The mantra of this Next Generation. A key plenary took front and center as we were presented with a group of dynamic young leaders who are finding new ways to build community and their version of Tikkun Olam. The common thread among these showcased young leaders and their projects is innovation and commitment. They are helping us enlarge the town square of Jewish life and we must encourage and support them. Both Esther Kustanowitz and Dan … [Read more...] about Living Generously, Giving Differently
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
Did you know: the number of members on the Israel network of facebook, the social networking site, has jumped by 100 percent since mid-October, from 74,000 to 152,000. According to a recent article in Haaretz, Israeli facebook users are considered to comprise a "quality audience" - users between the ages of 25 and 40 who are "early adapters," or among the first users of new technologies. Are you leveraging these new networks for your … [Read more...] about They Said It Wouldn’t Happen Here
A major theme of this GA was Jewish service; from a plenary to breakout sessions and cocktail receptions we heard how Jewish service is enjoying a moment in the Jewish sun, both changing lives and deepening commitment. The official program has this to say: "Engaging in Jewish service has great potential for strengthening Jewish identity, as well as demonstrating solidarity with people in need around the world." From everything said, it … [Read more...] about Making the World a Better Place
A name coined by the UJC. Yet, as was mentioned to rounding applause at one of the sessions, perhaps a poor choice. For using the word 'next' we are not concentrating on who they are but rather on who they will become. If this GA showed us anything at all, it is they already are. It did not matter where you turned during these few days. From the Academy Award winning film, West Bank Story to Ethos Water; from talented and accomplished … [Read more...] about The NextGen
The official program lasted barely forty-eight hours. Beginning with a most unusual rendering of the Star Spangled Banner and concluding with inspiring words from Rabbi Jacob Schacter, 3500+ strong professional and lay leaders gathered in Nashville for this year's rendition of the GA. The official program offered something for everyone; and yet like these conferences always are, the real interaction occurred in the hallways, sitting areas and … [Read more...] about One People, One Destiny
We bring you a story on the importance of transparency in all we do as communal professionals. Yes, we do have a practical side to Tzedakah and among the many needs of both the donor and the organization is the need for mutual trust. This can be earned in many ways but begins with being open about mission and where the organization is deploying resources. Take a look at this Lakewood, New Jersey based charity and decide for yourself if they … [Read more...] about Transparency, Or Not; Let The Donor Beware