By Yosef I. Abramowitz There are times when the Jewish world came together to add yet another miracle to our collective story, and most of these examples revolve around Israel under attack and dramatic aliyah. “Given the fractiousness of the Jewish community, the relative unity achieved in the battle for the liberation of Soviet Jews - large swaths of the spectrum, from left to right, religiously and politically, in Israel and in the Diaspora … [Read more...] about The Next Big Thing?
The shifting plate tectonics of Jewish life
By Yosef I. Abramowitz
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
The Holy Land is trembling. And so, too, should world Jewry.
Defying conventional physics, tremors from a July earthquake in Israel were felt thousands of miles away in North American Jewish communities already battered by a series of shock waves coming out of earthly Jerusalem.
“Today we heard … [Read more...] about Of Federations
and Fault Lines
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
[Reprinted with permission from Sh’ma Now, a curated monthly conversation on Jewish Sensibilities. These articles, examining the differences between philanthropy and tzedakah, originally appeared in October 2001.] By Barry Shrage Jewish federations are in the process of profound and radical change. Some of these changes appear to be problematic. Mega-donors are developing new program ideas and ”imposing” them on local and national … [Read more...] about Expanding Options in an Expanding Community
The Jewish Federation of Broward County has launched the Yetta Sher Solutions Award and Micro Grants. The Yetta Sher Solutions Award and Micro Grants are intended to inspire individuals, organizations and agencies to develop and implement new or enhanced projects that meet significant community needs or create meaningful opportunities in Broward County. Beginning in 2019, a “Solutions Award” of up to $500,000 will be granted to a single … [Read more...] about Broward County Federation announces Solutions Award and Micro Grants