[NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement is celebrating its 75th! In recognition, eJP invited 4 NFTY alumni - representing 4 different decades - to share their thoughts on the influence NFTY has had on their lives.] By Rabbi Lisa Tzur I have often joked that I am the poster child of the URJ. (Ironically, my picture does appears on one of the NFTY Israel posters, distributed over a decade to Reform congregations in North America!) As an … [Read more...] about A Lifetime from Israel to Kutz
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The disengagement of so many Reform Jews from synagogue life is a significant concern in a movement where the organizational building block and the primary conduit of education, engagement and influence is the congregation. [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew," reprinted with permission from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.] By Fern Chertok The Reform Movement stands at a … [Read more...] about The Reform Tent: Half Full or Half Empty?
by Rabbi Laura Geller Rabbi Sandy Sasso, ordained in 1975, the first woman rabbi in the Reconstructionist movement, opened her remarks [last Wednesday evening] with a quote from a Mary Oliver poem: “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell the story.” It was a panel organized to honor the memory of Rabbi Regina Jonas, the first woman in history to be ordained a rabbi. Participating were the modern pioneers, the first women to be ordained in their … [Read more...] about Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell the Story.
by Ofer Glanz When an endless stream of breaking news competes for our limited time and attention, some stories fall between the cracks - like that of the war in Eastern Ukraine, afire with constant shelling, electricity cuts, shortages of food and medicine, and widespread unrest. Three Jewish women’s lives were cut short last month in this region. Did you know? Svetlana and Anna Sitnikov, a 57-year-old grandmother and her 31-year-old … [Read more...] about Delivering Hope to Jews Fleeing, and Staying, in Eastern Ukraine
by Chip Edelsberg This month’s reflection is different than most. It is more indicative of my personal beliefs and less a description of any specific Jim Joseph Foundation Board-sanctioned grantmaking strategy. My thoughts derive from observations and insights I want to share following two weeks of travel. During this time, I had the opportunity to step back from the day-to-day world of Jewish philanthropy and Jewish communal life. While away … [Read more...] about A World of Expanding Knowledge and Know-How