by Ramie Arian “That felt a lot like camp!” said the woman next to me at the conclusion of the Friday evening service during the recent Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Judging from her tone, she approved. Indeed, it had felt “a lot like camp,” I thought, thou … [Read more...] about On the Influence of Camp
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by Avi Herring Over the past several decades, two of the pillars of American Jewish communal consensus - fighting anti-Semitism and supporting Israel unconditionally - have crumbled. But instead of exploring why our consensus has fallen apart and working together to find new … [Read more...] about End the Polemics and Restore Dialogue to the Jewish Community
by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky Ten years ago, the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) released a landmark survey of participants in engagement programs, which clarified many of the best practices that are still of paramount relevancy today to any Jewish communal professional interested in … [Read more...] about Was 2011 the Tipping Point for “Public Space Judaism”?
by Mark S. Young As we begin 2012, I predict that experiential education in the Jewish world will continue to be a hot topic. Last month, I attended the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial where Jon Woocher, Chief Ideas Officer at JESNA (I love his title), continued to press t … [Read more...] about Framing the Training for Our Emerging Jewish Experiential Educators
by Jacob Sorrells For those of us who are deeply involved in the Jewish community, it seems at times that the issues and challenges we face are insurmountable. We make it our business to study the trends of engagement in Jewish life, and we commit ourselves to doing whatever … [Read more...] about Bucking the Trends: Teens Call for Collaboration and a Place at the Table