by Smadar Bar-Akiva Aimed at revitalizing the established Jewish community, the wide array of innovative projects initiated by young Jews has recently gone center stage. Yet, very often the question is asked how many new initiatives can the Jewish community sustain over time? One cannot but admire start-up projects that range from tours for individuals with special needs to educational computer games, from educating for peace to Jewish … [Read more...] about Can Innovation and Sustainability Go Hand in Hand?
UJA-Federation of New York will award $1 million in scholarships to more than 400 Jewish students at the 19th Annual Scholarship Presentation this Thursday, August 23rd. Scholarship amounts are need-based and provided for by the Rose Biller Endowment Fund. The program, administered by the Hebrew Free Loan Society, is the largest Jewish scholarship program in the country. … [Read more...] about UJAFed NY Awards Student Scholarships
from The Jewish Week: Leading Demographer Questioning N.Y. Population Survey In the first public criticism of the newly released “Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011,” a leading demographer is raising questions about the report’s methodology and data, as well as the validity of its findings. Len Saxe, director of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, says that … [Read more...] about Demographers Differ on New York Survey Numbers
by Lyn Light Geller Thanks to David Edell for jumpstarting the conversation about what is possible regarding executive education for our field. I agree that the time for action is now. I am happy to respond to David’s invitation to use this forum to discuss our experiences. Here in New York, UJA-Federation’s Wiener Educational Center has been involved in executive education and professional development for many years. Now I know that many … [Read more...] about Executive Education: The Time for Action is Now
by Mordechai Tokarsky When it comes to Jewish population studies, we are conditioned to expect reports of doom and gloom. Assimilation and intermarriage among non-orthodox Jews have been unstoppable facts of life in the American melting pot. The Russian American Jewish community seems like an unlikely place to look for a bright spot for ensuring Jewish continuity; but as I was trying to make sense of the latest UJA-Federation of NY communal … [Read more...] about Russian American Jews: A Bright Spot for Jewish Peoplehood