By Hannah Bernstein HAVANA - A clear voice rings out into the synagogue. It pierces through the blasts of the seven air conditioning units on the wall, through the squeals of the children and even through the large, wooden doors separating this room from the rest of the world. It’s Friday night at Beth Shalom, Cuba’s largest synagogue and Jewish community center, and the voice belongs to 20-year-old Susana Sintana Said. She’s singing Psalm … [Read more...] about In Havana, Young Jews Create Community
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
By Keith Greenwald “The Conversation.” All of our communities have had one (or many). A ‘reimagination’ or a ‘reframing’; a community dialogue and a strategic discussion. They are all the same, even if the framework or the buzzwords are different. Unfortunately, instead of leading to change, ‘Conversation’ has become the primary method for engagement and for the Campaign. And ‘The Conversation’ is where the Federation system lost the mantle of … [Read more...] about Talk is Cheap
Real forgiveness is not only between perpetrator and victim, but on all of us to create a new system where none of what has occurred may ever ever ever occur again.
By Rachael Bregman
Maimonides, the great 12th-century Spanish-Israeli philosopher, and sage taught that true t’shuvah or repentance, has happened when you are given the opportunity to wrong the same wrong and you don’t. While it is too soon in the process of the #MeToo … [Read more...] about Laying the Ground Work for Repentance One Day:
Teshuvah and #MeToo
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) has awarded over $2 million in grants to nine innovative, local initiatives focused on transforming Jewish Los Angeles. This year’s Cutting Edge Grant recipients serve a wide range of needs, including: training Jewish teen advisors to offer support and guidance to their peers via a smartphone application; educating and empowering Jewish clergy, educators, and older adults on the … [Read more...] about Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Awards $2m. in Cutting Edge Grants to Launch 9 Innovative Programs
The Jewish Communal Fund (JCF), the largest Jewish donor advised fund in the country, distributed a record $435 million in grants to charities in all sectors during the 2018 fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 - a nine percent increase from 2017. JCF Fundholders recommended a record-number of grants - 58,224 - to thousands of charitable organizations, a 10 percent increase from 2017. The average grant amount was $7,467.74. “More and more … [Read more...] about Jewish Communal Fund NY Sends Out Record-Breaking Number of Grants in FY 2018
The Hebrew College Board of Trustees have finalized an agreement to sell the College’s Newton Centre campus. The College will be debt-free upon completion of the transaction. The agreement allows Hebrew College to remain in its current location for several years, under favorable terms. The unidentified purchaser has committed that, when Hebrew College moves to a new home, the building will continue to serve an educational mission. … [Read more...] about Hebrew College Announces Sale of Newton Centre Campus