An old issue - how does Israel define itself - has now been resurrected and has come to the fore in the Knesset. Is Israel a Jewish state? Is it a democratic state? Is it a pluralistic state that represents the plurality of its citizens and, if so, should it make any … [Read more...] about Is the Choice Really One of Judaism or Democracy?
Archives for November 2014
Just in time for Thanksgiving, 15,000 youth from across North America came together for Can-Tribute, a BBYO-and-DoSomething.org-led hunger awareness and advocacy campaign. Together, they collected and donated 200,000 pounds of food to food banks in their communities. The winner … [Read more...] about 15,000 Youth “Can-Tribute” 200,000 Pounds of Food to Fight Hunger at Thanksgiving
Kevah - an organization empowering individuals and organizations to build Jewish learning communities - has received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, which focuses on creating effective and compelling Jewish learning experiences for youth and young … [Read more...] about Kevah Receives Major Grant to Fund Educators and Young Adult Learning Groups
By Jennie Starr Faced with Jewish flight from institutional affiliation and a modern interfaith marriage rate nearing 60 percent, we need new cultural entry-points to the Jewish community to inspire Jews to engage in Jewish life and educate the next generation. There are … [Read more...] about Modern Jewish Journeys & Cultural Programs that are Affordable, Convenient and Flexible
By Lisa Pleskow Kassow On an alternative break trip to Poland last March with a group from Trinity College Hillel, one student expressed disappointment that we did not eat traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dishes - cholent, brisket and kugel. His image of Jewish life in Poland, … [Read more...] about The Case for Birthright POLIN