By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. Wherever one turns today, on email or twitter accounts, whether in letters to the editor or postings to articles, or responses to guest presenters, there appears to be a litmus test concerning Israel. Increasingly, one finds names showing up on “lists.” Some of these postings are seen as the “correct” listserv, while others are identified as being a part of an “enemies” list. Have we created within the Jewish … [Read more...] about Managing in an Age of Anger and Fear: How We Engage Around Israel
A response to a response to a response to a response ... well, you know! By Dr. Misha Galperin Wow, Andrew, this is getting to be fun! Wish we had such open debates in front of our colleagues and lay people at the General Assemblies and Federation and JFNA Board meetings… We might be in a different place as a system right now if we had. So, let’s get to it. And let’s not quibble over the small details or semantics any longer. Customer … [Read more...] about Philanthropy, Tzedakah and Makhloket.
By Stefanie Rhodes
With deep pride and gratitude, I am delighted to present the 13th Slingshot Guide to Jewish Innovation. Throughout these pages, you will encounter some of the most forward-thinking organizations in Jewish life that are responding to urgent challenges and offering new ways to build a diverse and dynamic Jewish future.
This guide celebrates organizations led by and for Jews of color, LGBTQ Jews, Latinx Jews, Jews of every … [Read more...] about Slingshot celebrates
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By Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D. I thank Misha Galperin for his response to my article Who are Federation’s Customers?. Galperin reminds us that donors must be inspired to give and not treated as “taken-for-granted suppliers of funds.” I agree with much of what Galperin has written. But I disagree with his cynicism. As our North American Jewish community faces significant challenges for which our communal institutions were not built, it may be time … [Read more...] about The Jewish Confederation of North America: on Donors, Investors and Cynicism (a response to Misha Galperin)
By Lev Gringauz There is a pit in Minsk, Belarus, that is simply called the Pit, or “Yama” in transliteration. It was where 5,000 Jews from the Minsk Ghetto, among them my family members, were murdered by Nazis. During the time of the Soviet Union, KGB officers were stationed there to make sure no Jews stopped to mourn. The memorial, then, only mentioned the deaths of Soviet citizens at the hands of the brutal fascist regime. My father and … [Read more...] about Almost Like Returning Home