Applications Open for PresenTense Baltic States Accelerator

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Know any social entrepreneurs in Latvia, Estonia or Lithuania? PresenTense, The Jewish Agency and Migrash are kicking off their FIRST accelerator for the Baltic states, based in Riga, Latvia! Apply to the Newdoor Riga program by Thursday April 10th. … [Read more...]

What People are Saying About The Government of Israel and World Jewry Joint Initiative

Readers weigh in on the draft report - “The Initiative: Ways to the Jewish Future": Rabbi Charles Lebow writes: Where should I start? From the report: “This initiative is animated by the ambition to nurture Jews who are eager to integrate Jewish values and practices with universal thinking. This concept can be captivating to millions of young Jews.” Do they really think that young Jews are “eager to integrate Jewish values and practices with universal thinking”? And if they would, do they really think that with this integration that our problems would somehow be solved? What research has been done to confirm this? I see nothing new in this report. The recommendations are about throwing more money into the same things that are already being done by the Jewish Agency (more … [Read more...]

Status Update: The Government of Israel and World Jewry Joint Initiative

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Following up on last week's "Online Jam Session" organized by the Government of Israel and World Jewry Joint Initiative, a draft report from the Content Team - "The Initiative: Ways to the Jewish Future" has been distributed. from the report: Next Steps "The recommendations in this paper make possible the next steps in this continuing conversation between the Government of Israel and the Jewish world. While the focus of this paper is the proposed content for the Initiaitive, the organization of the operational model - who will make decisions and how - remains under discussion. The Government will draft a resolution to increase dramatically its investment in securing the Jewish future. The content development will continue to advance, including the detailing of an implementation plan. The … [Read more...]

Full Subsidy is the Only Way to Go

The Jewish Agency’s belief that a heavily subsidized trip will significantly increase teen travel to Israel is an illusion. … [Read more...]

Creating Internships – and Great Counselors, Too.

As important as this first connection to Israel is, we know that the second touch each young person makes with Israel is really what “seals the deal” for a lifelong connection and a long-term relationship with Israel. by Jonathan Cohen Knowledgeable, committed and experienced camp counselors are the cornerstone of any great summer camp experience. The Cohen Camps, three New England Jewish overnight camps, along with all other Jewish camps face the same challenge: retaining the experienced counselors who have grown up at our camps and can enthusiastically pass on camp traditions and ruach to the next generation of campers. We highly value the expertise, knowledge and energy of these college-age counselors These experienced, college-age counselors face a dilemma. They want to return to … [Read more...]

Is It a Camel or a Horse? Some Thoughts on “The Prime Minister’s Initiative”

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They sit there in committees day after day, And they each put in a color and it comes out gray. And we all have heard the saying, which is true as well as witty, That a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee. (American comedy writer and song parodist Allan Sherman) ##### Back in November, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, in partnership with The Jewish Agency for Israel, convened a first ever strategic planning summit. The goal - "to formulate a joint plan to enhance the Jewish identity of young Jews around the world and strengthen ties between the Jewish world and Israel." Now, two months later, with planning well underway, The Jerusalem Post has taken an in-depth look at the initiative (which we encourage you to … [Read more...]