By Jackie Subar We have all heard the expression “put your money where your mouth is.” It’s a valuable reminder to stand behind your convictions. But, when it comes to philanthropic giving, perhaps we should be saying, “put your hands where your money is.” While it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, its message is just as important, and resonates deeply with our Young Leadership team at The Jewish Federation of Greater … [Read more...] about Putting Our Hands Where Our Money Is
By Rabbi Amy Bardack I could write a book on how to guide a Jewish community in the aftermath of a mass shooting. I pray that no one will have to read it. But given the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, your town might be next. So let me help you. I am a rabbi at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Our job, in normal times, is to assess the needs of the community and determine how to meet those needs. It is because of the way we … [Read more...] about Shepherding a Jewish Community through a Mass Shooting
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