A new report on American Jewish philanthropy details an increased focus on Jewish engagement, more giving with social or systemic change in mind, less giving to older institutions, and more collaboration among major foundations. Giving Jewish: How Big Funders Have Transformed American Jewish Philanthropy, commissioned by The AVI CHAI Foundation and authored by Dr. Jack Wertheimer, explores how the philanthropic landscape has changed fundamentally … [Read more...] about New Report on American Jewish Philanthropy shows Donors Rely Less on Established Organizations
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By Susan Kardos You’ll sometimes hear it said in hushed and half-apologetic tones, mostly by policymakers, funders, or central office officials: “change is just hard for people.” Usually they are explaining why a funded program or state mandate or new idea from the superintendent’s office isn’t taking hold in classrooms. They are re-enforcing the notion that teachers, as a group, resist change. Implicit in the comment is that teachers are, at … [Read more...] about How Can We Improve Teaching and Learning in Schools?
By Shoshana Hebshi Kids who love Jewish overnight camp will have one more local option to choose from this summer. Eden Village West, the first expansion of Eden Village Camp in upstate New York, will open near the Russian River in Sonoma County on June 19 for the first of three sessions focused on farming, food, outdoor education and homesteading crafts. And, of course, building Jewish connections. Its debut will bring the total number … [Read more...] about S’more and s’more Jewish Summer Camps around the Bay
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies has launched a new Tefilah Education Initiative. The Initiative, funded by a grant from the AVI CHAI Foundation, will provide support and direction to day schools and other Jewish educational institutions in the area of tefilah through the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative. “Tefilah has been one of the greatest challenges facing day schools," noted Pardes President Rabbi Leon Morris. “Over the past … [Read more...] about Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Launches New Tefilah Education Initiative
In small towns with scarce resources, parents ask, “If it’s so hard, why am I doing it?” By Chava Leiba Witkes Portland, Oregon, is known for its microbreweries and bike lanes, not its Jewish life. “I get so many weird questions,” said Rachel Hall, a life-coach who sends her kids to the area’s Chabad-affiliated Gan Preschool. “In most of my social circles, I’m everyone’s only Jewish friend. I basically have to educate everyone around … [Read more...] about It Takes A (Jewish) Village