“The myth that federations represent 'the' Jewish community is as mythic as the notion that such a community exists in the first place.” Jay Michaelson As the self-selected leaders of the Jewish federation world gather together in Washington DC for 3 days of sel … [Read more...] about Is JFNA Helping Federations Succeed in their Own Communities?
Archives for November 2015
By Asher Weill The city of Lviv in Western Ukraine welcomed this weekend an influx of over 750 (mostly) young participants to a Limmud FSU conference. The opening was addressed by the Mayor of Lviv Andrei Sudovey who welcomed the Jewish participants to what was historically a … [Read more...] about Learning in Liviv
By Robert H. Isaacs Is anybody home right now? November is the season of major gatherings in the Jewish world. But this year, there is a confluence of conventions and meetings unlike at any time I can recall. Today, the URJ Biennial, with its estimated 5,000 attendees, … [Read more...] about Is Anybody Home?
By Joshua Ratner A month after its publication, the “Statement on Jewish Vitality,” signed by a number of leading Jewish communal figures, has stirred robust and vociferous condemnation. Some, like my colleague and neighbor Rabbi Rona Shapiro, have argued that the Sta … [Read more...] about Is The Jewish Community In America Actually In Crisis?
By Liam Hoare eJewish Philantrhopy “From Those - You Saved” was a simple enough idea: a monument and memorial to Poland’s Righteous Among the Nations on the grounds of Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN). Originally to be built by autumn 2015, it has faced op … [Read more...] about How Plans To Build a Monument to Righteous Gentiles in Warsaw Fell Apart