By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz One of the great tragedies of the modern world is the startling lack of innovation in the field of adopting and fostering children. Every passing year sees the introduction of more bureaucratic stringencies, international pettiness, and surges in cost that makes the process exhausting and exasperating. The world over, there are hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of children whose only wish is to be loved, … [Read more...] about Putting Foster Children on the Jewish Communal Agenda
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By Marci Mayer Eisen, MSW, ACC When I started in the Jewish community in the 1980s, the buzz words and key concepts that guided the work of “building community” included “soliciting feedback,” “nurturing identity,” and creating meaningful “group process.” Language creates our world and words influence our reality. So many people want to discover the next great concept, highlight a new framework, write up a clever top 10 list and, especially … [Read more...] about What’s the Buzz (Word)?
By Rebecca Youngerman
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Thank you for this insightful piece and for inviting conversation and collaboration on such an important topic. You ask pressing questions, the discussion around which will shape the effectiveness and direction of our community’s most valued organizations and their leadership.
Through my personal lens as a past Jewish communal … [Read more...] about The Layleader Pipeline:
The Discussion Continues
The Global Day of Jewish Learning has released a special Simchat Torah reading resource, “In the Beginning Of”: A Journey Through Text. Let Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz be your tour guide on your trip through the Torah with a taste from the new Steinsaltz Humash. The Global Day’s selection of suggested discussion questions pair with the Rabbi’s clear, insightful commentary. On November 11th, 500 communities will join this year’s Global … [Read more...] about Simchat Torah Resource – Begin the Journey Through Jewish Text
By Lisa Lisser Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are (2010) 19. We are living during a time of schism. People are broken and continue to be breaking. We are all … [Read more...] about The T’Shuvah Center comes to New York