By Kathryn Fleisher Empowerment. Networking opportunities. Leadership development. These were the skills and experiences I anticipated I would gain while serving as president of NFTY. The reality exceeded my expectations, giving me so much more than I had anticipated. I have spent the past 18 months visioning for the future of a movement. I’ve attended conferences, built professional relationships, trained emerging leaders, and traveled … [Read more...] about Discovering the Jew I’m Meant to Be: A Letter from NFTY’s Immediate Past President
Union for Reform Judaism / URJ
By April Baskin At the 2013 URJ Biennial, Rabbi Rick Jacobs gave an historic speech that called upon the Reform Jewish community to reach out, embrace, and integrate into Jewish life the full spectrum of pluralistic Jews, particularly those who are chronically excluded. He encapsulated this idea in the phrase “audacious hospitality,” and within two years hired me, a thirtysomething Jewish woman of color who picked up and moved to New York City … [Read more...] about Audacious Hospitality: How We’re Building a Stronger, More Vibrant Jewish Community
By Rabbi Reuven Greenvald When the Israeli cabinet voted to pull back the government’s pledge to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, more than 10,000 campers and 2,000 staff and faculty were at 16 URJ camps across North America. As with other summer camps, the people who come to Reform Jewish camps experience something close to radio silence when it comes to news of the world. Mostly through policy, though sometimes because of poor … [Read more...] about How Summer Camp Helps Create Communally Engaged Jews
By Julia Tecotsky “How was Eisner?” Despite this question’s well-intentioned and seemingly straightforward nature, it has been one of the most frustrating and challenging for me to answer. Ever since the beginning of my Eisner experience in 2007, I have struggled to accurately respond to this question, each year’s answer more dissatisfying and seemingly inaccurate than the next. What I have recently come to recognize is that I will never be … [Read more...] about Hineini: the Continuing Power of Eisner Camp
By Susie Wexler, Nancy Manewith, Leanne Nathan, and Cherene Radis In a large metro area that offers families with young children many early childhood educational options, is collaboration among preschool directors possible? Can the leaders of these early childhood organizations view each other as collaborators and not as threats? As participants in the Chicago Early Engagement Leadership Initiative (CEELI), we’re proof the answer is … [Read more...] about Can Competitors Become Collaborators? These Chicago Educators are Proof They Can!