by Rabbi Mitch Cohen There’s a picture in my office from a Bar Mitzvah that took place about 15 years ago. It’s of a boy named Brad, being called to read the Torah for the first time at Camp Ramah in Canada, where I was director early in my career. There are such moments across the Ramah network of summer camps each year, and I remember them all. But this one has particular resonance and meaning, and I want to be reminded of it. Brad … [Read more...] about Jews with Special Needs: Strengthening Community Through Inclusion
from The Jewish Week: Filling The Leadership Void: A Proposal A 2009 study by the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies predicts that during the next decade 65 percent of mid-and upper-level management of Jewish organizations will retire and their replacements will increasingly be non-Jewish. That’s quite a radical concept to those of us who believe in the “soul” of our organizations. When you read the “36 Under 36” insert in The … [Read more...] about Creating an Expectation of Excellence
From Generation to Generation an opinion piece by David Sax Last week, my father was looking for help. He’d recently teamed up with an Israeli nonprofit serving the mentally disabled, and wanted to recruit younger Jews to head up outreach in Canada. So naturally, he came to his 31-year-old son to help him bring young Jews aboard. I called the first friend I could think of: a passionate Zionist who’d served in the Israeli army. “I can’t,” … [Read more...] about Connecting to the Next Generation, Continually
Rabbi Searches Are Tough, but Are They Illegal? an opinion piece by Barak D. Richman As a member of my synagogue’s rabbi search committee, I was deeply troubled to learn of the rules imposed by the Rabbinical Assembly, the Conservative movement’s governing rabbinical body, on rabbinic searches. The RA requires synagogues to enroll exclusively in its search process, filters the selection of candidates the congregations may interview, and … [Read more...] about Do Rabbi Searches Violate U.S. Law?
Time for a new Jewish conversation by Tzipi Livni Like any good family, the Jewish people have shown time and again how we can unite in times of crisis. When Israel faced its enemies on the battlefield or when Jewish communities abroad have been threatened, we have come together and recognized our collective responsibility for one another. But if this alone is the nature of the ties that bind us, it constitutes a failure of vision and of … [Read more...] about Livni: We Need to Dialogue with Diaspora