by David Behrman There’s a Digital Gap in our Jewish schools. Technology enriches our lives, connects us to friends and family, makes us productive, and lets us have fun, yet doesn’t seem to make it into our synagogue communities and perhaps more importantly, into our schools. This gap is growing. And as it widens, it sends a message to our children: This thing called Judaism, it’s old fashioned. It writes with a quill pen. It doesn’t fit … [Read more...] about Market Failure: On Our Side of the Digital Gap
by Abigail Pickus This is the first in a three-part series. Yael Assor, 26, is a social activist living in Jerusalem. Originally from Be’er Sheva, she moved to Jerusalem to attend Hebrew University, which was where she learned about Bema’aglei Tzedek (“Circles of Justice”), an organization that raises awareness and engages the public to take action to make lasting changes in the area of social justice. Today, Yael is the coordinator of the … [Read more...] about 5 Questions with … Yael Assor
by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Interactive cell phones now beget landlines and the printed newsletter is now being challenged by organizational internet sites with icons that read “Give Now.” Every new day brings advancements in the way organizations ask and people give. Donors are making scores of smaller gifts on cell phones and computer screens. It is the 21st century equivalent of envelopes being passed around High Holy Day services … [Read more...] about Why are Jewish Nonprofits Afraid of the Power of Technology for Fundraising?
Two graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Yael Alkalay and Ronit Levin Delgado, have been chosen to represent Israel as Fellows of the Fulbright Master’s Program for Israeli students. This is the first year that arts graduates from Israel have been chosen as Fulbright Fellows and the first year that there is a Master’s Program. The US Government’s Fulbright Program is one of the world’s most prestigious and widely known academic … [Read more...] about First-ever Israeli Bezalel Graduates to be Fulbright Fellows
It's mid-summer and the Jewish federations' world is once again on a social media kick. The Jewish Community Heroes campaign is about to launch year 3. And, in Philadelphia, the Jewish Federation - building on the measurable outcomes of last summer's #ISH initiative from JFNA - is launching "Philly, What's your ISH?" We're guessing that Philly has had huge success leveraging all those email addresses they received from the Heroes program to … [Read more...] about Philly Gets ISHed; Oy!