By Maayan Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy Jerusalem will celebrate entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity on Wednesday, June 20, at the first-ever Jerusalem WeWork Creator Awards. Ten finalists in three categories - business ventures, nonprofit and performing arts - will compete for $700,000 in funding and the opportunity to win more at the Creator Awards Global Finals in New York in … [Read More...] about Jerusalem Creator Awards will Celebrate Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Making the World a Better Place
By Kate Lauzar
Every machloket (argument/conflict) which is l’shem shamayim (for the sake of Heaven) is destined to endure.
And that which is not l’shem shamayim, is destined not to endure.
Mishna Avot 5:17
Rabbinic Judaism has always valued makhloket. In fact, the Talmud is filled with debate, often including the (minority) argument that wasn’t chosen as law, expressly to underscore the value … [Read More...] about Navigating Third Rail Issues:
How Synagogues Can Talk about Tough Issues in a Healthy Way
By Sherri W. Morr I am indeed lucky to be a member of the Ikar Community. Such a distinction gave me the ability to attend the full conference held in LA June 1-3, 2018. These seven synagogues (for lack of a better word) throughout the U.S. are a cohort of energy, vision, ritual, and engagement […]
By Alex Sinclair Why do we send Rabbinical students to Israel for a year of study, and what should they be doing there? For the past three years, the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary has convened a unique Israel education program in partnership with a Consortium of Rabbinical […]
The 11th annual Judafest Street Festival once again brought Budapest’s Kazinczy Street, and its surrounding neighborhood, to the limelight. Against a backdrop of rising nationalism and anti-Semitism in Europe, Jewish identity was proudly on display at the celebrations. And one couldn’t help but notice, that at both the street fair and Yom HaAtzmaut event organized […]
By Terri Lynn Helge A wealthy family recently sued the University of Chicago for allegedly not living up to promises the school made before getting a $100 million pledge, claims the university says lack merit. Another rich donor rescinded a $14 million gift to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that they had made contingent […]