By Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. “Foresight is 20/20” is not a typographical error. Rather, it relates to a theme that Dr. Terri Elton and I wrote about in our recent book, Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World: Platforms, People, and Purpose. Foresight is one capacity that will enable congregations to thrive in the future. The velocity of change is accelerating so swiftly that even being agile is insufficient insurance for … [Read more...] about Make Foresight 20/20 this New Year!
By Zohar Luria Last year before the High Holy Days, we spent many hours in preparation with our daughter’s psychiatrist, and at home, planning how to occupy our 10-year-old daughter, Miriam, in synagogue. How would we - my husband and I and our other kids - take our shifts with Miriam, who would spend the long hours of the services mostly outside, playing endless imagination games, wandering from one playground to the next? Mainly, we … [Read more...] about The Girl Who Blew Bubbles on Yom Kippur
By Alissa Ackerman and Guila Benchimol As Jewish women and professionals who study, teach about, and are survivors of sexual violence we have been listening to the conversations about teshuva following public disclosures about sexual harassment in the Jewish world. Some believe that it is neither the time nor place for this discussion while others, including survivors, want to discuss it but feel silenced. Since this month of Elul demands … [Read more...] about Restorative Justice and Teshuva Following Sexual Misconduct
By Andrés Spokoiny We’re still in the Stone Age. Or rather, our minds are. I’m not kidding. The human brain has evolved very little since we were hunter-gatherers in the African savanna and it still uses the same adaptive behaviors that we learned escaping from lions and looking for edible berries. I’m talking about things like the “fight or flight” response, phobias, courtship, relationships with strangers, altruism, and more. In fact, … [Read more...] about Apes and Angels (Rosh Hashanah 5779)
By Erica Brown The days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur offer us the gift of self-reflection and a time to focus on being better Jewish public servants. To that end, the following are a selection of responses to an “Al Chet” - For the Sin of… - exercise I often conduct with boards and Jewish communal professionals at this season. Each person gets an index card and a timed two minutes to “customize” areas for improvement specifically … [Read more...] about A Jewish Public Service Confessional