We need courageous, risk taking Jewish leadership, especially in communities with ridiculously low Jewish engagement and significant Jewish populations. by Jennie Starr Jewish collaboration requires a courtship to understand synergies and opportunities, overcome pitfalls, and create mutually beneficial collaboration. It’s about creating something new and great neither organization could do themselves. We reach new people, build different … [Read more...] about Healthy Jewish Collaboration, Courage, Creativity and Reciprocity
by Daniel S. Horwitz In late 2011, Moishe House received the results from a two-year external evaluation by the TCC Group. Two major findings included: Young Jewish adults in the Moishe House network were seeking additional content-rich and skill-building Jewish educational experiences; and The majority of Moishe House residents did not grow up doing the types of Jewish rituals and experiences that they are now leading. … [Read more...] about What We Have Learned About Jewish Learning
by Rabbi Gabe Greenberg During the past academic year, Berkeley Hillel has embarked upon a strategy that will be familiar to keen observers of Jewish organizational life. Picking up on the widespread and growing DIY - “do it yourself” - movement in general culture, we launched our own “JIY - Jew It Yourself” campaign. Acknowledging that a) students will make deeper commitments to a Judaism which they’ve helped create and feels their own, and … [Read more...] about The DIY Approach to Jewish Education
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