Navigating the surprising benefits and challenges of receiving your first major gift By Donna Schwartz Five years ago, I was approached by a major donor about expanding our services at the University of Delaware’s Kristol Center for Jewish Life. The $1 million gift came w … [Read more...] about You Got Your First $1,000,000 Donation – Now What?
By Dave Matkowsky In “Towards a Taxonomy of Jewish Communal & Philanthropic Priorities” I expanded on my argument that the dominant latter 20th century communal rallying cries and funding paradigms of Continuity, Identity, and even Peoplehood were cast in the pos … [Read more...] about Beyond Survival: Jewish Meaning, Mission & Belonging
Screen capture: from the exhibit "Echoes of Jewish Wisdom," hosted at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Painting by Nicole Emanuel, 1995. By Elana Stein Hain, Joshua Ladon and Sarah MulhernWe need education rooted in Jewish wisdom in order to reset our … [Read more...] about Educating Toward Change and Fairness
By Lauren Merkin and Shoshi Becker The recent blog exchange on Hebrew language learning, launched in the wake of Arnee Winshall’s September 8th post, “Hebrew Language as a Communal Priority,” is a very welcome one. While the two specific issues discussed - the need for more H … [Read more...] about As Good as It Can Get: Raising the Standards and Expanding the Scope of Hebrew Language Education
By Rabbi Deborah Waxman and Seth Rosen As leaders of the Reconstructionist movement - a small but historically influential stream of Judaism - we had the great honor of spending this past weekend with the members of Dor Hadash, one of our affiliated communities. Nearly one … [Read more...] about Dor Hadash Exemplifies Virtues of Reconstructionist Judaism