Three of our largest global communal organizations are seeing change at the top [of their professional staff] this summer: the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; the United Jewish Communities; and the Jewish Agency for Israel. As of now, only the United Synagogue has formally selected their new CEO - Rabbi Stephen Wernick. here's Rabbi Wernick: 15 Sivan 5769 - 7 June 2009 To the Members of the Conservative/Masorti Movement: I … [Read more...] about Moving the United Synagogue Forward
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A letter from JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen April 27, 2009 Dear JTS Community, As everyone knows, this past year has been an extremely difficult one for the economy of our country and indeed, for most of the world. Earlier this afternoon, I met with JTS faculty and staff to provide a progress report and update on our budget and I wanted to share this with you as well. For-profit and nonprofit organizations alike have been severely … [Read more...] about Dear JTS Community
by Maya Bernstein Last Sunday, on a warm, sunny day in San Francisco, UpStart joined 30 educators, artists, and thinkers, and 350 Jews in their 20s and 30s at BJE’s 4th annual Young Adult Feast of Jewish Learning. The event continues to attract the Bay Area’s Jewish young adult community, even when the competition is 75 degree weather and some of the most beautiful hiking in the world. Participants chose from a menu of classes on Jewish … [Read more...] about Out of Egypt: What Do Moses & Obama Teach us about Passover?
by Prof. Steven F. Windmueller Over the past year, and more directly over the course of these past months, we have been witness to the unraveling of the global economy and more directly the American enterprise. This economic “tsunami” will lead to a fundamental reordering of the structural and financial well-being of many core institutions. In particular, this upheaval will have a profound impact on the American Jewish community. Over the … [Read more...] about New Economic Challenges, New Opportunities: The Unfolding of the Third American Jewish Revolution