By Josh Rolnick Two women sit side-by-side at a table lost in the same book. A man sits nearby, hands clasped, leaning forward over a text, absorbed by a shared thought. A child stands reading at the far end of the table facing a grandfatherly figure, who reclines in a high-backed chair before yet another open book, as if satiated by the swirl of learning and conversation. The painting is called “Shabbat Afternoon.” Ironically, perhaps, it … [Read more...] about Possibility Knocks: Designing a Tool for Engagement
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By Jonathan Woocher It isn’t really the 25th anniversary of what came to be called the “Jewish continuity” endeavor in North America. The first Continuity Commission was established in Cleveland before the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey was mounted; and the first results of the 1990 NJPS - including the alarm-ringing, hand-wringing statistic of a 52% intermarriage rate - didn’t appear until the calendar had turned. But, 1990 is a … [Read more...] about “Jewish Continuity” at 25: What Did We Achieve? What Have We Learned?
By Josh Miller Within Jewish tradition, an appreciation for the importance of shared measurement tools dates back to biblical times. In Deuteronomy 25:15 the Torah teaches: “a perfect and honest measure shall you have, so that your days shall be lengthened on the land…” There are many reasons why it is valuable to have and to honor our universal systems for measurement. These fundamental tools enable us to describe what we observe, compare … [Read more...] about Shared Measurement Tools for Jewish Education: Could It Happen?