Growing up in Riverdale, N.Y., I attended Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy, known as SAR, a private Jewish modern Orthodox day school. The school is built on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, and, in a manner somewhat similar to step farming, is composed of various levels, on … [Read more...] about Don’t Drive Into the River
by Yehudah Mirsky The challenge of managing and deepening relationships between Israel and world Jewry has been with us for decades. Today far-reaching changes are being rung on these familiar questions. For Diaspora Jews, Israel is one possible element of their Jewishness; … [Read more...] about Meaning and Belonging in Israel and the Diaspora Today
by Shmuel Rosner The difficulty of defining who is a Jew and, accordingly, the increasingly difficult task of agreeing upon the nature of the “gateway” to the Jewish people (conversion), has accompanied the Jewish people throughout history. From time to time a crisis erupts whe … [Read more...] about A Fundamental Solution to the ‘Conversion Crisis’ or a Practical One?
Over the past fifteen years, a revival of Jewish life has spread across Europe, one that is rooted in its 2,000-year heritage, reflects the diversity of contemporary Jewish thought and experience, and reflects the hope for a promising future. Quietly, and in small pockets … [Read more...] about The 2010 Survey of New Jewish Initiatives in Europe
[eJP note] Yesterday, in Change of Generation, Bob Goldfarb presented some initial thoughts on the newly released Generation of Change study released by the Avi Chai Foundation. Here is part 2. The Avi Chai Foundation’s new study, “Generation of Change,” highlights the sizea … [Read more...] about Left Behind