Anger sparked by Israel’s decision to fund mainly Orthodox organizations in new project to 'strengthening Jewish identity and the connection with Israel' among university students around world. By Or Kashti Haaretz.com Leaders of the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements in North America are up in arms at Israel’s decision to task mainly Orthodox organizations with “strengthening Jewish identity and the connection with Israel” among … [Read more...] about Jewish Identity Plan Raises Ire of non-Orthodox Jews in U.S.
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By Rabbi David Levy Pokémon Go is the latest craze. For the past week, millions of adults and kids have turned the world into a living video game, seeking to find, capture and train virtual monsters called Pokémon. This new twist on the popular 90s video game is played by moving and interacting in the real world, while engaging in the game using one’s mobile device. It’s transformed augmented reality, wherein computer-generated elements are … [Read more...] about Jewish Teens Go!
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin I love going to the gym. Each day, I take an hour to get my heart pumping and my body sweaty to ensure that I approach my work with energy, focus, and zeal. And when I go to the gym, one of the things I am thankful for is that I always have a machine to use, primarily because the majority of the members at my gym never show up! This is not an isolated phenomenon. The marketing research firm Statistic Brain found that … [Read more...] about Will Your Synagogue Be a Club or a Cause?
By Barry S. Mael In January 2012, an article was written in eJewishPhilanthropy about Temple Israel of Sharon, Massachusetts and its leadership’s journey towards a dues model change. Since that time many reports, articles, studies and books have appeared on the topic, exploring how to raise the revenues necessary to fulfill Conservative congregations’ missions. Over the last four years, we have spoken with leaders of hundreds of USCJ … [Read more...] about Dues Model Change Only a Piece of Financial Sustainability Puzzle
Even well-intentioned plans by well-meaning professionals and lay leaders will be doomed to fail if the process does not affirm the needs and priorities of those off the grid. By Rabbi Joshua Rabin and Emily Winograd Last year, a provocative editorial appeared in The Washington Post entitled, Want Millennials Back in the Pews? Stop Trying to Make Church 'Cool.' Rachel Held Evans argues that many churches incorrectly assume that … [Read more...] about What Do You Do With An Idea? Customer Empathy in an Age of Anxiety