An Op-Ed by Robert Singer More than 40 years ago, the late Rabbi Israel Miller attended services at Moscow’s Central Synagogue. Later he wrote in The New York Times, “There still echoes in my ears the whispered plea, ‘Do not forget us.’ ” That whisper grew into the roar of the Soviet Jewry movement, which mobilized hundreds of thousands of Jews in the West to demand freedom for their co-religionists suffering under the heel of … [Read more...] about Step Up to Help Imperiled FSU Jewish Community
If nothing else, MASA's new ad campaign appears to be a catalyst for a much needed discussion. Feel free to join in. an excerpt from Elana Sztokman's blog, for Serious Jewish Women: MASA, Money and Manners: The Yawning Gap between Israelis and American Jews Last night, a 16-year old boy shared with me some insights from his recent experience of switching to an all-American school in Israel. “Our classes are conducted all in English,” he … [Read more...] about Rethinking the Conversation
The new MASA ad presumes that unless unaffiliated Diaspora youth come to Israel for a long term program they will be "lost." This advertisement harks back to an older campaign produced about 40 years ago, by the US Federation system on behalf of Jewish education. It was a series of posters and print ads which said "If you're Jewish, chances are you grandchildren will not be" in a stark typeface that gradually faded from jet black to very … [Read more...] about MASA’s Lost Campaign: An Op-Ed
by Joshua Avedon and Shawn Landres Last week the Jewish innovation ecosystem suffered the first loss of a keystone organization since the economic ice age began. The Professional Leaders Project (PLP) is the premier independent entity for developing and educating the next generation of Jewish leaders, both volunteer and professional. One thing is clear. PLP's mission of "turning leadership over to the next generation" will live on, most … [Read more...] about Viva PLP!
At last Sunday's Limmud FSU event in WestHampton, I had the privilege to meet Yoram Dori, a senior adviser to President Shimon Peres. Here are his thoughts on the event. I didn't know much about Limmud FSU. About Matthew Bronfman I knew a bit more. I knew he was involved with Israeli banks. Banks annoy me. And I knew he was an owner of IKEA in Israel. This is also not one of my favorites, because my credit cards seem to work overtime … [Read more...] about What I Learned in the Hamptons