By Rob Gloster When Israel-based nonprofit Bina: The Jewish Movement for Social Change decided to plant its flag in North America, officials rejected cities such as New York and Boston. Instead, they chose Palo Alto. The organization, which operates secular yeshivas in four Israeli cities, is offering classes at the Oshman Family JCC as the kickoff to a project it hopes eventually will expand to other U.S. cities. Zoe Jick is … [Read more...] about Israel’s ‘Secular Yeshiva’ opens first U.S. outpost in Palo Alto
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
By Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson We need a word for that feeling one experiences when you either a) reply all in error or b) send a sensitive (or worse) email to the wrong person ... an easy mistake given the number of say, rabbis or David’s or Rachel’s you have on your contact list. If you don’t know that feeling, you are not only lucky, you are unusual. And also, the odds that you will experience it at some point is highly likely. I suggest we … [Read more...] about A Do Diligent Dozen List
By Casper ter Kuile A rich tapestry of practices and stories, traditions and values, Jewish education is woven through the lives of Jews and those who love them. It teaches and practically supports us to live lives of greater meaning, justice, and connection. As someone who didn’t grow up with a religious background and isn’t Jewish, my life and work have been deeply enriched by it. Through our How We Gather research at Harvard Divinity … [Read more...] about The Purpose of Jewish Education is to Help Us Become.
Incoming Limmud North America Co-Chairs Faye Rosenberg-Cohen and Sivya Twersky have hit the ground running to realize their Limmud vision across the United States and Canada. The very first step toward that end is to hire a Limmud North America director. The process has already begun. “Over the next two years, we aim to develop Limmud North America as a platform for strengthening Limmud across North America,” said newly appointed Limmud North … [Read more...] about Limmud North America on Fast Track to Engaging Thousands More
By Laura Mahler
Some methods of storytelling are more fruitful than others. And nonprofits rely heavily on being able to tell their story really well.
For instance, studies into online donor activity reveal that video is currently the hot ticket to accessing hearts and minds: with a 64% higher response rate to ‘Calls To Action’ after watching, as opposed to other formats.
A tweet with an image will get around 150% more retweets than one … [Read more...] about Want Action?
Tell Positive Visual Stories
By Seth Cohen In never-ending assessment of the greatest challenges facing the contemporary Jewish community, there is a rogues’ gallery of threats and complications (Anti-Semitism! Iran! Non-Affiliation! Israel-Diaspora Relations!). These topics grab the headlines and dominate Shabbat dinner tables, they are debated by the scholars and commentators, and they are leveraged as calling-cards for fundraising campaigns. But in my opinion, there … [Read more...] about Being Heard: What We Owe Jewish Community Professionals