By Rabbi Michael Knopf Recently, my congregation’s lay leadership voted to permit its clergy to officiate at marriages between a Jewish individual and a partner from another background (with some important conditions), if and when the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly and the Cantorial Assembly change their current Standards of Practice forbidding their members to officiate at such events. I both championed and fully support my … [Read more...] about Renewing our Vows: A New Approach to Intermarriage
The American Jewish Scene
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
When institutions make new leadership choices, what criteria drive their selections? A set of significant structural and policy issues confront educational institutions today. This is especially the case for our Jewish seminaries. The decline of support for organized religion, the changing roles of clergy, and the presence of new competitors represent three of these primary institutional challenges. Seminaries such … [Read more...] about Leading from the Outside In:
Examining a Different Institutional Leadership Model For JTS-HUC-AJU
By Tziporah Altman-Shafer I never expected one article online to redefine my priorities in Jewish education. My background is in Jewish education. I have worked in camps, supplementary schools, and day schools, as a classroom teacher and an administrator. Starting in 2015, I became the Jewish Education Community Planner for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Each role was meaningful and fulfilling, all of it a prelude to what I was about to … [Read more...] about How Milwaukee Launched an Effort Against Sexual Abuse and Violence
Lonnie Nasatir has been named President-Elect of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. He will assume the role of President on July 1, 2019. Nasatir has served as the Anti-Defamation League’s Regional Director of the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest area since 2005. The son of longtime JUF/Federation President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir, Lonnie Nasatir is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received … [Read more...] about Lonnie Nasatir named President-Elect of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
By Aimee Close According to Wikipedia, design is defined as “the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit diagrams, and sewing patterns).” Imagine any consumer product, and one thing you can be certain of is that it went through a design phase before it was brought to market. If you think about … [Read more...] about Designing the Synagogue Member Experience