Watch on the Brandeis live-streaming channel Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7 pm - 9:30 pm "The Future of the Jews" is a round-table discussion that follows up on the publication of "Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action," which was published here on eJewishPhilanthropy on October 1, 2015 and generated a great deal of debate, both online and off. This "Call to Action," qualifying statements, and differing viewpoints (a few of … [Read more...] about You are Invited to “The Future of the Jews,” Round-table Discussion
Statement on Jewish Vitality
By Joshua Ratner A month after its publication, the “Statement on Jewish Vitality,” signed by a number of leading Jewish communal figures, has stirred robust and vociferous condemnation. Some, like my colleague and neighbor Rabbi Rona Shapiro, have argued that the Statement is too technically-oriented, focusing on a series of steps to expand “Pediatric Judaism” programmatically but doing little to address the burning need to make Judaism … [Read more...] about Is The Jewish Community In America Actually In Crisis?
Since the release of the Pew study in 2013, there has been much hand-wringing in the Jewish community, with some calling this, again, a time of crisis. There is fear of increasing rates of assimilation and growing disaffiliation from traditional institutions. This was especially apparent in the recent statement, Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action, signed by many respected colleagues. We do not accept this doom and gloom … [Read more...] about #JewishPurpose: An Open Invitation to Participate
By Rona Shapiro A couple weeks ago, in response to the 2nd anniversary [of the Pew Report release] luminaries of the Jewish community issued a paper entitled “Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action.” Despite the fact that it was signed by illustrious Jews, many of whom I know and love, it is one of the worst documents I have ever read. To summarize, the document, written in the passive voice, by no one in particular, … [Read more...] about Strategic Directions?: Seven Habits of Successful Jewish Organizations
By David Manchester B’reshit barah elohim et hashamayim v’et haretz In the beginning G-d created the heaven and the earth. So begins the Torah. The story of creation offers many important considerations, including its relevance to us at this moment. It suggests that G-d’s creation was flawless and without mistakes. Over the centuries, however, many of our greatest scholars have returned to this single word. While the traditional translation of … [Read more...] about Bring the Call to Action #C2A to the Conventions