From Generation to Generation an opinion piece by David Sax Last week, my father was looking for help. He’d recently teamed up with an Israeli nonprofit serving the mentally disabled, and wanted to recruit younger Jews to head up outreach in Canada. So naturally, he came to his 31-year-old son to help him bring young Jews aboard. I called the first friend I could think of: a passionate Zionist who’d served in the Israeli army. “I can’t,” … [Read more...] about Connecting to the Next Generation, Continually
A new generation entering the field of philanthropy brings new blood, new energy and new ideas. While it may feel hard to make room at the table for leaders with fewer years of experience, members of Generations X and Y have a greater understanding of today’s global and connected world; their know-how and skills can benefit a foundation’s grantmaking and communications. from The Huffington Post: Who's in Charge Here? Retaining the Next … [Read more...] about Retaining the Next Generation
from The Fundermentalist: What do the chairs of Hillel and the Jewish Federations of North America have in common? ... According to Kathy Manning, who took over as the JFNA's chairperson back in the fall, the federations are looking at four components of the challenge of connecting with younger Jews: Jews now are on the move. While it might have been a given in the past that Jews would either stay where they were or move to one of … [Read more...] about The Challenge of Connecting With Younger Jews
Recently, a wonderful young leader, Seth Cohen of Atlanta, wrote a blog piece advocating that younger leaders and funders would do well to learn from and not dismiss the wisdom of those whose life experience might provide welcome insights for them. He called that older group “WiseGen.” At first blush, I was inclined to read this as a “shout out” to my own work. After all, for several years, the name of this blog, the address of our website, … [Read more...] about “WiseGen”…. If Only!
The recession has hastened an affordability crisis and highlighted the perverse refusal of the American Jewish community to look after its own first. Jack Wertheimer writing in Commentary Magazine: The High Cost of Jewish Living The nexus between Jews and money, a topic of perennial curiosity for philo-Semites and anti-Semites alike, has drawn renewed interest during the economic downturn. With most attention riveted on the … [Read more...] about The Priority of Affordability