By Ilana Kaufman It was early fall and my friend’s daughter Gabi had just started a new religious school program. Gabi was excited; bunches of friends from her public school, and piles of pals from Jewish summer camp were also in her religious school classes. Gabi’s mom, a member of the religious school’s Shul arrived a few minutes before 6:00 pm to pick up her daughter. Swarms of kids and parents milled about looking for one another. Some of … [Read more...] about Understanding Racism as a Jewish Engagement Issue
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By Jay Sanderson [Remarks presented at the Annual Board of Directors meeting, December 18, 2014.] Five years ago, after almost 100 years, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles embarked on a new journey. Our leadership recognized that, in order the make the greatest, most lasting impact on Jewish life in Los Angeles, Israel and around the world, we needed to do more than change. We needed to undertake a thoughtful, deliberate and … [Read more...] about Transforming the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
"It’s time to quit asking: “Who is a Jew?” and, instead, ask: “Who wants to do Jewish?” Enough with being gatekeepers; it’s time to invite in the people who might well want to connect with Judaism but don’t know that they are welcome." ***** [The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and Clal’s CLI program. The Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI) is a two-year program to support and encourage early career congregational rabbis … [Read more...] about The Tent Peg Business, Revisited
The Jewish Week has introduced "The Jewish GDP Project: Beyond the Dollars," an effort to track and analyze the financial health of the Jewish nonprofit sector over time. Their initial report shows that Jewish nonprofits, still struggling long after the recession, were down $1 billion from 2007 to 2012: … [Read more...] about Introducing ‘The Jewish GDP Project’
Peas in a Pod: Collaboration: All the Rage in the Nonprofit World, But is it Right for Everybody? By Robert Evans The news that three historically prominent suburban Philadelphia synagogues - two Conservative and one Reform - planned to combine their religious schools into a single supplementary Hebrew school last month made big waves. It garnered major coverage from the Jewish Exponent, the weekly newspaper covering the Philadelphia region. … [Read more...] about Collaboration: All the Rage in the Nonprofit World, But is it Right for Everybody?