Jewish life is evolving. As the world rapidly changes, so do the diverse needs, interests, and values of modern Jews. Consequently, groundbreaking social entrepreneurs have taken on the mantle of widening the tent of Jewish life, offering new and unique approaches to meeting the spiritual and social needs of today’s community. They draw on our tradition’s intrinsic ability to shape contemporary expressions of Judaism’s enduring values. In … [Read more...] about 8 Brilliant Jewish Organizations Reimagine Jewish Life
The American Jewish Scene
By Kate Lauzar
Every machloket (argument/conflict) which is l’shem shamayim (for the sake of Heaven) is destined to endure.
And that which is not l’shem shamayim, is destined not to endure.
Mishna Avot 5:17
Rabbinic Judaism has always valued makhloket. In fact, the Talmud is filled with debate, often including the (minority) argument that wasn’t chosen as law, expressly to underscore the value of hearing and respecting differing opinions. Our … [Read more...] about Navigating Third Rail Issues:
How Synagogues Can Talk about Tough Issues in a Healthy Way
By Sherri W. Morr I am indeed lucky to be a member of the Ikar Community. Such a distinction gave me the ability to attend the full conference held in LA June 1-3, 2018. These seven synagogues (for lack of a better word) throughout the U.S. are a cohort of energy, vision, ritual, and engagement for young adults. Initially funded for 2 year rabbinic fellowships by the Jim Joseph Foundation, this conference celebrated the conclusion of the first … [Read more...] about Jewish Emergent Network Conference (JEN)
By Larisa Klebe and Judith Rosenbaum “Before the Rising Voices Fellowship, writing was just a means to an end for me, a way to get good grades and maybe some praise. It never occurred to me that writing could further my commitment to understanding history, or cement my status as a feminist, or give me a voice in the world.” On Sunday June 10, the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) celebrated thirteen young women, hailing from all over the … [Read more...] about Jewish Women’s Archive Celebrates Five Years of the Rising Voices Fellowship
By Elizabeth Kratz (JNS) A multigenerational women’s leadership initiative, pairing teens and young women with veteran members of the synagogue to develop new solutions to old challenges. A part-time female member of the shul’s professional staff to engage specifically with female members. A training program for women to learn from the experts to craft and present incisive Torah classes. A coffee-nook inside a synagogue, equipped with … [Read more...] about Innovate, Develop and Learn: How the OU Prompted Programs that meet Women’s Needs