by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. A new paradigm is emerging related to the status and image of Jews in the world. These five categorizations are by necessity redefining the “condition” and position of the Jewish people. The ideas introduced below are extracted from material that is a part of my forthcoming book, "The Quest for Power: An Introduction to Jewish Political Thought and Practice." Israel as the last Western Nation-State: At a time … [Read more...] about Rethinking the Jewish Condition: Five Scenarios that are Impacting the Course of Jewish History
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by Susan Rifkin Ask today’s Jewish youth “What is Israel?” and you would probably get a response that includes Hebrew, hummus, culture and conflict. Israel Night at the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s recent Leaders Assembly included many of these elements, with a record number of attendees feasting on Israeli delicacies, singing and dancing to Israeli music. … [Read more...] about Does Israel Education Matter at Camp?
by Rabbi Scott Aaron Among the various terminal maladies of what the historian Simon Rawidowicz termed our ever-dying people is the demise of the American synagogue. It is common knowledge that there has been a decline in congregational membership over the last several decades that has been accelerated by the recession of the last several years. Clergy positions have been reduced from full-time to part-time or eliminated, congregational … [Read more...] about Reports of the Death of Congregations has been Greatly Exaggerated
by Esther D. Kustanowitz On a Friday night in February, in a cozy apartment in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, hostess Tabby Davoodi (during the week, the Executive Director of Persian-American-Jewish organization 30 Years After) was somehow doing two things at once - making sure everyone was fed, and facilitating conversations; satiating her guests’ appetite for both food and story. Tales of Persia swirled in the air, mingling … [Read more...] about Putting Community on the Table: NEI Shabbat
We should be helping young adults build points of Jewish connection for themselves. by Rachel Cort I started out this series with the observation that many Jewish professionals who seek to serve Millennials look significantly different from their target audience. As I was writing this series, I revisited Reboot’s seminal 2006 report on Jewish identity and community “in a time of unlimited choices,” and I was struck by a passage from the … [Read more...] about Five New Competencies: Moving from Theory to Practice