At a meeting earlier this week, the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion approved a plan for its future. Titled “A New Way Forward,” the plan charts a five-year process based on attaining financial sustainability, sustaining academic excellence and maintaining geographic presences in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York. It provides a vision for the College-Institute as the intellectual, spiritual and … [Read more...] about Memo to HUC: What Are Non-Core Real Estate Holdings?
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Jane Eisner and Devra Ferst writing in The Forward: Despite notable gains for women in the past year, a Forward survey of 75 major American Jewish communal organizations found that fewer than one in six are run by women, and those women are paid 61 cents to every dollar earned by male leaders. The numbers are especially striking when compared with the overall composition of the Jewish communal work force. Women comprise about 75% of those … [Read more...] about Forward: Jewish Women Lag Behind Men in Promotion and Pay
Back in August, UJC/Federations of North America launched the Jewish Community Heroes Awards. The initiative - the largest-ever Jewish social-networking effort - was designed to recognize, and honor, individuals who are bettering their communities through service and outreach. The awards were designed so nominations could be made by anyone with Internet access. And when the process closed, over 400 were nominated and 500,000 votes were … [Read more...] about What Makes a Community Hero?
A few weeks ago one of my friends suggested a new game - innovation bingo. The rules are simple, sit in a room full of under-40 Jewish volunteers and professionals and wait until the word ‘innovation’ (or some variant) is used. Then yell bingo, and you win. The real fun, my friend joked, is not whether someone wins, but how quickly it takes for someone to win. Unfortunately, nothing about Jewish innovation is as simple as the rules to my friend’s … [Read more...] about Not Too Small to Matter: Hybrid Organizations and the Future of Jewish Innovation
Seeks Best and Brightest to Realize Their Visions to Reinvigorate the American Jewish Community Pioneer of Jewish Social Entrepreneurship Offers Early-stage Funding and Resources to Young Visionaries After a four-year hiatus, Joshua Venture Group (formerly known as Joshua Venture), a not-for-profit organization that identifies and cultivates emerging Jewish leaders and champions their visions for social change in the Jewish community, has … [Read more...] about Joshua Venture Group Re-Launches