By Eliana Goldberg and Marwan Nassr One of us is a Jew. One of us is a Muslim. And this is our story of building a genuine friendship through Jewish Student Connection (JSC) at South High School in Denver - the only Denver Public School with a Newcomer Center serving refugee students who have limited or interrupted formal education. We share our story not to be patted on the back, but to serve as a model of what happens when teens are … [Read more...] about Sharing the Impact of Jewish Student Connection
By Marian Marlowe “It’s not about them; it’s about us.” These sentences sound like the beginning of a joke about being self-centered. I’d like to suggest, though, that they are really right on point when we think about why our community must provide services designed to assist older adults (however we may define “older adults”). A couple of years ago at the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America, I heard John Feather, the … [Read more...] about It Really Is About All of Us!
By Suzie Patt Benvenisti When I began working at the Taub Center in 2012, we had a strong reputation within the policy sphere for being a trusted source of information, but it was unclear to me what kind of a broader impact we were having on Israeli society. After all, it’s easy for a Member of Knesset or Minister to agree that a subject such as alleviating poverty is important behind closed doors, but who exactly was holding them accountable … [Read more...] about Even Adults Need Picture Books Sometimes
By David Manchester [A comment on the post Code Blue: A Call to Save Jewish ECE’s] Where is the innovation? When I look at the Jewish ECE sector, I see a sector that has lacked innovation for decades. Sure pedagogies have changed but not much else. One of the issues this article identifies is “tax” or “rent” charged by host institutions. If that is such a burden, then where is the movement creating independent Jewish Early Childhood … [Read more...] about A Reader Comments on Code Blue
By Karen L. Berman Given all the charitable causes from which donors can choose, what makes colleges and universities worthy of philanthropic dollars? The question comes to mind amid the newly announced $10 million donation from well-known philanthropist Lorry I. Lokey to University of Haifa, representing the latest major gift from an American donor, foundation, or trust to the northern Israeli institution. While the University is of course … [Read more...] about Why Tens of Millions in American Philanthropic Dollars Are Supporting a Northern Israeli University’s Model