Non-Zero Sum: Helping Others And Ourselves by Rabbi Jill Jacobs Should Jews first take care of our own, or first serve the needs of society as a whole? In the course of a meandering and much-discussed article in the latest issue of Commentary magazine, historian Jack Wertheimer of the Jewish Theological Seminary castigates the Jewish social justice world for prioritizing support for non-Jews over the internal concerns of the Jewish … [Read more...] about Public Judaism
by Stephen H. Hoffman I can’t remember any time in reading about Jewish history that we weren’t worried about our future and our survival - our physical survival in Israel and our spiritual survival outside of Israel. Worry seems to be in the Jewish genome. Now the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) has written a report titled “2030: Alternative Futures for the Jewish People.” Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, there’s … [Read more...] about ‘Drifting’ is Not an Option for Jews
Rarely a day passes without hearing from one of my friends in the Jewish world about a new project in which they have become engaged or an organization for which they are fundraising. The conversation that ensues is often one about shared interests and common concerns. Sometimes the conversations result in my renewed optimism and other times they cause me to have sobering realizations; but never have they made me sick to my stomach. Until … [Read more...] about Will We Let This School Fail?
The Agency’s New Agenda an editorial from The Forward The Jewish Agency for Israel is embarking on a bold and necessary attempt to create a new mission for itself, downplaying its historic role in promoting immigration to Israel and emphasizing instead an intriguing but still amorphous notion of Jewish “peoplehood.” Applause is warranted anytime a sprawling, calcified bureaucracy seeks new direction and energy, and never more so than … [Read more...] about The Challenge for The Jewish Agency
According to a story in yesterday's New York Post, Alan Cooper - JTS's provost - "sent a mass e-mail last May to the school's full-time staff advocating that older workers put themselves out to pasture. Baby boomers, he wrote "have created a kind of bottleneck in the work world. The frustration this poses for the young and talented should be obvious." ... The seminary did not return calls for comment." [eJP note: We hope there is an … [Read more...] about JTS’s Provost Disses Older Workers