by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin In our recent posting about the just concluded 2011 Biennial of the Reform Movement, we lovingly chided the Union for Reform Judaism’s successful conference for focusing inadequately on preparing its leaders and constituents for the challenges of not just understanding philanthropy, but doing it. That is not to say that charitable giving is not happening, but philanthropy should be happening more and be … [Read more...] about “Takeaways” from WRJ’s Assembly and URJ’s Biennial: Women and Youth Lead the Way
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by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin The largest Jewish gathering in America - the Biennial of the Reform Movement - took place last week near Washington, D.C., attracting more than 5,000 committed Jews affiliated with 500 Reform congregations across the United States and Canada. Without any doubt, this was a memorable, electrifying event that will be talked about for weeks, months ... or maybe even years ahead. With President Barack Obama … [Read more...] about Reflecting on URJ’s Biennial: Where Is Encouraging Philanthropy?
The Union for Reform Judaism's (URJ) Greene Family Camp (GFC) announced the establishment of the Isaac Mayer Wise Academy Eco-Village at GFC in Bruceville, Texas. Through the Eco-Village, some of which will be complete by next summer, campers will produce their own food, build their own communities, and explore the natural world in a more in-depth way. For many city-dwelling campers, this will be a transformative experience. It will be a place … [Read more...] about Isaac Mayer Wise Academy and URJ Camp Establish Eco-Village
The Foundation for Jewish Camp has received a $3.3 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation and AVI CHAI Foundation for a pilot initiative that will create senior experiential Jewish educator positions to be shared by nonprofit Jewish overnight camps and Jewish day or synagogue schools. This groundbreaking program, Nadiv, has several goals. The first is to experiment with a new model that could enhance the quality of education at Jewish … [Read more...] about Foundation for Jewish Camp Receives Grant for Pilot Jewish Educator Program
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced today the recommendation of Rabbi Richard Jacobs for President of the organization, to succeed Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, who will retire in 2012 after 16 years in the position. If formally selected, Rabbi Jacobs, who has been the senior rabbi at one of the most vibrant congregations in North America for 20 years, will be only the fourth president of the URJ in the last 68 years. The board of trustees … [Read more...] about Rabbi Richard Jacobs Slated as New URJ President