by Yehuda Kurtzer, PhD In his recent article on eJp, Scott Brown laments the absence of great talent and a steady supply of young professionals into Jewish life, and blames the organizations and institutions for failing to create the systems to invite in, grow and ultimately keep this talent. While I admire the self-reflective tone of Brown’s piece, most of the prescriptions that Brown offers (tools for retention and growth, e.g.) together with … [Read more...] about The Kids are All Right
by Dr. Misha Galperin I am delighted that my op-ed has spurred a conversation about an issue that is critical to modern Jewish life. What is the nature of Jewish peoplehood? If it is about connection among Jews, but has no additional substance, then we have failed our history and our values. If peoplehood is only a way to raise money, then we haven’t gone deep enough. If it is to serve “the stranger ” without caring for our own first, then we … [Read more...] about Continuing a Peoplehood Debate
by David Breakstone Type “peoplehood” into a Microsoft Word document and it’s going to appear as a mistake. That’s a bit worrisome, given the increasing emphasis being put on the concept within certain circles intent on looking after the Jewish future. My problem, though, is not that Word doesn’t recognize the notion, but that its proponents don’t recognize, a priori, the vital role Israel plays in assuring the continuity to which they are … [Read more...] about Peoplehood vs. Zionism
When I entered this field as a professional, as head of a no-longer-standing foundation, I approached many of my colleagues - to find mentors, and those who could share insights on how to do this work, there was one line I heard so often, it seemed to be a professional mantra: You’ve met one foundation, you’ve met one foundation. Of course, I began to understand, I was now in a field which had no commonly accepted standards, and had an ethos … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Eleven Years of Funder Education
by Paul Golin For decades now, panicked voices in the Jewish community have responded to the high rates of intermarriage by asking the provocative question, “Will your grandchildren be Jewish?” While in recent years we at JOI are gratified to see the community move away from fear-based program decisions to a focus on positive Jewish engagement - and feel that we’ve helped change the discourse - we are disappointed that there are still communal … [Read more...] about Will Bob Marley’s Grandchildren Be Jewish?