By Dr. Bill Robinson On January 13th and 14th, we are gathering together doers, thinkers, and visionaries from across the field of Jewish education to answer a question, our teacher Jonathan Woocher (z”l), posed in 2013. Twentieth-century Jewish education was designed to answer the question, “How can we ensure that individuals remain ‘good’ Jews, even as they become good (and successful) Americans” Jewish education must respond to a subtly, … [Read more...] about Striving for Shlemut: An Emerging Approach to Jewish Education
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
By Aaron Dorfman and Rabbi Ayalon Eliach Two out of every three Americans believe democracy is getting weaker. The other third has apparently not watched the news for the past 10 years. The weakening of democracy should concern all of us irrespective of our political leanings because democracy transcends partisanship. It is the container that allows us to even have debates about how best to govern ourselves, the context that enables us to … [Read more...] about Can Jewish Wisdom Help Save Democracy?
By Ayalon Eliach At Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, we see immense value in the ancient Jewish tradition of feedback. Without input from others, we miss critical perspectives. With those perspectives, however, we “sharpen each other” so that our ideas and work become as refined as possible (Babylonian Talmud, Ta’anit 7a). We are proud of the reactions we received to the Jewish Futures Conference that we hosted with The Jewish … [Read more...] about Learning Together and from Jewish Wisdom to Elevate American Democracy
By Dr. Bill Robinson "How can we help Jews draw on and use their Jewishness to live more meaningful, fulfilling, responsible lives?" Jonathan Woocher (z”l) in Rabbi Sid Schwarz’s Jewish Megatrends I believe that we stand at the cusp of a new era of revitalized Jewish living and learning. We see this in the emerging forms of intentional spiritual community. We hear this in the voices of children as they make sense of Jewish texts and rituals … [Read more...] about Thriving, Flourishing, Covenantal Community, Intentional Spiritual Communities, and Positive Judaism: How To Lead In An Emergent Movement?
By Abby Levine and Dara Steinberg Back in September 2016 we shared with you The Uncertain Road: Story of a Collaboration - Part 1. We billed it as “the first chapter of a story about collaboration” - wanting to share in-the-moment thoughts and observations from both the perspective of funders and programmatic organizations, all the better to use our experience to learn with the sector and field, regardless of outcome. Part 1 took us through … [Read more...] about Story of a Collaboration – Part 2