[This is the fifth in a series of articles highlighting the scope of best practices in experiential Jewish education.] by Benji Berlow Many developmental psychologists have tracked different, but surprisingly similar stages of human development. While each of these developmental models focuses on a different life question (needs, values, self-identity), Fred Kofman suggests in his book Conscious Business that they all show a journey from … [Read more...] about The Journey of the Four Children
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by Susan Rifkin Ask today’s Jewish youth “What is Israel?” and you would probably get a response that includes Hebrew, hummus, culture and conflict. Israel Night at the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s recent Leaders Assembly included many of these elements, with a record number of attendees feasting on Israeli delicacies, singing and dancing to Israeli music. … [Read more...] about Does Israel Education Matter at Camp?
For many Jews, giving is a part of who they are. After all, tzedakah literally means “justice,” even though it’s often translated as charity. It’s a way to create a world where fairness is the rule rather than the exception. Since giving is a central tenet of Judaism, tzedakah is also a way to manifest the values Jews hold most deep. But it is one matter to give. It is another to give wisely and with measurable impact. Achieving the latter … [Read more...] about Giving Wisely and With Impact: Part 4
by Nanette Fridman Please indulge the lawyer in me while we talk a little corporate law. Over the last few years, some states have begun to offer what is called the Benefit Corporation or B-Corp. Originating in Maryland in 2010, the idea is that some companies are becoming a hybrid of for profit entities that offer some tangible public benefit. B-Corps define success as doing well and doing good. While relatively immature in terms of case … [Read more...] about Your Jewish Organization Needs to Think Like a B-Org
by David Steiner As a kid at Habonim Camp Tavor, we used to sit in the dining hall after meals and play a game with our cups. As we would pass them from camper to camper, we would sing in Hebrew, “These objects pass quickly from hand to hand, and whoever gets it wrong is out of the game.” I only recently realized, despite my Hebrew fluency, the profundity of these words. The objects pass, in Hebrew - ovrim - from the same root (ayin, bet, … [Read more...] about Of Language and Peoplehood