By Rabbi Esther L. Lederman One of my favorite cartoons shows a speaker standing in front of a group of people. In the first frame, he asks the group, “Who wants change?” They all raise their hands. In the second frame, he inquires “Who wants to change?” This time, not a single hand is raised. This cartoon captures an essential truth of being human: We all want change, but we usually want someone else to do it. This is true not just in our … [Read more...] about 5 Factors that Determine Your Congregation’s Readiness for Change
The American Jewish Scene
By Rabbi George Wielechowski and David Cygielman
Larry Fink may have been a rabbi in a former life.
Larry Fink, as many of you probably know, is the CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, with $5.7 trillion under management. Mr. Fink writes a yearly letter to company CEOs around the world, and in this year’s letter, he was most definitely preaching Torah and channeling the voice of the prophets. Even if he didn’t know … [Read more...] about Embracing The Responsibility to Drive Change
Open Dor Project Announces Second Cohort
By Stephen P. Seiden and Gary Jacobs The architecture of Jewish life here in North America counts among its many attributes, countless organizations and institutions established to support the needs of individuals and communities in every corner of the continent. These organizations and institutions provide us with spiritual homes, cultural outlets and a vast array of educational frameworks. They reflect our values, our determination to do … [Read more...] about Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh – All Jews are Responsible for One Another
By Dr. Hal M. Lewis The story is told about Abraham Lincoln who was said to have challenged an interlocutor with the riddle, “If you call a tail a leg how many legs does a dog have?” “Five,” he replied. “Wrong,” said Lincoln, “simply calling a tail a leg does not make it so!” I think about this “tale” every time I contemplate the explosion of offerings in our community purporting to be about Jewish leadership. Indeed, in this post-Passover … [Read more...] about What’s Jewish About Jewish Leadership?
By Rabbi Leah Fein
The last place I expected to work after ordination was America’s top party school.
But a few months before I started as the Hillel rabbi at Syracuse University, The Princeton Review bestowed upon it the title of “No. 1 Party School in America.”
Between the images in my mind of every stereotype about Millennials, and the seemingly endless articles and statistics around declining religious affiliation in this generation, … [Read more...] about ‘This party is lit’
How a Hillel rabbi shed her stereotypes of Millennials and found her calling on campus