by Daniel S. Horwitz This past week while in Beijing, I had one of those conversations that as a rabbi you dream about. Ben - a 26 year old resident of the local Moishe House who is a Toronto native and works at the Canadian Embassy - and I spent almost 3 hours over dinner discussing the ins and outs of the organized (and not so organized) Jewish community, Israel, and the future of the Jewish people. … [Read more...] about Jewish Day School Education – A More Inclusive Model?
by Olga Bard Being a young Jewish adult in a city with many varied ways of spending your free time can easily leave you without a “Jewish” focus. That is why when Moishe House came to Kiev in September 2010, a quiet revolution started. It was the first time young adults were creating programs for their peers, offering a pluralistic space where everyone could find their Jewish identity and explore it in their own way. Moishe House has … [Read more...] about Creating Community in Kiev
We need to move beyond offering just a gateway to the Jewish community and Judaism 101 experiences but also a way for young adults to continue growing Jewishly. by Yasha Moz Ten years ago I was a university student in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Studying international relations was good, but as a local Hillel activist at the time, my most memorable education came from my involvement in Jewish life. Working at Jewish camps, going on Birthright, … [Read more...] about Reflections from Moscow
by Sanford R. Cardin In 1994, in the wake of the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Charles and Lynn Schusterman seized upon what they determined was a window of opportunity to begin rebuilding a sense of community among those whose Jewish identities had been repressed by the twin forces of the Holocaust and state-supported persecution. The Schustermans had traveled to the region several times in the 1980’s to meet refuseniks, and they … [Read more...] about Reflections: 20 Years of Hillel in the FSU
by Justin Korda The application process for the ROI Summit is simultaneously one of the best and hardest times of the year for me - best because it reinforces the incredible young Jewish talent coming of age in communities around the world; hardest because I'm reminded that the Jewish world still does not have enough compelling opportunities to nurture all of it. Until we do, far too many young Jews who want to contribute to strengthening the … [Read more...] about WANTED: More Spaces to Harness Leadership Talent