by Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum Nearly eight years ago, over a round of birthday drinks, I chatted with a group of friends. I had a vision for a new Jewish community that I wanted to create in Seattle, and the project needed a name. I described what I was imagining: a Jewish … [Read more...] about The Kavana of Giving
Archives for September 2013
by Judie Fien-Helfman On Sukkot, we reap what we have planted. We celebrate community. There is great potential in working together - whether cooperating, coordinating or collaborating. Working together across agencies presents tremendous opportunities to leverage individual … [Read more...] about Successful Collaboration Yields Bountiful Harvests
What better way to trumpet our commitment to youth engagement than to have teens lead the congregation through the final moments of the High Holy Days. by Paul Kipnes In the midst of inspiring and emotionally charged Yamim Noraim, an utterly unexpected yet totally welcome … [Read more...] about Successful Models of Teen Engagement: When Teens Take Over High Holy Day Services
by Shari Weinberger There have been a flurry of articles and blog-posts this summer about Hebrew schools and their efficacy. Meanwhile, enrollment in post-bnai mitzvah programs in synagogues and community schools has been steadily declining across the country. Professionals in … [Read more...] about What Is The Cost of Supplemental Hebrew High School?
While I spend my days trying to provide our students with meaningful experiences, I too have been incredibly nourished by our organization. by Bev Shimansky Over the past few months, I have bumped into a number of old friends and colleagues from the past. While catching … [Read more...] about How Hillel Nourishes the Professional Soul