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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By Dustin Stern The day after I returned from Camp OSRUI (Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute), I had this strong feeling in my chest that I had never felt before. It felt incredible, it felt empowering. It was as if there was an energy within me that was trying to be released. I had just engaged in four immersive days and nights of Trybal Gatherings’ Jewish overnight camp for young adults. I didn’t know what was happening, but all I kept … [Read more...] about My Trybal Experience
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. There is something compelling and extraordinarily impressive about Millennials. I had occasion this past week to work with a number of these 25-40 year olds. The range of their experiences, interests, and even accomplishments is significant, but more profound, would be their Jewish commitment and passion. Millennials demonstrate their unique and accomplished position within their respective societies and on … [Read more...] about Encountering Global Jewish Millennials: Nahum Goldmann Fellowship