Remembrance Day, Yom HaZikaron, which begins this evening, is a day of collective and personal anguish mingled with honor for the fallen. The official events begin at 8:00 PM with a moment of national silence heralded by a one minute siren followed by the lighting of a memorial candle at the Western Wall. This year we remember: A total of 23,544 men and women have been killed defending the land of Israel since 1860, the year the first Jewish … [Read more...] about The Silver Platter: A Poem for Yom HaZikaron
Archives for April 2017
By Sue Fishkoff What constitutes Jewish education, and what’s the best way to fund it? That’s been the central concern of the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation since its inception in 2006. In its 11 years, the foundation has given away more than $450 million to train Jewish educators and expand opportunities for Jewish learning among children and young adults, making it one of the leading forces in growing the field of Jewish … [Read more...] about Q&A: With New Grants, Jim Joseph Foundation broadens its idea of Jewish Education
By Alex Pomson In 2004, when our family made aliya from Toronto, I was interviewed by a radio journalist at the CBC, The Canadian Broadcasting Company. She wanted to know why we were giving up the comforts and quiet of Canada for a new life in a less stable part of the world. I answered, “So that our children [then 8 to 13] might write poetry in Hebrew.” What I meant, if expressed a little facetiously, was that we wanted to live life in a … [Read more...] about Sweating Hebrew: For What?
“When we elevate early-childhood educators’ knowledge about Israel, Israel has the power to become a real and dynamic society, rather than a once-a-year holiday.” By Sasha Kopp [Editorial note: Masters students at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management write theses or capstone projects involving original research about topics of interest to Jewish organizations. eJewish … [Read more...] about How Can We Make Israel More Than Just a Holiday?
Over the last decade, Jerusalem has undergone a renaissance. This powerful renewal has been driven mainly by young, social entrepreneurs who took it upon themselves to create the change they wanted to see in the city. Now, Jerusalem hosts a unique, diverse and vibrant community of civil activists working daily for the betterment of Israel’s capital. With the help of the Leichtag Foundation, this community is taking their important work to the … [Read more...] about The Jerusalem Model, a Platform of Creativity for the City’s Social Activists, Launched