By Rabbi David Minkus and Rabbi Ari Moffic We have noticed that many Jewish adults who are trying to describe their Jewishness go to a negative place first. They see themselves as the proverbial “bad Jew” as opposed to being proud and confident about their Jewish identity and expression. The reasons for this are varied but are often based on the premise that we aren’t doing enough. We don’t observe the commandments, we don’t belong to … [Read more...] about We are Open to the Community
By Eric M. Robbins Every leader of a major community organization devotes time to staffing, and when you are not staffed-up, your organization runs at a disadvantage. And every so often, there’s a search that involves soul-searching - a staffing decision that speaks to the core of who we are, and why we must innovate in order to survive and thrive - which is how I would describe my community’s current search for a Director of Global Jewish … [Read more...] about Navigating between Community and Peoplehood
A Complex Answer By Dr. Shlomi Ravid Framing the issue In recent months two important articles by Yehuda Kurtzer and Gidi Grinstein opened a conversation that is no less than crucial to the Jewish future. I would like to humbly add my perspective to this conversation. While agreeing with most of their analysis and recommendations I would like to highlight one dimension that is key to the challenge at hand. I full heartedly agree with … [Read more...] about Can Peoplehood Consciousness Narrow the Gap Between Israel and American Jewry?
Peoplehood is Here to be Re-Envisioned: A response to Steven Windmueller By Dr. Shlomi Ravid In his recent article "The Jewish Marketplace: Introducing the New American Jew," Steven Windmueller offers an enlightening analysis of the changing characteristics of American Jewry, including the attributes or characteristics of Jewish communal behavior that contribute to the shaping of the New American Jew. While I agree with most of his … [Read more...] about Peoplehood is Here to be Re-Envisioned
At Shavuot, which begins on the evening of Tuesday May 30th, there is a tradition of staying up all night and learning in a 'Tikkun Leyl Shavuot.' The Limmud Chavruta Project is delighted to present its fourth downloadable Chavruta study materials for your Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. This year the material is on the theme of Peoplehood, and invites us to explore the relationship between choice and recognition, the diversity of Jewish identity … [Read more...] about Limmud Chavruta Tikkun Leyl Resource for Shavuot 2017