By David Cygielman The Jewish community has made a big bet. In the past five years, we have seen a huge surge in the investment of fellowships and convenings designed to train and support leaders. Talent development is core to building a strong Jewish community, so logically, this is a good communal strategy. The concept of bringing people together to meet one another, learn together and develop new ideas that can bring the Jewish community … [Read more...] about Investing in Leaders
By Yossi Prager Since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy last week, the media discussion has centered on the possible impact of a new justice on a series of polarizing judicial questions. Unfortunately, today the focus always seems to be on the polarizing. However, some issues that at first appear polarizing become less so when examined with a nuanced lens. Take, for example, the Jewish community’s perspective on government funding for … [Read more...] about For a Change, an Area of Growing Political Consensus: Government Funding for Jewish Day School Education
By Keren R. McGinity American Jews have loudly applauded the women who have come forward in recent months to reveal the sexual harassment and abuse they have suffered at the hands of politicians, journalists, intellectuals and entertainers. The emergence of the #MeToo movement resonates for those of us who place a premium on principles such as gender equality, ethics and social justice. Yet the Jewish community still has not confronted its … [Read more...] about American Jewry’s #MeToo Problem: A First-Person Encounter
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
As we celebrate this nation’s birthday, we are experiencing a disruptive moment in our American sojourn. We know full well that we are a divided society. Yet as this nation prepares to acknowledge its 242nd birthday, we have an opportunity to revisit the core values that define us as a people and inspire us as a society. These principles ought to shape our discourse and inform our thinking even as we battle over … [Read more...] about Where Do We Go From Here?
A July 4th Reflection
By Barry Shrage Many of us who care about the Jewish future are deeply concerned about the growing gap between Israelis and American Jews. In polls and public statements, opinion pieces and Shabbat table conversations, observers are pointing to increasing tension between the two great pillars of global Jewry today. As President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston (CJP) I believe more deeply than ever that Israelis and American … [Read more...] about Israeli-Americans Can Bridge Growing Gaps in the Jewish World