I propose that the American Jewish community adopt a Bill of Rights for Conversion Candidates, to be agreed upon by any of my rabbinic colleagues engaged in the holy work of preparing individuals (and their families) to join the Jewish People. By Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan I have heard enough from those who are going through or have gone through naturalization to the Jewish people. Even before the recent revelations (to be fair, allegations) … [Read more...] about A Bill of Rights for Conversion Candidates
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Slingshot has released Slingshot ‘14 - ‘15 - its tenth annual guide to North America’s most innovative Jewish organizations. The Guide, a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects, will help ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. Among the hundreds of organizations that applied for inclusion 82 were selected, and were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact … [Read more...] about Introducing the Slingshot Class of 2014 – 2015
Miami is back! Reversing 30 years of decline, the population of the Miami Jewish community has increased by 9 percent during the past decade. This from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's just released "2014 Greater Miami Jewish Federation Population Study: A Portrait of the Miami Jewish Community." More than 123,000 Jews now live in Miami-Dade County, making Miami the eleventh largest Jewish community in the U.S. “In the past decade, … [Read more...] about Newly Released Miami Population Study Shows 26% Increase in 18-34 Age Group
The very people who are reading and talking about the Pew study are by in large, the people who are already engaged and not the ones that we need to try and be reaching. By Sam Aboudara On Sukkot, we remember the several decades that the Israelites spent journeying through a hostile environment in search of a promised land that they believed to exist at the end of their travels. During this time, our ancestors took shelter in temporary … [Read more...] about Who Will You Be Welcoming Into Your Sukkah?
[The following essay appears as an introduction to Slingshot ’14-’15, the 10th edition of Slingshot: A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation. Slingshot publishes this tool annually to highlight Jewish projects throughout North America that creatively meet the needs of today’s Jewish community. We hope you enjoy this sneak peak of Slingshot ’14-’15, which will publish in full in late October of 2014. To pre-order your free copy of the guide, visit … [Read more...] about A Look Back From Advancing Women Professionals (and a sneak peak from Slingshot)