By Suzie Patt Benvenisti As a native Houstonian who now lives halfway across the world in Jerusalem, and a self-proclaimed public policy enthusiast, I find myself peeking in occasionally on what's going on in my hometown - particularly with regard to social policy issues. I was especially excited to happen upon the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey conducted by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. Among the many topics … [Read more...] about What Israel can Teach Texas about Pre-K
By Jessica Minnen It takes money to create and sustain Jewish community, but the costs are not, as other commenters on Ari Witkin’s recent piece on free programming have noted, solely monetary. Particularly not for millennials, who consistently cite social and personal price tags alongside financial constraints as stumbling blocks en route to enduring Jewish practice. I can attest in my role as the Rabbi in Residence at OneTable that the … [Read more...] about True Price of Jewish Engagement
By Faustine Sigal It starts like a joke, or perhaps a text from the haggadah… A Russian, a Czech, an American, two British, an Uruguayan, an Argentinian and a French were sitting in the countryside, in the outskirts of Paris. The whole morning, they were discussing attributes of Jewish learning at Moishe House, until one of the colleagues said to them “my friends, we should write that and share it with the world!” A couple months ago, while … [Read more...] about Moishe House: (How) is our Jewish Learning Different from all the Other Jewish Learnings?
By Alicia S. Oberman At the most basic level, the vast majority of people’s actions are motivated by two things: hope and fear. When I wrote the article entitled “A Love Letter to the Business I Truly Love” back in October of 2017, I can say unequivocally that my mindset was motivated entirely by fear. We were in the middle of the application process for the inaugural cohort of the Board Member Institute of Jewish Nonprofits, a comprehensive … [Read more...] about Love Letter to the Business I Truly Love: Epilogue
I’ve worked in Jewish organizations, worldwide. I’d love to write that being passed over for promotion on the bogus pretext that a man was "more political" was a defining moment. It wasn’t. I internalized a hierarchy that took years for me to disassemble. By Clare Hedwat (Haaretz.com) It’s been a troubling fortnight for those already concerned about the place of women in Israel and the broader Jewish community. Last week, a … [Read more...] about The Jewish World’s #MeToo Crisis is Much Deeper than Ari Shavit and Steven Cohen