By Avital Ingber Israel is a complex land of contrasts and contradictions obvious to most tourists, even at a cursory level. But, the allure of Tel Aviv’s beaches and cuisine, the history and majesty of Jerusalem or the resort culture of Eilat are often all that we see. Seldom does a visit to Israel include an immersive experience into the burgeoning philanthropic sector. Having recently celebrated my tenth anniversary as a professional with … [Read more...] about Israel’s “Almost Secret” Philanthropic Sector
The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago has issued its 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Breakthrough Fund, a grant program launched in 2014 to encourage smart, strategic growth and creative program development in Chicago’s Jewish community. Letters of Intent will be accepted through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. JUF will award $800,000 in new grants for leading-edge programs; capacity-building efforts; planning, research and … [Read more...] about JUF issues Call for Innovative Community Program Ideas
By Carly Schildhaus When you’re going on a leadership mission to Israel, there are a few things they tell you. First, they tell you to check the packing list and make sure you don’t pack more than you need. Second, they tell you that this is a different trip than Birthright was, but you have to experience it to understand it. Third, they encourage you to bring your experiences with you, but to be open to other opinions and ideas. All of this … [Read more...] about The Sustaining Power of DC’s Alumni Leadership Mission
By Stephen R. Silberfarb The speeches are over. The workshops are done. New relationships created and old ones renewed. Farewell hugs in the lobby. The GA is over. Now what? Your folks came back energized. You came back energized. Now is the time to follow-up and follow through. With the intensive efforts to recruit for the GA, it is easy to forget that the real opportunity of the GA is with what comes back to your community. After … [Read more...] about The GA is Over; Now What?
If you take the bar/bat mitzvah out of the synagogue, what’s the impact? In the first of a series of research reports, the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago looks at the rising trend in families forgoing congregational education and/or membership while preparing and conducting their own bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies for their children. “CFJE Reports: A Closer Look at Independent B’nai … [Read more...] about Study Assesses B’nai Mitzvah that Bypass Synagogue