Over the past year or so, we've often written about the projects and the people, connected to the PresenTense network. Most of the stories have centered around their flagship fellowship program that takes place here in Jerusalem each summer. However, before there was a summer institute, there was PresenTense Magazine. Like eJewish Philanthropy, the magazine is as an all volunteer effort; and one that "provides a nurturing environment where Jewish … [Read more...] about Why Should We Care?
Visit the PresenTense Open House to experience first hand the future of Israel and meet the social entrepreneurs who are lunching and managing ventures that take on social challenges facing Israel and the Jewish People. Located in the heart of the German Colony, PresenTense's Hub offers workspace, a conference room, conversation clusters and an environment that is both inspiring and animating. Come hear about PresenTense's range of … [Read more...] about In Israel for Sukkot? Come Join in The Future of the Jewish People
Seven time-zones from Moscow, about as far east as one can travel in Russia, lies the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, or Region. Established in 1934 “for the Jewish population of the Soviet Union to receive a territory in which to pursue Yiddish cultural heritage within a socialist framework” this out-of-the-way region is today largely forgotten by world Jewry. But here, last week over 300 [mostly] young Russian Jews gathered in the capital city of … [Read more...] about From WestHampton, New York to Russia’s Far East, Limmud FSU Makes Inroads
from the Jewish Chronicle: Our ‘future leaders’ set out their visions What are young Jewish “leaders” and “thinkers” interested in? If the 120 participants in the fourth annual Return On Investment (ROI) Summit last week in Israel are anything to go by, the answer seems to be: the same things as other starry-eyed idealists - student politics, human rights, multiculturalism and volunteering in the developed world. They also want to find … [Read more...] about Two Generations of Leaders
Meet Matt Bar: Bible Raps Learn Torah, bit by bit, from alphabet, to sentences, to pages, with phrases from sages oh baby… Rapper and educator Matt Bar infects his students with Torah. He’ll take a lesson plan, spin it on its head, and bust out rap lyrics that get kids crazy about learning. These lyrics from his song “Rabbi Akiva and Raquel: Learn Torah” not only teaches the story of Akiva’s struggle to study, but also teaches students they … [Read more...] about Who Said Jewish Boys Can’t Rap?