Mem Bernstein, Chairman of The AVI CHAI Foundation, delivered the following key note address at the recent Day School Investor Summit, convened by Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, November 11-12 at the Ritz Carlton-Bal Harbour. More than 100 philanthropists dedicated to growing the day school field were in attendance. *** I surely hope that all of you know what an honor it is for me to be here with you today. Thank you Ann, Gail, the … [Read more...] about Mem Bernstein: “Passing the Baton”
By Richard Wexler
“But where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here”
We all have heard the haunting lyrics of Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful dirge. Sad to say, they are too appropriate in light of JFNA’s determination to effectively defenestrate its subsidiary, the United Israel Appeal, for no reason other than it exists. It’s also entirely possible that this decision, reflected in what can only be described as a “made … [Read more...] about Send in the Clowns:
A Commentary on JFNA-UIA
By Edmund Case Over the past two years, I have increasingly felt that the Jewish community, in addition of course to addressing pressing external issues, needs to also focus inwardly on engaging more interfaith families, something that is essential if liberal Judaism is to thrive in the future. Engaging interfaith families should be seen as an expression of the cardinal Jewish sensibility of ahavat ger, usually interpreted as “welcoming the … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About Ahavat Ger, Relating to the Other
By Jackie Subar We have all heard the expression “put your money where your mouth is.” It’s a valuable reminder to stand behind your convictions. But, when it comes to philanthropic giving, perhaps we should be saying, “put your hands where your money is.” While it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, its message is just as important, and resonates deeply with our Young Leadership team at The Jewish Federation of Greater … [Read more...] about Putting Our Hands Where Our Money Is
By Deborah Fishman Shelby I am writing from Mitzpe Ramon - the silence of the desert is calming on Shabbat. My husband Brian has never been to Israel before, and through him I see the country with fresh eyes. He remarked on the utter chutzpah it takes to look at this barren, brown, seemingly impenetrable landscape and think, “I can do something with this!” (And then, to do it!) I think that says volumes about the roots of the Israeli psyche. … [Read more...] about North America Jewish Intentional Community – Builders’ Manifesto