By Rabbis Elan Babchuck, Barry Dolinger and Sarah Mack Each year at Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world gather at bodies of water of varying sizes to cast off sins in the form of bread crumbs. This year, in Providence, Rhode Island, we cast off something more: our institutional boundaries, our movemental constrictions and our prior notions of community. It was a joyous occasion this 5775 when for the first time ever, the three largest … [Read more...] about Casting Away Barriers to Community: Tashlich Together
The American Jewish Scene
For 30% of our Jewish volunteers, we are proud to be their first Jewish experience on campus. By Carly Zimmerman Last month, I had the privilege of celebrating Challah for Hunger’s 10th anniversary, gathering with students, alumni, friends and our founder, Eli Winkelman, to look back at the organization’s incredible achievements. With more than 70 chapters around the world, we’ve engaged 7,000 student leaders, raised $600,000 for social … [Read more...] about Challah for Hunger On the Rise
By Charles Cohen Last week I had the chance to hear leadership from Temple Beth Am, in Jupiter, Florida, and from Temple Beit HaYam, in Stuart, Florida, share their experiences about switching to a “voluntary contribution” membership model. In this dues structure families and individuals are informed about the membership donation amount that would cover expenses, but are invited to simply pay what they feel they can afford, or what they want … [Read more...] about Abraham’s Tent: How a Voluntary Contribution Model Creates a More Open Synagogue
By Allison Fine The email from the older congregant read, “I was in the hospital last week, and no one called — even though I didn’t tell anyone I was sick.” This was just one of the litany of complaints by email I received as the new president of my congregation. “Dear Madam President: My parking spot was taken.” “The doors were locked when I arrived for my meeting.” “I didn’t get a timely thank-you note.” “My name was misspelled on a … [Read more...] about The Need for Synagogues to Work With Not At Their Members
By Jacob Kamaras JNS.org What message is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sending to the Jewish community through its recent selection of White House aide and social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed longtime National Director Abraham Foxman? While some are praising ADL for thinking outside the box with its hire and trying to appeal to a younger demographic, others are concerned that Greenblatt is too visibly partisan and that … [Read more...] about What Will ADL’s Priorities Be in a Post-Foxman Era?