The Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2009 conference and festival began with a burst of excitement and energy yesterday, as 750 Russian-Israeli young adults and others gathered in the heart of the Jewish capital for three days of educational sessions, dialogue, entertainment and social events aimed at building a stronger Jewish community. “It is a special and wonderful gathering every time we bring this community together,” Matthew Bronfman, chairman of … [Read more...] about Russian-Israelis Inaugurate Historic Limmud in Jerusalem
from The Forward: Sharansky Inherits a House Divided One of the stranger and nastier episodes of modern Israel-Diaspora mud wrestling was laid to rest in late June in Jerusalem when Natan Sharansky, the onetime Soviet political prisoner and human rights icon, was elected chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The episode was unusual because it broke new ground in the growth field of Israel-Diaspora mutual incomprehension. It was nasty … [Read more...] about NewsBits: Stories That Will Not Go Away
Innovation is the hot topic in the Jewish world these days and so there is no better time to point you to two articles from the current issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service. On the Value and Values of Social Entrepreneurship by Yoni Gordis Philanthropists play a key role in encouraging and supporting new developments that keep the Jewish community vibrant and relevant. Where they choose to focus their resources can make the … [Read more...] about Is Innovation a Driver in Jewish Engagement?
Schusterman Family Foundation president and communal leader Sandy Cardin spoke last week at Jerusalem's PresenTense Institute on his view on where philanthropy is and is going. Here's Sandy live - including his 2009 adaption of The Wizard of Oz for the philanthropic world. … [Read more...] about Sandy Cardin on The Future of Philanthropy
Tomorrow, 700 Russian-speaking Jews from around Israel will gather at Jerusalem's Beit Avi Chai for three days of education, engagement and community building. Using the occasion of Shalom Aleichem's 150th birthday to celebrate and explore their Jewish connections, they will be joined by representatives of government, business, the arts, media, philanthropy and the entertainment world. Dynamic events, seminars, lectures, workshops and … [Read more...] about Limmud FSU Celebrates in Jerusalem