By Amy Asin It is universally acknowledged that the world around us is changing faster than ever. To stay relevant and thrive in this new world, change will be necessary in all congregations, even those that are doing well. The pace of change in the outside world demands it. Many congregational leaders are willing to change, but in most congregations, we see either disagreement or a lack of understanding about the depth of change … [Read more...] about How Your Congregation Can Move Up the Change Continuum
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By Shana Medel The little details mattered to Keren Khait. As the creator of Russian Restaurant at Hillel 818, the 22-year-old knew the annual event wouldn’t be authentic without them. She crafted homemade centerpieces from empty bottles and calla lilies to adorn each black-clothed table packed with hungry students. She designed a menu of Russian comfort food, including plov, a classic rice and meat dish, and piroshki, a savory puff … [Read more...] about Russian-speaking Jewish Students Find a Home at Hillel
By Rabbi Jen Kaluzny and Rabbi Jen Lader Last week, we stood at the waters of Birkenau, and said Kaddish next to a pond where the ashes of a half million of our people were cast away. Then we found redemption in the vibrancy of the Jewish Community Center in Krakow. We closed our eyes and sang the Shema in the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles, a space now quieted by history. Then we found redemption in the colorful classroom of the first … [Read more...] about On Redemption
The Orthodox Union (OU) has announced a cohort of six winning nonprofit organizations that it will support through its new Impact Accelerator. Launched in early 2018, the OU Impact Accelerator was created to provide mentorship and early-stage funding for Jewish nonprofit entrepreneurs and their ventures. The organizations chosen for the first cohort are working to address a broad range of communal issues, from families managing mental illness … [Read more...] about OU Invests in 6 Innovative Nonprofit Startups to Support through its new Impact Accelerator
Twenty-four teens gathered at the Emory University campus in Atlanta from Oct. 26 to 28 for the second Teen Israel Leadership Institute hosted by the Center for Israel Education and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel. The weekend featured a mix of activities, discussions and educational games designed to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of Israel and Zionism and to help them plan learning programs back home. The … [Read more...] about 24 Teens Immersed in Israel’s Culture, Context
[This article appears as part of a series presented by the SafetyRespectEquity Coalition about the work of Jewish organizations to prevent and address sexual harassment and gender discrimination. By pulling back the curtain on works in progress, the Coalition hopes to inspire others to begin their own crucial reform efforts. You can read the framing piece here.] By Steve Rakitt and Jill Weber Smith Recently, and especially this past year, … [Read more...] about Five Lessons for Funders Seeking to Make an Impact on Women’s Equality in the Jewish Community