Recently Israel has made a demand of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and, in essence, as the state of the Jewish people. I must admit I find this demand by a Likud government to be somewhat amusing. You may wonder why. It is because the Knesset just elected a president of the State of Israel, Reuben Rivlin, who does not recognize Jews who do not uphold the Orthodox line of Judaism. He will not recognize Conservative and … [Read more...] about Does the [Incoming] President of the State of Israel Really Care About Jewish Unity?
by Temimah Zucker At the end of the academic calendar, students often look back on the growth, challenges, successes, and failures of the year. They also reflect on how quickly time flew, even though they thought they’d never make it through the school year. This past year I completed my first year of graduate school and yet, as June begins, this was not the process on which I have been reflecting. Rather, I have looked back on the … [Read more...] about The Power of Life Experiences: What I’ve Learned About Life and Success
We have been so process-driven as an organized Jewish community that we have not demanded more in terms of outcomes. by Dr. Misha Galperin and Dr. Aviva Zubida Zeltzer We very much appreciated Jon Levisohn’s recent reflections in eJewishPhilanthropy on rethinking Jewish identity. These came out of a conference on Jewish identity and education and the concern that he expressed about the way the Jewish community talks - or does not talk - … [Read more...] about Measuring Jewish Identity
by Mark S. Young What if every supervisor at all Jewish organizations always recognized each employee’s work anniversary? What if every year high-performing employees each received a 5%-7% raise or higher? What if we properly compensated and intentionally celebrated each person’s contributions every year and then, challenged each further to raise to a new level of productivity and strong results? If we abide by these sensible management … [Read more...] about Time for a Raise: The $54,000 Strategy One Year Later
We are in the month of June when university students are graduating from their baccalaureate and master degree programs. There was a time when the entrance degree to organizations in Jewish communal service was a social work degree and preferably an M.S.W. However, it has been years since that was the union card required to enter a Jewish communal organization. Over time educational institutions of higher learning granted degrees in Jewish … [Read more...] about Education for Practice in Jewish Communal Service