By Eric S. Goldstein and Andrés Spokoiny Poverty is about other people, not American Jews. That’s not something we hear out loud, but it does seem to be a subconscious assumption underlying too many American Jewish conversations - and actions - about poverty. As leaders of, respectively, the largest Jewish Federation and the global networking organization of Jewish philanthropy, we have the opportunity to take part in many such … [Read more...] about Poverty: It’s About Us
This article was reported by Jewish Currents in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, with support from the Puffin Foundation. By Sarah Seltzer As the #MeToo movement unfolded, Jewish Currents spoke with more than 50 Birthright Israel participants and staffers about their experiences with the often-fraught sexual and gender dynamics on the trips, uncovering the case above along with eight other alleged incidents … [Read more...] about Birthright Israel and #MeToo
By Rae Ringel
When Muriel Rukeyser, American poet and political activist, wrote that “…the universe is made of stories, not of atoms,” she touched upon a particularly salient point in the enduring tension between humanity and science, and, perhaps even more pertinent, between humanity and technology.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the recent TED2018, where over 100 speakers - activists, scientists, adventurers, change-makers and more … [Read more...] about Human Capital in the Age of Amazement:
Reflections on Ted2018
By Rabbi Paul Kipnes Sitting in a meeting, chewing over some complex sensitive issues, I mansplained a respected woman rabbi… and I liked it! There we were a mixed group of highly accomplished rabbis, struggling to find a way forward on a complex issue. Hands went up as the moderator asked for comments. One speaker, a colleague I respect greatly, shared a gutsy, insightful analysis of the situation and, apparently, offered a solution to the … [Read more...] about I Mansplained a Woman Rabbi and I Liked It
By Andrés Spokoiny
Israel has two major memorial days: Yom Hazikaron - the remembrance day for fallen soldiers of Israel and Israeli terror victims - and Yom Hashoah Vehagevurah, Holocaust and Heroism memorial day. One is a reminder of the cost of having a Jewish State; the other is a reminder of the cost of not having it.
If you’ve ever spent Yom Hazikaron in Israel, you know how special a day it is - how far from the American “Memorial … [Read more...] about After the Siren:
Yom Hazikaron and Gratitude