“After a certain number of years our faces become our biographies. We get to be responsible for our faces.” Cynthia Ozick, American author In the midst of running back and forth among business meetings in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem earlier this week, I was happy to have the rare t … [Read more...] about Dispatches from Jerusalem: The Jewish Agency and the Future Face of Olim
In recent days, as I have shared with my communally-engaged friends that I would be in Jerusalem for this week’s Jewish Agency meetings, the response has been consistent and all too predictable. First the person expresses jealousy that I get to spend some time in Israel (even in t … [Read more...] about Dispatches from Jerusalem: The Jewish Agency and the Myth of Collective Bargaining
Rarely a day passes without hearing from one of my friends in the Jewish world about a new project in which they have become engaged or an organization for which they are fundraising. The conversation that ensues is often one about shared interests and common concerns. Sometimes … [Read more...] about Will We Let This School Fail?
The fruit of three thousand years of civilization and a hundred generations of suffering may not be sacrificed by us. It will be sacrificed if dissipated. Assimilation is national suicide. And assimilation can be prevented only by preserving national characteristics and life as … [Read more...] about August (1929) and Everything After: The Jewish Agency at the Crossroads of History
"He whose wisdom exceeds his works, to what may he be compared? To a tree whose branches are many, but whose roots are few; and the wind comes and plucks it up and overturns it upon its face. Rabbi Elazar ben Azarish (Perkei Avot ) “Nothing is secure but life, transition, the e … [Read more...] about WiseGen and the Great Transition