By Suzie Patt Benvenisti As a native Houstonian who now lives halfway across the world in Jerusalem, and a self-proclaimed public policy enthusiast, I find myself peeking in occasionally on what's going on in my hometown - particularly with regard to social policy issues. I was especially excited to happen upon the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey conducted by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. Among the many topics … [Read more...] about What Israel can Teach Texas about Pre-K
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
This post is a part of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s summer blog series “Because of Jewish Camp.” Each week, we will be featuring personal reflections from camp parents, staff, and alumni exemplifying the ways that Jewish camp impacted their lives. Follow along all summer long, and share how Jewish camp impacted your life! Tell us your story in the comments, on Facebook, or tweet @JewishCamp using the hashtag #JewishCamp. ***** An … [Read more...] about An Appreciation to Summers Spent in Paradise
By Josh Gold Here’s a quick tip to save you from a thousand-dollar mistake: If there’s one piece of advice I could make sure my clients listened to, it would be: Always have a plan. Or, to put it another way, never film “just because.” Organizations often get excited when they have a prominent speaker or special event coming up, thinking that this will be a great PR opportunity. They ask me to come in and film the speech or activity, … [Read more...] about How to Avoid a Costly Trap and Save Thousands
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland has named Erika Rudin-Luria President of the organization, effective January 1, 2019. Rudin-Luria (44) the organization’s Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, succeeds Stephen H. Hoffman (67), who will retire from this position at year end. She becomes only the fifth person to hold this title in the Federation’s 115-year history. This action is in line with the leadership transition plan the … [Read more...] about Jewish Federation of Cleveland Names New President
By Rabbi Jessica Minnen It takes money to create and sustain Jewish community, but the costs are not, as other commenters on Ari Witkin’s recent piece on free programming have noted, solely monetary. Particularly not for millennials, who consistently cite social and personal price tags alongside financial constraints as stumbling blocks en route to enduring Jewish practice. I can attest in my role as the Rabbi in Residence at OneTable that the … [Read more...] about True Price of Jewish Engagement
By Linda Gerard, MBA and Rabbi Scott Aaron, PhD "The answer is not 'Build it and they will come'; it's closer to 'If they build it, they will come.'” CHIdush participant How has our world changed from the 1950s until today, and how have our synagogue schools changed with it? At a retreat in Chicago, synagogue educators, clergy, and lay leaders armed with Post-it notes mapped out the shifts across decades in family structure, technology, … [Read more...] about CHIdush: Sparking Change in Synagogue Schools Through Collaboration