By Judy Maltz Haaretz.com When the first Christian evangelical volunteers descended on the religious West Bank settlement of Har Bracha about 10 years ago, offering to harvest grapes for the local Jewish farmers free of charge, not everyone welcomed them with open arms. After all, for generations Jews had been taught that when Christians go out of their way to be nice, it is probably because they are secretly plotting to convert them, and, … [Read more...] about Inside the Evangelical Money Flowing Into the West Bank
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By Carolyn Linder As I continue to process the horrific attack born out of hate that recently befell my community, I cannot help but to be reminded that our one true hope for a more tolerant, empathetic, peaceful and loving future rests on the shoulders and in the hearts of our very youngest citizens. While we tend to measure success of any kind in definitive numerical terms, I suggest that some of our most profound successes in Jewish … [Read more...] about The Many Faces of Jewish Early Childhood Education
By Dr. Josh Levisohn You are in a crowded mall with your 4 year old at your side. You turn to look at something on a rack for just a moment. When you turn back, your daughter is no longer at your side. You cannot see her and when you call out her name desperately, you get no response. Your heart starts racing, your arteries constrict, you have a surge of adrenaline and nothing else in the world matters. You are beginning to panic. When you … [Read more...] about Taming the Anxiety Monster
By Salma Siddiqui Last month’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue was not merely another act of gun violence. It was a crime that stemmed from hate and bigotry, as it targeted a specific group of people. This hate is nothing new. 80 years ago last month, shards of glass littered the streets of Germany after the Nazis and their supporters smashed and vandalized over 7,500 Jewish schools, homes, businesses, and synagogues. Known as … [Read more...] about United Against the Violence in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
In early November, twenty-two community builders gathered in NYC for the launch of Amplifier’s 5th Giving Circle Incubator - the most diverse cohort yet. Demonstrating clearly that giving circles are adaptable to any community and setting, these leaders are starting new giving circles at day schools, synagogues, Federations, across the Reform movement, in Hillels, and with their friends and neighbors in communities across the US, Israel and Latin … [Read more...] about 22 Community-Builders will Launch New Giving Circles in Fifth Incubator Cohort
The National Center to Encourage Judaism offers grants to synagogues and organizations sponsoring programs that attract more people to Judaism. We’re putting the word out about a new grant initiative, with a 20% bonus for applications received by the end of the year, up to $5,000. Examples of grants that have been awarded recently include introduction to Judaism classes, interfaith outreach initiatives, and holiday workshops. Program … [Read more...] about New Funding Available from National Center to Encourage Judaism