[This essay by Jack Wertheimer will be followed by a series of pieces from leaders in the field of Jewish philanthropy, who will offer reactions and analyses to Wertheimer's report, Giving Jewish: How Big Funders Have Transformed American Jewish Philanthropy, commissioned and released earlier this year by The AVI CHAI Foundation.] By Jack Wertheimer The Jewish philanthropic sphere, much like the wider world of American giving, is undergoing … [Read more...] about Philanthropic Accountability is a Two-Way Street
By Alana Hollander In a world where bipartisan cooperation seems as common as traif with wings, perhaps our governance would be wise to observe the conversations teen philanthropists are having with one another. In doing so, politicians may just figure out how to reintroduce civil discourse back into our country. Earlier this year, the political discord was so extreme that the United States government shutdown for the first time in 5 years. … [Read more...] about Bridging the Great Divide: What Politicians could Learn from Teen Philanthropists.
By Reuven Margrett Just over a year ago with the release of the William Davidson Foundation & Jim Joseph Foundation SmartMoney technology report, there was renewed interest within the Jewish community about how technology could enhance student learning. Further ideas were voiced through eJewish Philanthropy's Continuing Conversations On Leveraging Educational Technology. This article aims to enhance the conversation by suggesting a shared … [Read more...] about It’s Time for Tech Talk 2.0
By Rabbi Lee Buckman An important shift is taking place in the Israeli Government’s priorities. While national security will always be a concern, Israel is now trying to tackle an equally complex challenge: ensuring the vitality of Jewish communities in the Diaspora. As Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Minister of Education Naftali Bennett told a group of 160 leading Diaspora Jewish day school leaders representing over 30 countries at the … [Read more...] about Israel’s Shifting Focus
By Jordan Goodman Shalom Dr. Rob, You wrote: "First, we need to know what success is. For as long as I’ve been involved in Jewish education the debate has raged about what constitutes success. Is it assimilation prevention, Jewish literacy and ritual competence, Jewish identity formation, informed Jewish choice, lifelong engagement in Jewish learning, or adopting Judaism as a pathway to thriving in one’s own life and striving for creative … [Read more...] about A Response to Dr. Rob Weinberg