The problem is that the Jewish Community hasn’t yet fully internalized the need for a new leadership paradigm that places networking and collaboration at its center. by Andrés Spokoiny When I watched Rabbi Brander’s passionate argument for embracing “prosumer” culture in our communal organizations, I was inspired. As the head of an organization focused on networking and collaboration among funders, the model he advocates is precisely where … [Read more...] about Adopting a Collaborative Leadership Paradigm
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by Julie Wiener When the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) announced last week that it would end operations next month, the news signified the end of an era not just for the Jewish ed infrastructure, but for the great American Jewish acronymized organizational name. Pronounced phonetically (“JEZna”), rather than with each letter articulated individually, the 30-year-old JESNA, like the more-than-60-year-old AIPAC followed in … [Read more...] about The Name Game, Jewish Institutional-Style
by Stephen Muss A year ago, I published an angry op-ed piece in The Jewish Week about high school age-programs to Israel. One year later, I am frustrated because so many people agreed with me and yet nothing significant has been accomplished. As I approach my 85th birthday, my vision of 50,000 teens coming to Israel each year to participate on meaningful programs designed specifically to connect them to Israel and their heritage, is, sadly, … [Read more...] about Embracing Community Failure: High School Age Programs to Israel and the Real “No Brainer”
by Maxine Dovere JNS.org When Pascale Bercovitch took a chair next to the podium at ADVANCE: The Ruderman Jewish Disabilities Funding Conference, she lifted herself from a sleekly designed wheelchair onto the same slightly uncomfortable chair on which each member of her audience sat. “I am who I wanted to be. I set out to be a champ,” said the Israeli Paralympic athlete. More than 100 members of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) gathered … [Read more...] about Funders, Advocates, Providers Rally Around Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Jewish Life
No matter how good a job we do with immersive Jewish experiences developing strong Jewish identities, Jews will continue to intermarry. by Edmund Case There’s a lot of energy these days among Jewish philanthropists around inclusivity. On April 17, 2013 in eJewishPhilanthropy, Jay Ruderman wrote about a major upcoming conference for funders on inclusivity for Jews with disabilities. Referring to Jews with disabilities, Ruderman says “all … [Read more...] about Are Interfaith Families Included in Inclusive Philanthropy?