Jewish Peoplehood: From Concept-Building to People-Building

[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 11 - Jewish Peoplehood in Practice - published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education.] The Case of the Peoplehood Education Toolkit by Clare Goldwater and Shlomi Ravid Historians of Jewish communal history may well describe the last two decades as the period of the rude awakening to the crisis of Jewish Peoplehood. The long-term impacts of the forces of modernity and sociology on one hand, and lack of response on the other, have combined to shake the foundations of Jewish collective identity. Jews of different backgrounds and commitments have less and less to do with each other, the sense of a joint fate and common destiny is fading away rapidly and the feeling of a joint responsibility for fellow Jews and for the Jewish enterprise is … [Read more...]

Peoplehood Education Toolkit Released

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The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, in cooperation with UJA Federation-New York, has released a Peoplehood Education Toolkit. This is a comprehensive resource for Jewish educators and communal leaders interested in questions of Jewish collective belonging, global community and mutual responsibility. There are tools for dealing with WHY to teach about Jewish Peoplehood, HOW to do it well and WHAT to do. … [Read more...]

News Bits: UJAFed NY and JNF-USA

Around the Jewish philanthropic world last week: UJA-Federation of New York raised a record-breaking $46 million, an increase of $1 million from last year, at its 2014 Annual Campaign kickoff event. Jewish National Fund's (JNF-USA) annual 2013 campaign topped $121 million, their largest campaign ever. In addition, JNF is the recipient of a gift of more than $60 million from the estate of John Boruchin, "perhaps the most significant gift in the 112-year history of the organization." … [Read more...]

JTS Center for Pastoral Education Receives Matching Grant Challenge from Revson Foundation

The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has received a $1 million grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation to renew the foundation’s commitment to the growth of the Pastoral Education program that it helped found. The program equips seminary students, clergy, lay leaders and professionals of any religion or Jewish movement to serve the spiritual needs of those in crisis within their own faith traditions and in broader society, and is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Participants directly serve their communities through active involvement in social service agencies, hospices, and congregations. With a growing demand from clergy and congregational volunteers who want to deepen their preparation as pastoral caregivers, but lack … [Read more...]

Apply Now for the Shapiro Family Fellowship

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The Shapiro Family Fellowship is now seeking its seventh class of fellows for a yearlong, highly selective experience designed to cultivate future leaders of the New York area Jewish community. The fellowship includes: Yearlong programming that provides meaningful personal and professional development, and deepened knowledge of Israel, the New York Jewish community, and UJA-Federation of New York. A 10-day trip to Israel where fellows will explore internal social, economic, and political topics and issues of Jewish identity; connect with Israeli peers; and meet with Israeli professionals from parallel work fields. Candidates for the fellowship must be between 22 and 28-years-old, live in the greater New York metropolitan area, and must have traveled to Israel at least once prior to … [Read more...]

Where Do Jewish Federations Draw the ‘Red Line’ on Opinions About Israel?

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by Jacob Kamaras JNS.org The “red line” associated with Iran’s nuclear program or Syria’s use of chemical weapons has sparked an ongoing international debate, in which both Israeli and Diaspora Jews have made their voices heard. But a debate that hits closer to home for American Jews is about where Jewish federations in their communities draw the line on funding programs associated with varying opinions about Israel. … [Read more...]