What is Jewish innovation? Do we really need it? Isn’t Judaism really about Tradition, like the song from Fiddler on the Roof?” Innovation is actually a basic tenet of Jewish thought, especially in the area of Jewish education. Jews around the world read thrice daily the command to be innovative in how they relate to and understand the Torah they are learning, as hinted in the third verse of the “Sh’ma Israel” prayer (Deuteronomy 6) “And these … [Read more...] about Innovation and Tradition – A Perfect Match?
by John Ruskay Seth Cohen, Yoni Gordis, and others are raising important questions about innovation. I’m interested in exploring where innovation and sustainability meet on the Jewish communal landscape. Most would agree: innovations can only have lasting impact if they are sustained. Why launch a project and see it succeed, only to abandon it for the next new thing? Yet, sustaining - providing the funds necessary to strengthen new and … [Read more...] about Innovation: One Size Does Not Fit All
an opinion piece from the Jewish Daily Forward: Jewish Organizations Should Spare the Change Innovation, we are often told, is the great savior. It will remake Detroit, cleanse the atmosphere and educate every child. Years of steady drops in the membership rolls and donor bases of many American Jewish institutions, from national advocacy organizations to community federations, have led many to conclude that innovation is also the key to … [Read more...] about The Next Great Jewish Idea
by Rabbi Yonatan Gordis: In his eloquent reflection on five key questions about innovation in the Jewish communal world, Seth Cohen offers us guidance for both discussion and action in the field. The following thoughts may move both areas forward. 1. What? First, we need to ask the tricky question of whether we are investing in true innovation that can have a sustainable impact on Jewish life, or are we investing in very niche areas of … [Read more...] about Five Answers to Seth Cohen’s “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”
“Knock knock!” “Who’s there?” “Interrupting cow.” “Interrupting Cow wh…” “MOO!” I always get a kick out of that one. My sister’s preferred variation is “interrupting starfish,” which ends with an open palm smooshed into one’s face. In his June 29th post “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Key Questions on Jewish Innovation, Interruption, and Sustainability,” Seth Cohen raises the question: “how do we ensure that…Jewish innovation isn’t … [Read more...] about A Case for Interruption