When thousands of Jewish teens, professionals and community leaders descend upon Atlanta this February, we will be able to celebrate being Jewish, both as individual movements and together as one Jewish people. by Michaela Brown, Andrew Keene and Mika Stein Just last week, millions of Jews around the world gathered to partake in the Passover seder, the age-old tradition of retelling the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery. … [Read more...] about Next Year in Atlanta
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by Rafael Medoff JNS.org “We didn’t know you couldn’t organize a mass rally in four days, and sometimes if you don’t know, then you just plunge ahead - and you do it.” So says Glenn Richter, one of the organizers of the rally in New York City, 50 years ago on May 1, which launched the Soviet Jewry freedom movement. In the spring of 1964, not many American Jews were paying attention to the plight of their three million coreligionists in the … [Read more...] about 50 Years On, Remembering the Rally that Launched the Soviet Jewry Movement
Why are critical Jewish institutions struggling to find the talent they need, particularly at the most senior ranks? a must read report for current and aspiring communal leaders Last month's Jewish Funders Network annual conference saw a full morning devoted to leadership for a 21st-century Jewish community including a plenary that looked at "the changing roles of leaders in the social sector, how we prepare future lay and professional … [Read more...] about Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders for Jewish Nonprofits
by Emeri S. Handler As a parent, I value giving my teenage daughters autonomy over their down time. I believe that they need space to relax, reflect, and develop interests outside of school that will help them grow as individuals. My children attend a Jewish day school; one that is rich with profound Jewish experiences that enhance their lives and help them solidify their Jewish identities. So what is the balance between giving them individual … [Read more...] about When Do We Force Our Teens To Partake In Jewish Life?
by Joelle Asaro Berman and Marci Soifer Passover is a unique moment. As we learn every year from the hundreds of Birthright Israel alumni who host Seders for their friends through NEXT’s Passover initiative, the holiday provides young adults with a whole new space in which to explore identity, experiment with tradition, and build community. … [Read more...] about What Passover Means to Young Adults