The U’Netaneh Tokef prayer is said on Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur. It dates back about a thousand years old and was reputed to be written by Rabbi Amnon of Mainz, Germany. It is one of the most moving and inspirational prayers we say on the Holy Days of the Jewish New Year. U’Netaneh Tokef, which means, We shall ascribe holiness to this day, is the first line of the prayer that speaks to our lives being in God’s hands and how on these holiest … [Read more...] about U’Netaneh Tokef for Nonprofits
I recently took a walk in the woods with two women, one twenty years older than I am, the other forty years older, to discuss the challenges of aging. We paused when we saw white-tailed deer hop-freeze beside us in the thicket. We shared stories about women in our lives, and how they navigated the aging process. We talked about our own changing bodies, changing minds, changing children, changing communities. We turned our faces towards the … [Read more...] about Aging, Gracefully, Together
by Andres Spokoiny The fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Arab Spring, the travesty of Argentina’s early elimination in the 2010 World Cup and many other defining events of the last two decades all share a simple truth: the best of our expert predictions about the future are, quite often, wrong. The unpredictability of the world impacts us at every level, from our business practices all the way to our very sense … [Read more...] about The New 10 Commandments of Strategy: Planning for our Uncertain World
by Todd Cohen To raise money in the deepening economic gloom, nonprofits need to work harder to better understand donors, educate them about urgent community needs, and help them see how supporting their organization will help address those needs. And community problems are escalating as the broken economy hurts a growing number of people who then turn to nonprofits for help. So in addition to rising costs, anxious donors and uncertainty … [Read more...] about Fundraising Should Be About Community
by Susan Weidman Schneider I’ve been revisiting a 1997 article in Lilith entitled “Jewish Latency,” featured on the cover as “The Jews We Lose.” It’s all about a project Lilith created with the help of a grant from New York UJA-Federation to engage New York Jews in their 20s, just out of college, who found no niche in the Jewish world after having felt very empowered in their campus years. David Cygielman, CEO of Moishe House, writing in … [Read more...] about Are Jewish Sororities an Untapped Opportunity?