Like all organizations, JDC Entwine asks itself every day how they can reach more people. Every year, thousands of young people attend their network events in their city, and hundreds participate in immersive experiences abroad. But they know that even more young people can be reached where they spend most of their time: on their smartphone. Noah Gardenswartz, a comedian and JDC Entwine National Steering Committee member, is helping drive … [Read more...] about Introducing Diaspora Diaries
by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. In the fall of 2014 I will be traveling to China to meet with academic leaders and others who are interested in exploring the idea of Diaspora. China, which today may have as many as 50 million of its people residing outside of their homeland, is exploring ways to engage and connect with its expanding communities of ex-patriots. Residing in nearby nation-states including Vietnam and Singapore and in more distant … [Read more...] about Dumplings and Matzahball Soup: China and the Jews Examining the Idea of Diaspora for Two Ancient Civilizations
by Marcelo Dimentstein Ever since Europe’s unification over two decades ago, observers have oscillated between pessimistic and optimistic prognoses regarding the future of European Jewish communities. Recently, and exacerbated by the ongoing economic crisis and assaults on democracy by political and religious extremism in Europe, commentators have again swung the pendulum towards the negative, openly lamenting the viability of a Jewish future … [Read more...] about A Jewish Future for Europe?
“There have been too many examples of mishandling of communal funds, in Europe and here in Israel, and ‘trust us’ is just not enough anymore.” (Rabbi Uri Regev) by Jan Jaben-Eilon When the Polish edition of Forbes magazine published an expose on the long-controversial restitution of Jewish communal property from the pre-war era late this summer, it dared to go where nearly no one else was willing to venture. As the editorial alongside the … [Read more...] about Are Jewish Communal Funds in Poland Being Mishandled?
by So-Han Fan I lay Tefillin every day. I don’t consider myself a particularly good Jew. I don’t wear a kipa, I don’t keep kosher and I only observe Shabbat and the holidays when I’m with other Jews, which is seldom. I can’t speak Hebrew, I don’t know the songs; most of my friends don’t even know that I’m Jewish. But against all odds, I do lay Tefillin every day. I don’t always do it in a timely manner. I try to do it in the mornings but … [Read more...] about Just a Chinese Jew and His Tefillin