by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. Just as each election has its own outcomes and political message, each campaign builds upon the next. Mid-term elections create their own countervailing forces against the party in power, and more specifically, the disconnect among certain voters with Barack Obama within all demographic categories appears to have had an impact among Jewish voters, at least in certain congressional and senatorial elections across … [Read more...] about New Insights on Jewish Political Behavior: What Can We Take Away from the November 2010 Elections?
by Karen Klieger Sponder Is the Jewish community really saying that $20,000 a year is the “cost” of being a woman working for a Jewish organization? Over a thirty year career that is $600,000! “Holding constant age, years in the field, level of responsibility, hours worked, and degrees earned, women’s salaries still trail men’s by about $20,000- equivalent to what may be called ‘the net cost of being a woman in Jewish communal life’” reads … [Read more...] about $600K Question: Why are Women Earning $20K Less per Year
by Marc Blattner I recently read in The New Yorker, James Surowiecki’s article, The Next Level, that in essence talked about the concept of “customer drift” - when small factors initially tip the balance in favor of a new company over the old. The example used is Blockbuster Video. Blockbuster, which dominated the movie rental business with convenient locations, solid inventory management, and a known brand, is now (unbelievably) almost … [Read more...] about Does the Jewish World Have an Internal Constituency Problem?
by Elan Burman It was with great interest that I read the thought-provoking article by Shannon Sarna and Ruthie Warshenbrot. Simply, the results of the Jewish Community Heroes competition are startling. There can be no argument that the role of women in shaping every facet of today’s Jewish tapestry is both monumental and profound. Similarly, it is self-evident that women who have chosen to make the Jewish community their professional arena … [Read more...] about A Response to “Jewish Community: Zero?”
The Growing Gender Gap an editorial from The Forward One year ago, the Forward surveyed the 75 largest Jewish communal organizations and discovered that only 11 of them - 14.3% - were led by women. And three of the 11 women in the very top spots were in interim positions. The dismal ratio surprised even veteran observers of American Jewish life, especially since three-quarters of those who work in these organizations are women, and the … [Read more...] about The Jewish Communities Gender Deficit