By Melanie Roth Gorelick I am excited to welcome the leaders of the Community Relations Field to NYC for the JCPA2018 National Conference April 22-24. On the eve of the conference, I am reminded of a presentation from an interfaith leader named Sophie who at a retreat led a wonderful discussion on how the interfaith community "was made for times like these." The Community Relations professionals and lay leaders - those within the Federation … [Read more...] about We Were Made for Times like These
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
The Wexner Foundation is proud to announce the members of Class 31 of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. As these exceptional professionals pursue graduate training for careers in Jewish Education, Jewish Professional Leadership, Jewish Studies, and the Rabbinate, they will participate in a prestigious four-year professional development program comprised of leadership training, cohort-based learning, peer support, … [Read more...] about Meet the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program Newest Class
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. In an age, where communal consensus has given way to a significant political divide and where Jews are redefining their social policy priorities, how might the Jewish public affairs sector respond? At a time of generational transitions, organizational disruption, and political upheaval, in what ways can the Jewish community relations field reinvent itself? Questions concerning the future of our community’s public … [Read more...] about Reinventing the Jewish Public Square: Promoting a Jewish Community Relations Model for the 21st Century
By Ed Frim Springtime is the Jewish season of volunteering. Good Deeds Day, Mitzvah Day and other such events offer many annual opportunities to feed the hungry, visit the sick and elderly, help abused animals, clean the environment and more. For example, JServe is a national effort to engage teens, and attempt to teach them about “fulfilling the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable … [Read more...] about Mitzvah Day: Good, But (Maybe) Not Tikkun Olam
By Avi Bieler
Last Wednesday, on this site, David Samson wrote a piece ostensibly about the need to form a united association of Israeli nonprofits funded by those same nonprofits. He expressed concern that existing umbrella groups have ulterior motives and criticized their lack of transparency. Within his article he loosely suggested that Jgive.com is one of these umbrella organizations and accused the nonprofit platform of being opaque with … [Read more...] about Fully Transparent and Proud of our Diversity:
A Response to David Samson
By Andrés Spokoiny
Israel has two major memorial days: Yom Hazikaron - the remembrance day for fallen soldiers of Israel and Israeli terror victims - and Yom Hashoah Vehagevurah, Holocaust and Heroism memorial day. One is a reminder of the cost of having a Jewish State; the other is a reminder of the cost of not having it.
If you’ve ever spent Yom Hazikaron in Israel, you know how special a day it is - how far from the American “Memorial … [Read more...] about After the Siren:
Yom Hazikaron and Gratitude