by Joshua Avedon and Shawn Landres Last week the Jewish innovation ecosystem suffered the first loss of a keystone organization since the economic ice age began. The Professional Leaders Project (PLP) is the premier independent entity for developing and educating the next generation of Jewish leaders, both volunteer and professional. One thing is clear. PLP's mission of "turning leadership over to the next generation" will live on, most … [Read more...] about Viva PLP!
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Not long ago the head of a small family foundation said to me, “Why are there so many organizations involved in arts and culture? You should join forces with other nonprofits, instead of each of you coming to us for grants.” That basic question is asked often, and not just about culture and the arts. A variant is, “Do there really need to be so many Jewish nonprofits in Southern California?” Nowadays, in the current economic climate, the same … [Read more...] about Too Many Non-Profits?
At last Sunday's Limmud FSU event in WestHampton, I had the privilege to meet Yoram Dori, a senior adviser to President Shimon Peres. Here are his thoughts on the event. I didn't know much about Limmud FSU. About Matthew Bronfman I knew a bit more. I knew he was involved with Israeli banks. Banks annoy me. And I knew he was an owner of IKEA in Israel. This is also not one of my favorites, because my credit cards seem to work overtime … [Read more...] about What I Learned in the Hamptons
As a Jewish community volunteer and part-time critic, I often vacillate between hopefulness and concern. From the volunteer perspective, I experience moments of enrichment that sustain my belief that Jewish differences can be made and the promise of the Jewish people can be kept. As a critic, I find myself compelled to question not the merit of our Jewish communal efforts, but the quality of our Jewish communal experiences? But while I may … [Read more...] about Response to Dr. Sarna: We have a mission; communal life must be about meaning
from Reform Judaism online: The financial crisis and demographic shifts are reshaping the Jewish community in ways we could hardly have imagined a generation ago. Historian and Brandeis University professor Jonathan Sarna sheds light on what history can teach us about Jewish revival in uncertain times. What are some of the trends to watch as Jewish institutions adjust to the new economic reality? First, I think we will see an increase … [Read more...] about Jewish Revival in Uncertain Times