Hybrid Jewish Identities Take Center Stage at Seattle TED-style Event

By Hannah S Pressman At a January TED Talks-style event in Seattle, four young scholars advocated a more inclusive vision of Jewish community and Jewish Studies. In a short talk that most embodied the evening’s theme of hybridity, Hamza Zafer, a Pakistan-born assistant professor of Near East Studies, described his surprise when a 23andMe genetic test revealed a Jewish ancestor. Zafer and the evening’s other speakers all suggested that the boundaries of Jewish identity are much more porous than they used to be - and that that’s a good thing. In the wake of the Pew Center’s controversial “Portrait of Jewish Americans,” this event showed that the community’s toughest questions about how to define Jewishness are beginning to impact scholarship, too. Daniel Bessner, for example, a specialist in … [Read more...]

What’s Trending? Jewish Teens! Video Contest

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Leading up to BBYO International Convention (IC) 2015, Jewish teens around the world are invited to share their innovative ideas for how to engage more Jewish teens in Jewish life by submitting a video application. Teens whose videos receive the most votes will be able to present their big idea to 150 of the Jewish community’s top philanthropists at the 24-hour Summit on Jewish Teens immediately preceding IC. This friendly competition will be to win seed funding up to $5,000 and mentoring to implement their idea. Complete video contest instructions can be found here. When: Now through December 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST Where: Online at bbyo.org/trending Participants: Open to all Jewish teens, everywhere - no specific affiliation required! Sponsoring Foundations: The Jim Joseph … [Read more...]

Call for Speakers: Judaism and Philanthropy

ELI Talks, in partnership with Jewish Funders Network and Jewish Teen Funders Network, is seeking inspired Jewish ideas for the next production of talks, scheduled to be filmed in New York at the end of October. ELI will be accepting submissions and nominations for the six available slots throughout the month of August. “We are looking for great new ideas and approaches to E, L and I - Engagement, Literacy and Identity - on the subjects of Jewish philanthropy, or Judaism and philanthropy,” says ELI talks program director Miriam Brosseau. “It’s really an amazing opportunity for newcomers to the field to test out their ideas on a powerful community platform, and for seasoned voices to present a new angle on important work.” For this round of talks, ELI is especially excited to feature a teen … [Read more...]

JDOV Talks and The Forward Form Media Partnership

JDOV, the recorded talks initiative inspired by TED talks, has announced an exclusive media partnership with The Jewish Daily Forward. Launched at the UK's Limmud Conference in 2011, JDOV (Jewish Dreams Observations Visions) takes its inspiration from TED Talks, inviting interesting and creative thinkers to give “the Jewish talk of their life” in 10-12 minutes. In the three years since it was launched, JDOV has filmed over 70 talks on four continents and developed relationships with a number of prominent production partners, including the Wexner Foundation, Hebrew University, Limmud, Jewish Book Week and JW3. JDOV’s films are made available to all in a free online library, featuring international figures from fields as diverse as the arts, politics, academia and journalism; as well as leading … [Read more...]

Investing in Video: The Nonprofit Video Benchmark Report


by Miriam Brosseau Social media marketing experts like Mari Smith are calling 2013 “the year of video,” and with good reason. The social web is increasingly image-driven, and video accounts for some of the most engaging and emotionally compelling content available. More than half of all Internet content is video. YouTube accounts for 4 billion hours of videos viewed every month. In this “new world order,” attention is the currency, and content, especially video, remains king. But to what extent are nonprofits taking advantage of video? … [Read more...]

Giving Prospective Parents a Taste of the Jewish Day School Community

Parents Choose Other Parents: Giving Prospective Parents a Taste of the Jewish Day School Community by Irene Lehrer Sandalow and Miriam Brosseau When I pick a coffee shop to spend several hours getting in some uninterrupted work time, I look not only for great coffee but great people; a barista who remembers my name or favorite order, or a friendly smile from a fellow cappuccino-drinker, tapping madly away at her laptop. If we look at those that will be our peers at a coffee shop - a short-term commitment - how much more so for parents choosing a Jewish day school! Often the first step for parents in researching a school is checking out the school’s website. They will likely find: Pictures of the smiley, happy children - check Bios of the staff - check A general video about the … [Read more...]

Is Your Organization Ready for Video?

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by Jeff Rubin On January 31, our organization will host an event featuring leaders of U.S. industry, the military and medical research who will discuss the benefits of Israeli innovations to the United States in the areas of hard and soft security. No matter the turnout, chances are more people will watch this event on video than will attend the program in person. Today, online video provides an easy and affordable way to expand your organization’s audience at a time when many of the world’s most powerful people can scarcely afford time away from the office or home - and when the person you may most wish to engage may be thousands of miles away. Live broadcast of events expands the direct participation of your audience and heightens the immediate impact of the program. Making the video … [Read more...]