By Andrés Spokoiny Golda Meir famously complained that Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to bring us to the only place in the Middle East that has no oil. Poor Golda had no way of knowing that 40 years later we would discover the natural gas reserves of Tamar and Leviathan off the coast of Israel, but that’s beside the point. She was correct in asserting that the Land of Israel is unique among all the Middle Eastern countries - … [Read more...] about Rivers, Rain, and Morality (Sukkot 5779)
The Hadassah Foundation (HF), which invests in social change to empower girls and women in Israel and the United States, has announced $515,000 in grants to 26 organizations in the United States and in Israel to empower women and girls. Since 2000, the HF has awarded approximately $8.3 million to nearly 100 nonprofit organizations. In addition to three first-time grantees - the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies and ANU in Israel, and the … [Read more...] about Hadassah Foundation Announces New Grants
By Miriam T. Chilton and Alex Pomson In Fall 2017, the URJ engaged Rosov Consulting to measure the lifelong impact of URJ youth programs. There have been many such alumni studies in the Jewish community in recent years focused on questions of Jewish continuity, identity building, and other traditional markers of success. In this study, we set out to ascertain if the URJ’s youth programs are achieving the goals of the URJ: to strengthen … [Read more...] about Creating an Engaged Future: Findings from the URJ Youth Alumni Impact Study
By Taylor Epstein It’s that time of year, when so many individuals and organizations are reflecting on what came before, renewing commitments, and realigning priorities. Over the past six months, the UpStart team has been doing just that by envisioning the future of one of our flagship programs, The UpStart Accelerator. We’ve examined what we accomplished in the past and looked closely at where we can up our game to best support groundbreaking … [Read more...] about Reflecting Back to Look Ahead: Relaunching UpStart’s Venture Accelerator
By David Edell
Ask any Board Chair if they know who will succeed them. (Ask any of those mentioned if they are sure they will accept.) Ask any nominating committee chair about the responses they get as they reach out to ask people to consider board membership. Ask any CEO who works to recruit major donors and influential community members to play leadership roles about the questions they are asked. In every community we visit and organization … [Read more...] about What about the Lay Leader Pipeline?
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