By Robert H. Isaacs Whose business model does your congregation wish to follow: Blockbuster’s or Netflix’s? Blockbuster Video, of course, owned the movie and DVD rental market. With their scale and large selection, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Blockbuster put most mom and pop corner video stores out of business. Chances were, if you were renting a movie, you were going to Blockbuster. The problem is, Blockbuster never changed, and … [Read more...] about Netflix, Blockbuster, and Disruptive Change in Synagogues
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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) has named Eric Leiderman, Co-Founder and Director of Institutional Advancement of Masorti on Campus, as winner of its 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award. Masorti on Campus was founded in 2013 as a grassroots student organization for Traditional-Egalitarian, Masorti and Conservative Judaism on North American college and university campuses. Prior to its founding, many campuses only … [Read more...] about USCJ Announces Winner of 2015 Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award
By Ed Frim Progress is not about grand statements, dramatic new programs, or colorful speakers. While such experiences may provide temporary inspiration, and occasionally lead to sustained efforts, most become just memories. Good PR is a great beginning, but unless it is paired with a structure for moving ahead, we cannot change the culture of an organization or community. For the past year I have served as the Ruderman Inclusion Specialist … [Read more...] about What We Really Need is to Take Inclusion for Granted
Tomorrow, the world’s largest gathering of Conservative Jewish thinkers and doers will converge upon the Chicagoland-area to influence the future of Conservative Judaism at The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s (USCJ) convention, Shape the Center. Not just a conference, but a launching pad for positive change, Shape the Center is an opportunity to engage, inspire and transform Conservative Judaism and kehillot (sacred communities) … [Read more...] about USCJ’s 2015 Convention To Serve as Incubator for Change in Conservative Jewish Community
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin 1. What Job is a Milkshake Hired To Do? Clayton Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, was given the following consulting assignment by a fast-food chain: help us sell more milkshakes. This fast food chain tried every kind of focus group to increase milkshake sales, asking consumers to evaluate whether or not the milkshakes should be sweeter, chunkier, thicker, and … [Read more...] about What Job Is The Synagogue Hired To Do?