By Baylee Less “I didn’t even know there were Jews in Memphis.” Memphis is known as the home of Elvis, the Blues, mouth-watering barbeque, and even the National Civil Rights Museum - but a large Jewish community? Not really. Situated in the center of the Bible Belt, our 8,500-person Jewish community works with great intention and proven innovation to create and sustain a strong, vibrant Jewish heart in the South. Memphis will never be a … [Read more...] about Millennial Connection, Redefined by a Southern Jewish Community
By Rabbi Jen Gubitz
It's Shabbat morning, October 27. On the other side of the river from our synagogue, Temple Israel of Boston, we’re gathered for Shabbat brunch in a Cambridge co-working space to explore the question: What is a soul? The group of young adults have wandered through wisdom drawn from Shabbat morning liturgy (Elohai Neshama), Mumford & Sons (Awake My Soul), and modern experiences (SoulCycle or “That’s soul crushing!”). … [Read more...] about Emergent Communities and Legacy Institutions Investing Together
a.k.a. Emergent Seekers Do Go to Temple
By Daniel S. Horwitz I’d like to make a $25,000 investment in your work this year. Now - how can we best leverage those dollars in order to raise additional ones for the organization? This question, posed to me somewhat nonchalantly by a young adult donor over lunch, almost made me spit out my food from shock. Talk about a dream come true! But how to make the most of the opportunity? The Well, now in its 4th year serving Metro Detroit’s … [Read more...] about How To Turn $25k into $100k: Lessons From Cultivating Young Adult Donors
By Yana Tolmacheva Recently I’ve been reflecting on my experience leading the 7th Annual Moishe House Russian Speaking Jews (RSJ) Training Conference, held in Chisinau, Moldova this September. Well-timed with Rosh Hashanah, the three days spent learning together with 45 young leaders (22-32 years old) from the Moishe House RSJ global network truly brought to life the meaning of community and the efforts to engage the RSJ community to … [Read more...] about For Russian-Speaking Jews, Creating a Place to Call Home
By Joel Abramson
With the high holidays behind us, I can finally share my biggest secret. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and even Sukkot give me incredible anxiety! Passover does too, but not likely for the reason you think. It’s not because I’m worried about knowing all the traditions, or making enough food, and it’s not about sitting through hours and hours of service worrying about the meaning of it all.
No. What really stresses me out … [Read more...] about You want Young People to Join Your Synagogue?
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