by Deborah Fishman Ownership. Denominations. Lay leadership. Shuls. These were just some of the “idols” the table I hosted at Monday’s Jewish Futures Conference shouted out in a visceral reaction to what concepts the Jewish community “worships” - should be smashed. (Esther Kustanowitz reports on the idol smashing, sparked by keynote speaker Rabbi Laura Baum of OurJewishCommunity.org.) There is, of course, something liberating about smashing … [Read more...] about The Jewish Community: What Are We For?
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by David Bryfman Over the last few years I have begun to uncover one of the most startling paradoxes in Jewish communal life - that many of the most committed and passionate young Jews appear as statistical zeros in Jewish communal surveys. How is it possible, I ask myself, that these dedicated individuals have come to be known as the “unengaged” or the “unaffiliated”? The answer is that they actually are unengaged and unaffiliated, but not … [Read more...] about When the Brick Hits the Cloud
by Jonathan Woocher For millennia, community has been at the heart of Jewish life. It is by seeking to be a model community guided by principles of justice and compassion - not just a collection of moral individuals - that Jews have taken on the mission of helping to repair the world. Over many centuries the forms of Jewish community have changed, but the commitment to create and sustain institutions through which Jews can celebrate and learn … [Read more...] about Does Jewish Community Have a Future?
Deborah Fishman sits with Peter Eckstein. This interview is part of the Network-Weaver Series. [Peter Eckstein is the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens. In the past he has served in national leadership roles in CAJE (Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education) and is currently involved in other initiatives. He holds a master’s in Jewish education from Hebrew College.] What is the … [Read more...] about Network-Weaving with Peter Eckstein
by Andrea Rose Cheatham Kasper In response to last year’s Jewish Futures Conference competition on “prosumerism”, the idea of Yadaim, the Academy of Applied Academics was born. To be clear it was an idea that was in the making for well over a year which crystallized in a competitive context. The competition asked the public to critically think about how co-creation of Judaism and Jewish education can manifest itself in innovative and dynamic … [Read more...] about Yadaim, the Academy of Applied Academics – A 2011 Jewish Futures Competition Winner