By Robert Leventhal The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted many of the programs, services and convening that make synagogues meaningful to their members. It has also challenged congregational leadership to use technology to engage their members in community connections, both for ritual and learning. Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America said it best in his … [Read More...] about Emerging Leadership Lessons from the Crisis
By Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman, Ph.D.
In recent weeks, North American Jews have entered a new phase in our collective confrontation with the novel coronavirus. Even as the illness continues to spread and the death toll rises, pressures are mounting to return to work and to open markets and communal spaces. Whether we are leading organizations or trying to keep our loved ones safe, we now weigh … [Read More...] about Navigating the Coronavirus:
Jewish Values to Guide Institutions and Individuals Now
By Phreddy Nosanwisch “Chaim,” our two-year-old, hadn’t gone past the threshold of our two-bedroom apartment in over two weeks. We had a blast making cake until I wouldn’t let him eat the batter with raw egg yolks. Then he screamed and cried and threw sticky spoons and fistfuls of flour while I slipped the cake […]
The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has selected Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz to be its eighth Chancellor. A renowned expert on Jewish American history with more than three decades of experience as a professor and institutional leader, Dr. Schwartz will be the first woman to lead as chancellor of JTS in the institution’s 134-year history. Dr. […]
By Nanette Fridman Events and galas have been cancelled and postponed. Original spring appeals were pulled. Nonetheless, over the last three months, I (and many other fundraising experts) have encouraged nonprofits to continue to communicate with their donors and to keep fundraising. This is certainly true for critical services and programs during this pandemic and […]
By Rabbi Ofek Meir “It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”Pirke Avot As the corona virus traveled from country to country and each country tried to “flatten the curve,” one by one they closed their borders, shut down commerce and sent all the students […]