By Brian D. Amkraut In the world of education, whether at research universities or local elementary schools, all eyes turn to how we can bring students back to school, live and in person, navigating the healthcare restrictions of our Covid-19 world. In the world of organized … [Read more...] about Covid-19 and the 5781 High Holidays: Return of the Chavurah, the Rise of the virtual “MegaShul,” or the End of Communal Worship?
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By Aimee Close Like other “legacy institutions,” USCJ has been criticized in recent years for being unable to quickly adapt and respond to the needs of our constituents. This is a story that contradicts that narrative. It is a story about how we listened carefully to our sma … [Read more...] about How USCJ used Design Thinking to Help Small Congregations
By Rella Kaplowitz, Stacie Cherner, and Lisa Narodick Colton As the ongoing pandemic requires us to protect one another by staying apart, organizations across the Jewish sector are unlocking the secret to engaging meaningfully with young Jews in digital spaces. How? By … [Read more...] about Emotion Before Content: Evidence Based Recommendations for Designing Virtual Jewish Engagement
By Annie Jollymore Now is as pressing a time as ever to discuss class. Jewish communities are grappling with the current and anticipated economic effects of COVID-19 that are threatening to reconfigure all kinds of communities, including Jewish ones. According to statistics … [Read more...] about The Issue of Class in the American Jewish Community
By Marci Mayer Eisen Jewish community professionals, like the rest of the country, are facing much uncertainty as we work to reimagine what our work will look like in the coming weeks, months, and dare we say years. Here in St. Louis, I continue to see first-hand the … [Read more...] about Investing in Our Professionals: The Value of JPRO Local Groups