By Shoham Nicolet The Pew Research Center’s much-discussed study on U.S. Jewry revealed that the next generation has fading connections to Jewish organizations and the State of Israel. How do we reverse this trend? What is the secret sauce for engaging Jewish youth? Our organization’s answer lies in the attribute that makes Israel stand out on the global stage: innovation and entrepreneurship. To explore this concept, the Israeli-American … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurship is for Engaging the Jewish iGeneration
By Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, Sara Shapiro-Plevan and Allison Fine One women was told that she did not have enough experience for the job, when in fact she had fifteen years more experience than the man who was ultimately hired. Another woman was told that the search committee did not think she could handle the high-level job since she was single mother of two kids. A third went through an extensive interview process, and found out she was denied … [Read more...] about Who do You Choose to Hire for Leadership Positions?
By Shuki Taylor Relationships are at the heart of what it means to be human. The “other” in a relationship can become, in the words of the Israeli poet Leah Goldberg, “a glance, a window, a mirror,” ultimately supporting and challenging our capacities for self-discovery and our self-conceptions of authenticity and significance. Relationships are also significant in cultivating, nurturing and sustaining communities of meaning. Relationships … [Read more...] about From Relational Engagement to Relational Learning
By Rachel Gold Each day I come to work and am greeted with loud giggles and a huge smile as Bella comes through the door, bursting with excitement to be at school. I work with Bella, who has a developmental disability, at the Early Childhood Center at JCC Chicago in partnership with Keshet as a paraprofessional so that she can grow and learn alongside her peers in an inclusive preschool setting. My job entails adapting the curriculum so that … [Read more...] about Preschool & The Building Blocks of Inclusion
By Aaron Kaufman When I was born with cerebral palsy, my parents knew that I would encounter obstacles that neither they nor my peers had to navigate. Aside from the frustration that inevitably results from navigating an inaccessible world, having a visible disability means I also feel a constant need to prove myself and added pressure to excel and disprove societal biases about people with disabilities. I felt this pressure at school, I feel … [Read more...] about Beyond Inclusion: The Jewish Community Acts to Advance Disability Policy