By Judy Altenberg Jean Grossman was 16 when she first got involved in Jewish life. The year was 1943 and she joined friends organizing a program at a local synagogue. “When you grow up without a Jewish community and then you discover one, you want to preserve it,” she said. “For us, strengthening Jewish community back then was about survival; and, today, it’s still about survival.” Last month Jean became the first woman to set up a Lion of … [Read more...] about Empowered Women Change Philanthropy – and JFNA Leads the Effort
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By Rabbi David Jaffe, Rabbi Rachel Timoner and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. What was the program at the J Street National Conference, held in April, that was so pressing that every seat was taken, the floor was filled to overflow and the doors had to be barred to additional participants? To the surprise of the organizers, it was a session titled “Fight Like a Mensch” that promised strategies for maintaining our humanity and decency in the heat … [Read more...] about Fight Like a Mensch: Integrated Social Change
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin J.R. Briggs is a failure. Well, not really. While Briggs began his career as a pastor on a rocketship of professional success, a series of organizational incidents left him unemployed, aimless and depressed. And worse, Briggs had to deal with personal failure at a time when his colleagues used social media to present the sunniest possible picture of how they had it all figured out in how to revitalize their churches. … [Read more...] about The Blessing of Epic Failure: Psychological Safety and (Re)Visioning Synagogue Success
By Eliana Goldberg and Marwan Nassr One of us is a Jew. One of us is a Muslim. And this is our story of building a genuine friendship through Jewish Student Connection (JSC) at South High School in Denver - the only Denver Public School with a Newcomer Center serving refugee students who have limited or interrupted formal education. We share our story not to be patted on the back, but to serve as a model of what happens when teens are … [Read more...] about Sharing the Impact of Jewish Student Connection
A response to a response to a response to a response ... well, you know! By Dr. Misha Galperin Wow, Andrew, this is getting to be fun! Wish we had such open debates in front of our colleagues and lay people at the General Assemblies and Federation and JFNA Board meetings… We might be in a different place as a system right now if we had. So, let’s get to it. And let’s not quibble over the small details or semantics any longer. Customer … [Read more...] about Philanthropy, Tzedakah and Makhloket.