by Dan Hazony In a recent eJewishPhilanthropy newsletter, there were two articles that unknowingly interconnected large problems with the American Jewish community. Both the articles, A Less Spoken About Angle: The Threat Israel Presents to Jewish Peoplehood by Rabbi Uri Regev and Staying Present: Adult Mentors are Essential to Teens’ Lives and to Effective Jewish Teen Engagement by Deborah Meyer, when read together form a better understanding … [Read more...] about Jewish Role Models and American Jewry’s Perceptions of Israel
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by Dyonna Ginsburg The famed Scottish poet and novelist Andrew Lang warned against using “statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than for illumination.” As Jewish organizations increasingly move towards being data-driven, we would do well to heed Lang’s cautionary note. It is tempting to use data simply as a "support," retroactively justifying existing theories, policies and decisions. It's far more difficult to … [Read more...] about Data that Illuminates: A Case Study
Each year, more than 2,000 college students and other young adults participate in immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) Alternative Break (AB) programs that are run by nearly a dozen organizations. Repair the World’s new study, “Breaking for Change: How Jewish Service-learning Influences the Alternative Break Experience,” investigated the short-term impacts of participation, and explored whether there were differential impacts based on … [Read more...] about Do Alternative Breaks Have a Real Impact?
by David Cygielman I often think of the original Moishe House staff team as being “uniquely under qualified.” We were all committed, excited and saw the potential of Moishe House to change the face of young adult Jewish life but none of us had any actual job experience or the network to rely on our past experience; we truly had to learn as we went. Looking back, this was a huge advantage because we could only look to the future, none of our … [Read more...] about Learning from Jewish Education
From January 10th-20th, 91 YU undergraduate student leaders took part in an array of hands-on community building projects in Israel, the United States, Nicaragua and Mexico while developing their own leadership, teaching and advocacy skills. Under the direction of Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future, and building on the success of the "Counterpoint Israel" summer program, 39 YU students ran a series of Counterpoint "Winter Camps" … [Read more...] about 91 YU Students Spent Break on Community Building Missions Around the World