heard of before. … [Read more...] about Is the GA Scamming Israeli Nonprofits?
By Bob Leventhal In his book, The One Minute Manager, Dr. Ken Blanchard suggests we “catch people doing something right and praise it.” (The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams: New and Revised Edition, hardcover, March 24, 2009) In my experience, most people will follow the example of their leaders. If leaders uphold a value, followers will pay attention to that value. For example, if we want active debate in meetings, leaders … [Read more...] about Becoming a More Positive Leader
By Amalia Haas [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 … [Read more...] about Honeybees and the Art of Rabbinic Formation
By Casey Cohen Twenty years ago, Deborah Newbrun was the only open lesbian director of a Jewish residential camp in the country, and wherever her family engaged in the Jewish community - from preschool to synagogue - she felt like an outsider. "I needed a place as a young lesbian mother where my family could be in the majority and where we were not a spectacle" Newbrun said. Out of this desire for a more inclusive and open Jewish community, … [Read more...] about Celebrating Two Decades of Diversity