By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. I recently had the opportunity to participate in my first “Limmud England” (this year’s theme: “Made by You,” December 24-28th, Birmingham). Thousands of participants, including many regulars and countless first-timers, were treated to a Jewish learning feast that represents a unique and transformative experience within the Jewish world. Established in 1980, the Limmud organization has seen its brand expand and … [Read more...] about Becoming a Limmudnik! Jewish Learning as Global and Personal
Archives for December 2017
Blaming 'broken promises' from unmotivated politicians, nonprofit dramatically scales back its global conferences By Julie Masis Posted with permission from The Times of Israel Limmud FSU, the nonprofit that organizes conferences for Russian-speaking Jews around the world, is scaling back its activities due to lack of financing. The Limmud FSU gathering in New York, which attracted more than 1,000 participants this year, will be … [Read more...] about Limmud FSU Slams Israeli Government for Neglecting Russian-speaking Jews
The Women’s Amutot Initiative of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation has awarded over $300,000 in grants to 23 organizations in Israel that promote social change for women and girls. Now in its sixteenth year of funding, the Women’s Amutot Initiative supports various organizations in the areas of leadership development, economic empowerment, social empowerment, and protecting women against violence. Grant selections were made by 25 committee … [Read more...] about Miami Women’s Amutot Initiative announces New Grants
By Noah Lee “How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!” Brotherhood and sisterhood is a really special gift. There’s something beautiful about sharing your upbringing with another person or people, growing and developing alongside them, and perhaps knowing them better than anyone else in the word. While I certainly am blessed to have the siblings that I do, my first experience at USY … [Read more...] about How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!
By Sara Liss [COJECO Keystone Fellowship Cohort II graduation speech, Wednesday, December 13, 2017] I once met a Neo-Nazi on the line for a bathroom in a dive bar in the East Village. I realize this sounds like the opening to a borsht-belt comedy set, but sadly there’s no punchline here. Instead, what happened was that I was waiting for the restroom, turned to the person in front of me, and asked, “excuse me, is it the same line for both … [Read more...] about Should I be a Jew today?