Exploring Some Historic Political Lessons By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. Key political insights can be extracted from the celebration of Purim. Last year, this writer offered some generic political and social commentary on the festival of Esther. In many ways this holiday introduces a broader question, can one fully embrace Judaism while residing in a foreign culture? In a provocative new book, Israeli entrepreneur Michael Eisenberg offers a … [Read more...] about Purim in the Age of Trump
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By Dr. Joshua Shanes and Dr. Dean P. Bell Part of a series of articles about lifelong Jewish learning In 2015, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership partnered with the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago to conduct a market study and needs assessment of adult Jewish learning in the Chicago area. The object was to include a mapping of the adult Jewish learning market across venues - synagogues, JCC, higher education, … [Read more...] about Adult Jewish Learning Initiative: Community Market Analysis and Needs Assessment
Best Practices and Common Pitfalls When Development Professionals, Executive Directors, and Lay Leaders Work Together By Kathy Cohen, Ph.D. and Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD Two nonprofit organizations set out to achieve the same goal: raise 15 million dollars for a new and exciting capital campaign to fund innovative programing that fully supports the organizations’ missions. Organization A enjoyed a culture of strong governance, formal … [Read more...] about Partnership, Prosperity, and Peril
By Wayne Green Rabbi Hillel said: “If I am not for me, who will be for me? And when I am for myself alone, what am I?” Pirkei Avot 1:14. This text asks us to consider when to stand and act for ourselves and when to act for others. Is it being selfish if I only take care and act for myself? And who am I when I do this? But let’s be creative. What happens when we reverse this text and ask first, “And when I am for myself alone, what am I?” … [Read more...] about Where does Authenticity fit within our Giving Experience?
(JNS) The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared in 2017, according to the annual report by the Anti-Defamation League. There were 1986 acts classified as anti-Semitic in 2017, up 57 percent from 2016 at 1,267 and more than double the 2,015 total of 941. That makes 2017 the second-most anti-Semitic year since the ADL began tracking the incidents almost 40 years ago, and the highest-ever single-year spike. “It had been … [Read more...] about Annual ADL report: Anti-Semitism surged in 2017