By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. “Jews considered themselves actors in political history even when they lacked the power to shape it.” Wherever Jews have lived, they have been engaged with both political authorities, always understanding the importance of asserting their interests. Throughout their history, two ideas were central to Jewish communities: advancing their self-interests and demonstrating political adaptability (adjustment to … [Read more...] about Elements: Revisiting the Principles of Jewish Community Relations
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
By Robert Bettmann As an education project manager with a nonprofit, I’m interested not only in the interactions and outcomes we make possible, but the behind-the-scenes design and evaluation of experiential education programs. How can we provide more impactful programs? What are the most appropriate target outcomes, and how do we measure them? Structural considerations have to be factored in, and one underlying factor common to many programs … [Read more...] about Jewish Identity Development in Experiential Pluralistic Environments
By Gail Norry and Ann Pava Imagine a world where Jewish day schools have the resources they need to be affordable to all. Imagine a world where the across-the-board excellence of our schools attracts families far and wide, and where the ranks of day school philanthropists overflow the largest rooms for Jewish communal gatherings. Imagine a world where Jewish day schools are the first choice for families. We believe in making this vision … [Read more...] about Grabbing the Baton – version 2
By Ruth Salzman During the ten-plus years I’ve served as CEO of The Russell Berrie Foundation, I’ve never been quite as excited about an investment as I was earlier this fall, listening to President Reuven Rivlin of Israel announce a new initiative, designed by RBF in partnership with Start-Up Nation Central, that addresses two of Israel’s most pressing problems with one elegant, meticulously thought-through solution. The pressing problems: … [Read more...] about A New Approach for Diversifying Israel’s Tech Sector (and Why I’m so Excited About It)
The Arev Fund has announced its grantees for the 2019 cycle. This year, the grants support projects in the areas of spiritual leadership, communal life, social justice and education. The Arev Fund launched on January 15, 2016 as a giving circle of observant Jewish women with the mission of promoting impactful female Jewish philanthropy to spur change in the areas of spiritual leadership, communal life, social justice, and education in the … [Read more...] about Arev Fund Announces Third Annual Round of Grants
Following an extensive national search, The Jewish Education Project has named David Bryfman, Ph.D. as its next CEO. Founded in 1910, and later known as the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York, the century-old Jewish nonprofit agency was rebranded under the direction of Robert Sherman, who assumed the role of CEO in 2007 and repositioned the organization as a catalyst for innovation. “From the first time I met David Bryfman, I was … [Read more...] about Comings and Goings: The Jewish Education Project Names New CEO