By Arielle Handel and Dan Alpert Throughout the month of February, communities around the world recognized and participated in JDAIM, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, with the goal of raising awareness and championing the rights of those with differing abilities, as well as creating more inclusive Jewish communities where everyone feels valued and dignified, no matter their identification. As a leading pluralistic Jewish … [Read more...] about When Big Feels Small: Creating Inclusive Communities at Large-Scale Events
By Sam Aboudara February 14th was one of those typically busy days at work where I barely had a second to think. It wasn’t until I got home and hung up the phone that I even learned about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. My wife shared with me the news and my reaction was surprising. I didn’t rush to turn on the news, or ask questions, or even recommence the ongoing conversation we often have about this subject and the changes needed. … [Read more...] about Will the Rising Voices of Teens Spur Change?
In order to strengthen BBYO’s ability to deliver meaningful Jewish experiences to Jewish teens, the Maimonides Fund has awarded the organization a grant of $3.9 million. This is the fourth multi-year, multi-million-dollar grant BBYO has received toward a capacity building plan designed to expand the organization’s reach and impact across the globe. A primary focus of this new grant will be felt at the more than 100 teen-led weekend retreats … [Read more...] about With New Multi-million Grant, BBYO will Expand Jewish Learning at Events and Experiences
By Arielle Handel and Naomi Hess Over the past ten years, Jewish communities around the world have embraced JDAIM, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, during the month of February. From sharing our thoughts about inclusion, to conducting educational programs about how we can help people with differing abilities feel more included in our events, there are many ways in which members of our community acknowledge the important issues … [Read more...] about Taking Action Through Advocacy During Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month
By Oz Fishman and Samantha Levinson The Pew Survey of 2013, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” shook our community and its institutions. It was a wakeup call for all of us to take a good look at the kind of Jewish life that exists and what that looks like into the future. Recently, another study was published by Leading Edge, called, “Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work?” with less fanfare than the Pew Survey, but with implications … [Read more...] about After Leading Edge, Best Practices for Engaging Millennial Jewish Professionals