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!
[eJP note: the following opinion piece was published in Haaretz on November 9, 2007] On a hot October night in the Pico-Robertson section of Los Angeles, the emcee known as 'dj handler' keeps a young Jewish crowd jumping late into the night as an Aramaic-tongued rapper, Y-Love, brings forth verses more likely to appear in the Talmud than at a night club called the Joint. by Ariel Beery and Aharon Horwitz On a hot October night in the … [Read more...] about Investing in Value
by Marc N. Blattner I continue to read national articles and op-ed pieces about the Jewish community that have wonderful intentions, yet miss their audience. The organized Jewish communal leadership is masterful at talking to itself. We use “insider” terms that most Jews do not use in their everyday life. Although I am a professional in the field, I am trying to think of the last time my friends (all in their 30s and 40s) talked about Jewish … [Read more...] about Talk Tachlis? Try Talking Like You Do With Your Friends!
by Gary Wexler The evening began as the sunset performed like fine public art, sliding slowly behind a deepening blue and glowing orange Mediterranean Sea. Next door, the minaret of a long-abandoned mosque cast its shadow upon the ancient port below. Distant lights came alive in the soaring high rises of Tel Aviv. It was June 27, my 60th birthday. Hila Solomon, a chef friend, had arranged this exotic, extraordinary event on the rooftop of a … [Read more...] about Am I Still Relevant at 60?
by Aliza Mazor Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas has been the proud home of 26 innovative start-ups over the past decade. We have served as a laboratory for new ideas, giving them physical space, start-up capital, skills training, coaching, consulting, a peer community, visibility, and more. Our goal has been to nurture the growth of these ideas, help them become effective organizations, and enable them to achieve lasting impact. … [Read more...] about Helping Innovations Survive, Thrive, and Go to Scale