Ten days changed their lives. Now what? One year ago this month, at the age of 26, I visited Israel for the first time. I did not go with my family, as I had long imagined, but in the company of 34 complete strangers. We arrived at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport a motley … [Read more...] about Birthright Day 11
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
Perhaps, perhaps not. But one thing is certain: in their relations with both the American Jewish community and the growing and influential world of Anglo Olim, JAFI is in serious need of a spin-doctor. I remember well two plus years ago, when Zeev Bielski, the popular and … [Read more...] about The Jewish Agency, An Organization In Crisis?
The Charles Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis: it's been the talk of the Jewish world since it was announced in October. The JTA wrote about it and most Jewish papers around the world picked up the story. It has been the subject of countless blog … [Read more...] about The Next Big Idea
Young Adam Silverman, whose family are members of Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan, hit the big time at his Bar Mitzvah. At least he must have, for Adam was able to make a gift from his Bar Mitzvah stash of over $40,000 to JAFI's athletics and tennis activities for Ethiopian … [Read more...] about Go Adam!
About seven years ago, through an initiative funded by Star Synaplex, I was introduced one Shabbat to an incredible musical ensemble who identified themselves as Shabbat Unplugged. Populated by a group of RRC students and educators, their mantra is to Experience Shabbat Like … [Read more...] about Internet Kavanah