Our generation, with screens everywhere and friends at our fingertips, don’t need to be engaged. We need to be inspired. We need to be uplifted, and empowered, and given the space to build the communities we want to be a part of. By Samantha Levinson I’m a military brat. Before I was seven years old we’d lived in eight different houses, with the one constant being that no matter where we lived the Jewish community was our home. It … [Read more...] about From Virginia to Europe, My Jewish Journey Goes Full Circle
By Romi Rutovitz I moved to Warsaw in November, and since then the most common question that has been asked of me is why Poland? How did you end up here - where Jewish life was almost decimated under the Nazis and the Communists - comes quickly afterwards. My first visit to Poland was ten years ago on March of the Living. Since then, like many other Diaspora Jews around the world, I have maintained an interest in the Holocaust - visiting … [Read more...] about Why Poland?
By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy Is a new generation of mega-donors fueling counter-establishment trends and reinventing aspects of Jewish religious and communal life? Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, seems to think so. Windmueller told eJewish Philanthropy that while today we still see older (65+) Jewish donors giving in … [Read more...] about Shift in Giving Styles Continues
I'm astonished that Jewish life in Odessa and other former communist countries is thriving and almost unrecognizable to the stories of my youth. By Elissa Katz When I was younger, it took me a long time to realize that my parents were actually the ones with the funny accents, countering my belief that all of my childhood friend's parents sounded a bit strange. Rukhi Verh and Verka Serduchka, the famous Russian-language singers, were … [Read more...] about In Ukraine, Finding Home and Rewriting History
During my time in the Baltics, I worked with an incredible group of smart and talented Jewish teens. Fresh out of college, my brain was teeming with questions about Jewish identity that I had explored myself that I very much wanted to ask them. By Joey Eisman [This article is the fourth in a series written by participants in the inaugural Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] A few weeks ago … [Read more...] about Err on the Side of Adulthood: Encouraging Teens to Explore Conflict