By Avi Rubel and Mike Wise Recently, a potential funder told us that their foundation wasn’t in the “interfaith space” so probably wasn’t a good fit for Honeymoon Israel. For what seemed like the thousandth time, we explained that Honeymoon Israel never was meant to be nor is it in practice an “interfaith” program. In less than three years, Honeymoon Israel has succeeded at bringing more than 1,200 couples to Israel and has more than 1,000 … [Read more...] about Honeymoon Israel is not an “Interfaith Couples” Trip to Israel
By Julie Levinson It used to be that families with children enrolled in Jewish day school were a pretty homogenous crowd; two Jewish parents raising Jewish children. At Epstein Hillel there are still plenty of families who fit that bill, but so too are there more than a few who do not. Of all the families currently enrolled, thirty percent are interfaith. Their experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. Aimee and David are one such … [Read more...] about Interfaith Families Thrive at Jewish Day School
By Rachel Shaul With the second-largest number of start-ups in the world after Silicon Valley, there is no doubt that Israel is well deserving of the moniker start-up nation. But our work can't stop there. With so many different groups making up the country's population, we need to make entrepreneurship accessible to all Israeli communities in order to improve the communities themselves and society on the whole. Leveraging the country’s … [Read more...] about Using the Power of Entrepreneurship for Social Change
By Phyllis Greenberg Heideman
The 2018 March of the Living marks thirty years since the first 1,500 participants gathered in Poland and marched along the path of memory that marchers have taken each year since.
As we again gather in Poland to march together from Auschwitz to Birkenau, we are more than merely walking along the 3.2-kilometer path that connects these two historical sites of our Jewish past. We are marching from our past into … [Read more...] about Holocaust Memory:
The Next Thirty Years
By Elka Fradel (pseudonym) I will never forget the first time I walked into Hometown Safe Place, a local domestic abuse support center, only a block from my faculty office. Immediately, I feel like a fraud. I am a highly educated Jewish woman from an affluent family. I have a wonderful job at a liberal arts college where I not only teach on the faculty, but also work directly with the office of the college President. I am the former CEO of a … [Read more...] about “Gam B’beytim Tovim: Ending the Silence of Domestic Abuse in Affluent Jewish Homes”