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?
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
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
By Dr. Bill Robinson and Dr. Jeffrey Kress At least since the publication of A Time to Act (1990), Jewish education has been operating in crisis mode. The findings of and reactions to the 2013 Pew study added fuel to this fire. We’d like to propose that we shift into opportunity mode. Innovative initiatives have been undertaken in secular education to promote thriving, or flourishing. These terms refer to the ability and opportunity to … [Read more...] about From Crisis to an Opportunity to Thrive: Announcing the Fellowship in Educating for Applied Jewish Wisdom