In my 15 years experience in Jewish engagement, I’ve found that the overwhelming majority of intermarried households are mostly comfortable with their lives and decisions. If they are looking for anything Jewish at all, it’s for programs of meaning that might augment their life rather than overturn it. by Paul Golin Harold Berman has done a yeoman’s job promoting his book throughout the Jewish media, trying to explain why the liberal Jewish … [Read more...] about Lower Barriers or Increase Meaning? A False Dichotomy for Interfaith Outreach
Archives for July 2013
by Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin “Social media” is a phrase that nonprofit leaders - Jewish or not - have discussed in some detail, especially in recent months. From the alleged success of crowd-funding sites and online giving to the preponderance of ways that nonprofits are urged to connect with constituents via Facebook and Twitter, social media as a communication tool has changed the way many organizations frame their messages and … [Read more...] about Should My Synagogue or Jewish Nonprofit Go on Facebook?
by Rabbi Joshua Cahan If you are a Jewish educator looking to teach Talmud outside of the Orthodox world, you will probably end up teaching high school. Outside of seminaries, high school students spend more hours a week studying Jewish texts, and are more likely to study them in the original, than any other group in the US. This makes the Jewish high school an ideal setting for a rich conversation about what in-depth Jewish learning should … [Read more...] about Torah-Centered Judaism and the Rabbinics Classroom
by Sue Schwartzman It is hard to squelch your kid’s excitement as the final school bell announces the official beginning of summer. Kids grab their air-light backpacks, and fly out the doors excited to be free from homework and “required” activities. It is the annual ritual of shedding the stress and replacing it with excitement and anticipation of an upcoming summer filled with fresh adventure and unstructured time. Summer signals a much … [Read more...] about How Do You Raise Kids These Days To Be More Philanthropic?
The hallmark of the third sector and its agencies is a strong, viable, committed, and passionate base of volunteer leadership. by Stephen G. Donshik Last week I participated in a forum of professionals in nonprofit organizations in which we share common challenges and discuss ways we can better meet them. One of the members suggested that the CEO of a multiservice organization make a presentation about his agency so the group could offer … [Read more...] about How to Evaluate and Strengthen Your Board of Directors