UJA-Federation of New York has issued its annual High Holiday Guide, which includes synagogues and community centers with services open to the community, covering all denominations in the five boroughs; Nassau and Suffolk county Long Island; and Westchester. To access the guide, visit https://www.ujafedny.org/find-a-service/. … [Read more...] about UJA Releases Annual Guide to High Holiday Services
By Alex Roth-Kahn and Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld
(An installment in the series Spotlight on Poverty, a partnership between JFN and eJewish Philanthropy.)
Fifty-four years ago, President Lyndon Johnson first uttered the now famous phrase “the war on poverty” in his State of the Union address. When he spoke in 1964, a staggering 19% of Americans were considered poor, equaling 36 million Americans at the time. Today, the poverty rate may have … [Read more...] about Poverty:
We Can Do Better Than That
UJA-Federation of NY is accepting applications for the YESH Institute for Newish Jewish Professionals. YESH is UJA Federation's newest professional development program, and is designed for professionals who’ve been working in the Jewish nonprofit sector for 2-4 years. Individuals who work in the Jewish nonprofit world - including in synagogues, local JCCs or international nonprofits - in New York, Westchester, and Long Island are … [Read more...] about UJA-Fed NY Launches YESH Institute for Newish Jewish Professionals
By Kate Lauzar
Every machloket (argument/conflict) which is l’shem shamayim (for the sake of Heaven) is destined to endure.
And that which is not l’shem shamayim, is destined not to endure.
Mishna Avot 5:17
Rabbinic Judaism has always valued makhloket. In fact, the Talmud is filled with debate, often including the (minority) argument that wasn’t chosen as law, expressly to underscore the value of hearing and respecting differing opinions. Our … [Read more...] about Navigating Third Rail Issues:
How Synagogues Can Talk about Tough Issues in a Healthy Way
By Cantor Adina Frydman “I really do love the work. But I think the biggest challenge is the lack of clarity around the position.” - Response from a Synagogue Executive Director Synagogues are engaged in sacred work, and in the ideal world, the synagogue team is dedicated to furthering this sacred purpose by effectively executing their unique roles. And yet, we sense that key members of the professional and lay team feel stymied by … [Read more...] about The Synagogue Executive Director: A Changing Role for Changing Times