By Seth Cohen “Gam zu l'tova. This too is for the good.” Nachum Ish Gamzu, (Talmud, Taanit, 21a) At the start of every year I find myself asking the same question: what is the purpose of a prediction? For some, the act of prediction is an effort of alarmism, and in contrast others see prognostication as an aspirational act. For me personally, I have found the act of exploring predictions as a combination of both. Yet at the start of 2019, … [Read more...] about This Too is for the Good: Seven Predictions for the Year Ahead
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The Wexner Foundation is pleased to announce Class 3 of the newly-expanded Wexner Field Fellowship. Built on the success of the pilot Wexner Field Fellowship and incubated within the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars, the program was developed in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation. Fifteen outstanding professionals were selected through a highly competitive process for this three-year intensive program. Utilizing the … [Read more...] about The Wexner Foundation Announces Class 3 of Field Fellows
Nearly 1,000 Jewish teenagers, educators, and USY staff and alumni recently came together in Orlando, FL for USY's 68th International Convention. The largest annual gathering of Conservative and Masorti Jewish teens, the convention brought together young adults from across the globe to experience and give back to the local Orlando community, engage in interactive learning, gain leadership skills, and build a strong Jewish … [Read more...] about Teens from Around the World Gather for USY’s 68th International Convention
By Daniel Olson As a doctoral candidate in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU, I have the opportunity to float between two mostly distinct worlds within Jewish education. I am stationed in a secular research university and am therefore connected to the world of Jewish Studies in higher education. But my research and professional experiences have been in the world of synagogue schools, day schools, summer camps, and Israel trips. From my … [Read more...] about Power and Vulnerability in Jewish Education
By Cyd Weissman Champagne and aspirin were the topics of a recent convening of leaders of networks in the Jewish community. We all work in vastly different settings. Yet, we share a common charge to increase connections among our constituents. To know how to foster connectivity in these uncharted times, we’ve met over the past three years to explore the question: How do we practice and invent the new art of strengthening Jewish community - … [Read more...] about Champagne and Aspirin For Strengthening Jewish Community
By Elana Nemitoff I dialed the phone number, not knowing exactly what I would say. They answered and I started talking: “Hello, my name is Elana Nemitoff, and I am one of the rabbinic interns at Congregation Or Ami. I am calling to see how you doing.” I could guess how she was doing, given that she had just lost her house to the fires raging through Southern California. She probably was in something akin to shock, anger, frustration, … [Read more...] about So That’s What Rabbis Do: A Rabbinic Student Reflects on a Synagogue’s Fire Response