by Martin Levine “There is a time for everything... A time to plant and a time to uproot... A time to keep and a time to throw away.” Ecclesiastes “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens There are times for gradual and adaptive change and times when radical, disruptive changes are demanded. Imagine its 1995 and you are the owner-publisher of the leading newspaper in your city. CNN is 5 years old on the … [Read more...] about The Time for Radical Change is Now: Will We Help Bring it On?
by Yoni Sarason I want to thank Joel Frankel, whose recent article, Can Birthright Israel Alone Reverse Young Adults’ Declining Support of Local Jewish Communities?, has reignited the conversation around Taglit-Birthright Israel, follow up, and local models of engagement. When I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, I didn’t feel that I had an outlet or a source for the type of Jewish community or relationships I wanted to be a … [Read more...] about Creating a Community of Peers
by Blair Feehan Millennials have the capacity and energy to light up the nonprofits they get involved with, but are totally underutilized as volunteers and under-engaged as donors. Is your nonprofit tapping into us? We’re a different breed than what you may be used to, and it may require a whole new set of strategies for your organization: scary, I know, but very do-able. The biggest question to ask when you start thinking about attracting … [Read more...] about Want to Know What Makes Millennials Tick? Hint: Ask One
In today’s world, the opportunity to engage in the work of social change is, literally, at our fingertips. But, does this newfound accessibility make us better donors? Adene Sacks and Dawne Bear Novicoff talk about our role as donors in an age of interconnectedness and independence: These days, it happens all the time. A 13-year old girl, preparing for her bat-mitzvah, sits down with her parents to talk about the mitzvah of giving tzedakah … [Read more...] about What Would Rambam Think About DonorsChoose.org?
by H. Glenn Rosenkrantz Fourth-grade students at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY recently gathered for one of a series of Havdalah programs, splitting into groups and discussing the blessings and ritual objects and even making some of their own. Not particularly unusual on its face. But what made it more notable was the fact that it occurred beyond the synagogue walls, in someone’s home, and most importantly, that parents … [Read more...] about New Group Moving Jewish Family Education to the Forefront