By David Phillips and Sara Miller-Paul In response to society’s divisive rancor, a popular T-shirt is resonating, saying: “In a world where you can be anything ... BE KIND.” As longtime Jewish professionals, we’ve noticed that being less-than-kind is becoming more common in the Jewish community. We know the gravitational pull of the status quo is strong, especially regarding communal self-reflection. Sadly, we have learned that … [Read more...] about With Kind Regards: Embracing Our Workplace Values
By Mira Wasserman In 5778, the hashtags #TimesUp #MeToo #GamAni sparked a broad communal conversation about abuses of power on the part of individuals and institutions, within and beyond the Jewish community. The year brought revelations of misconduct among celebrities and government officials, and in Jewish schools, organizations, and synagogues. Now, powerful people who abuse their power are being held accountable, and this is a development … [Read more...] about Jewish Ethics, #MeToo and Crowd-Sourced Responsa
By Liam Hoare eJewish Philanthropy It took Abdulkader Habib, then-rector of the Islamic Kista Folkhögskola in Stockholm, to ask the question: If there were Christian and Islamic cultural colleges in Sweden, why was there no such Jewish institution? Of course, the Jewish community runs its own primary school and Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden - has since 2000 offered a rigorous and academic One-Year Jewish … [Read more...] about How Cooperation With Islamic Scholars Inspired a Jewish Cultural College in Sweden
By Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. “Foresight is 20/20” is not a typographical error. Rather, it relates to a theme that Dr. Terri Elton and I wrote about in our recent book, Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World: Platforms, People, and Purpose. Foresight is one capacity that will enable congregations to thrive in the future. The velocity of change is accelerating so swiftly that even being agile is insufficient insurance for … [Read more...] about Make Foresight 20/20 this New Year!
By Zohar Luria Last year before the High Holy Days, we spent many hours in preparation with our daughter’s psychiatrist, and at home, planning how to occupy our 10-year-old daughter, Miriam, in synagogue. How would we - my husband and I and our other kids - take our shifts with Miriam, who would spend the long hours of the services mostly outside, playing endless imagination games, wandering from one playground to the next? Mainly, we … [Read more...] about The Girl Who Blew Bubbles on Yom Kippur