Jewish life is evolving. As the world rapidly changes, so do the diverse needs, interests, and values of modern Jews. Consequently, groundbreaking social entrepreneurs have taken on the mantle of widening the tent of Jewish life, offering new and unique approaches to meeting the spiritual and social needs of today’s community. They draw on our tradition’s intrinsic ability to shape contemporary … [Read More...] about 8 Brilliant Jewish Organizations Reimagine Jewish Life
By Moshe Hecht You know when you’re at a meeting, and the person leading said meeting keeps throwing around a term over and over again, and you’re just sitting there, scratching your head thinking, what the heck are you saying?! Well that’s me. I sit on the board of a local nonprofit. I love it. It’s a great org with great people, and I’m crazy about everything they do. What I’m not so … [Read More...] about What the Heck is a “Culture of Philanthropy”?
While the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was heralded as a Republican legislative victory, the law has the potential to deter charitable giving by increasing the cost of charitable giving, therefore slowing donations. This law – which nearly doubles the standard deduction – enables an estimated 27.3 million more taxpayers to claim the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]