Jewish Studies Rises, but We Pay the Price an opinion piece by Jacob Neusner The flourishing of Jewish studies at secular American universities in recent decades is a remarkable and profoundly important development. As students return to their campuses, it is not only those who attend Yeshiva University, Hebrew Union College or the Jewish Theological Seminary who will have access to high-level teaching and scholarship on Jewish … [Read more...] about The Future of Jewish Scholarship
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As 5771 approaches, some thoughts from Dan Brown, eJewish Philanthropy's founder: The face of Jewish philanthropy is continually changing and only time will tell if we are in the midst of evolution or a revolution. Philanthropy, which has always been a powerful force in the Jewish community, is - once again - witnessing a significant shift in both perception and management. Today’s philanthropists are more proactive, draw on a wide range of … [Read more...] about Rebuilding Our Global Jewish Family
from The Forward: JTS Undergoes Another Round of Layoffs The Jewish Theological Seminary of America underwent broad layoffs in late June, despite the chancellor’s earlier indication that no further layoffs would be forthcoming. Just weeks after announcing a new strategic plan that emphasized reducing costs and creating new revenue streams, JTS, Conservative Judaism’s flagship seminary, has terminated 15 administrative employees in an … [Read more...] about New Staff Reductions Hit JTS
Newly Ordained Find the 2010 Spiritual Job Market a Tough Place To Sell Their Wares by Larry Yudelson Last fall, Rabbi Lennard Thal gave an uncharacteristic warning to senior rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the seminary that trains Reform rabbis: Consider options other than the pulpit for your rabbinic career. Thal heads the Reform movement’s Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement. His advice … [Read more...] about New Rabbis Face Employment Challenges
by Vicki Boykis Here’s a study Peter Beinart can use in his next article. Pete, call me! I was recently asked by a friend to participate in a study conducted by Ariella Goldfein of JTS on Jewish identity among Jewish women of North America. She writes in the results, Over 400 women participated in the study, which yielded more data than my initial analysis was able to incorporate. My focus for this first analysis was childhood and … [Read more...] about Jewish Identity Among My Generation (of Ladies) in the U.S.