Habitus, A Diaspora Journal is part of a new breed of Jewish magazines being created by young Jews and defining Judaism and their involvement on their own terms. With funding from the Dorot Foundation and focusing on Diaspora literature and culture the editors tell us "Habitus is not simply a magazine about Jews--it is a Jewish magazine about the world. Habitus takes its shape from the elusive concept known as the Diaspora – that untidy mix of … [Read more...] about Habitus, issue 2, Has Arrived
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
The Jewish Week got it. So did Gary Rosenblatt and Haviv Rettig. As Gary wrote, "Whether out of pragmatism, devotion or desperation — or a combination of all three — the leadership of UJC, the Jewish federation movement of North America, chose to feature the next generation at this GA, front and center." Judging from the multitude of comments heard over several days, this was the right decision. Because despite the anxiety of the baby boomer … [Read more...] about Au Revoir Nashville
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
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