By Stephen G. Donshik Dr. Jonathan Mirvis has just released a very exciting book, It’s Our Challenge: A Social Entrepreneurship Approach to Jewish Education. Its most surprising aspect is that it has implications not just for Jewish education providers but also for all Jewish organizations and their professional and volunteer leadership around the globe. Dr. Mirvis, who is a senior lecturer at The Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish … [Read more...] about “It’s Our Challenge” Is Not Just for Jewish Education: A Review
By Stephen G. Donshik In December 2015, I had the opportunity to participate in the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Winter Executive Learning Seminar, titled “The Golden Age of Tzfat.” The five-day seminar was divided between three and a half days of class presentations and discussions with a variety of noted scholars and teachers, and a day and a half spent traveling, touring, and learning on site in Tzfat. The participants represented a … [Read more...] about Luxurious Learning: Why Wait?
The U’Netaneh Tokef prayer is said on Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur. It dates back about a thousand years old and was reputed to be written by Rabbi Amnon of Mainz, Germany. It is one of the most moving and inspirational prayers we say on the Holy Days of the Jewish New Year. U’Netaneh Tokef, which means, We shall ascribe holiness to this day, is the first line of the prayer that speaks to our lives being in God’s hands and how on these holiest … [Read more...] about U’Netaneh Tokef for Nonprofits
By Stephen G. Donshik The latest Israel-Diaspora religious crisis was caused by the Religious Services Minister of Israel, David Azoulay from the Shas Party, when he said during a recent radio interview that he could not refer to Reform Jews as Jews. As in the past, when these kinds of statements were made by Israeli leaders, this comment sparked a flood of phone calls and emails to Jewish leaders in communities in North America and other … [Read more...] about Direct Discussion: The Only Way to Enhance the Relationship between Members of Knesset and the Global Jewish Community
Many nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers for a variety of functions, and the tasks they perform are not only meaningful to the volunteers themselves but also make a valuable contribution to the organization. In some cases volunteers save their nonprofits hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, each year. It is essential that nonprofits express their appreciation in appropriate ways for the services provided by … [Read more...] about Appreciating Volunteers: A Skill Some Nonprofits Have Not Developed