The Kohelet Prize is awarded annually, by the Kohelet Foundation, to educators or teams of educators who demonstrate extraordinary accomplishment in one of the core elements of progressive Jewish education. Five categories receive a $36,000 unrestricted cash prize and one category is awarded $18,000. Since 2017, twelve prizes have been awarded to dedicated, exciting educators from across North America. Click here to view previous winners, … [Read more...] about Kohelet Prize Accepting Entries until November 27, 2018
Jewish Philanthropy. Chronicled.
By Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene Part 1 In the words of the old Chinese curse, we live in interesting times. Never before in Jewish history have so many people been engaged in Torah study across the globe. Never before in Jewish history have so many Jewish schools operated. Yet at the same time, despite all of this Jewish learning taking place, there are legions of Jews who are abysmally ignorant of their heritage, and myriads of children who … [Read more...] about Jewish Literacy
By Michael Hoffman and Lynne Lieberman Every day, every decision we make, we ask ourselves the same question: What do we want for our children? What can we offer them that will ensure a vibrant Jewish future for our community? And every time we arrive at the same answer: Without a solid foundation of Jewish learning, we risk that future. But the field of Jewish education is facing a tremendous challenge in the 21st century: How do we … [Read more...] about Unique Partnership Serves Up Recipe for Success in Congregational Education
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. Six years ago, as this nation was coming out of the 2008-2010 recession, I prepared an article for this publication, entitled “The Third American Jewish Revolution.” As we look back both on that specific time frame and examine what has transpired since the release of that article, how well did Jewish organizations manage in dealing with the impact of the recession and what changes are we able to identify in its … [Read more...] about Revisiting the Third American Jewish Revolution: Reoccurring Themes, New Perspectives
Momentum vs. moments & the springboard for work, school & life By Tamara Rebick The sun had set. The shofar had sounded. Hints of honey cake, orange juice and coffee could be smelled. Yom Kippur 5779 concluded and as we walked home from the synagogue, the street was filled with people wishing each other Shana Tova while rushing to break-fast meals. Perplexed by a Shana Tova greeting on Yom Kippur, my younger daughter asked me why … [Read more...] about Is the Jewish New Year Actually Behind Us?
By Alyssa A. DiRusso More than half of Americans give money to charity. But the number of donors who donate has declined in recent years and could fall further because millions of U.S. taxpayers who make donations are now losing a built-in incentive for charitable giving. The tax code overhaul that went into effect in 2018 may cut the proportion of people who itemize their tax returns, thereby getting the ability to claim the charitable … [Read more...] about A Proposed Tax Break for the Masses Designed to Spur Giving