The Week That Was: October 2-8

A new feature – appearing every Sunday – on the eJewish Philanthropy website: the five most popular posts of the previous week.

The New 10 Commandments of Strategy: Planning for our Uncertain World
by Andres Spokoiny

The unpredictability of the world impacts us at every level, from our business practices all the way to our very sense of self. It’s hard to find and define our place in a world when our points of reference are themselves constantly shifting. For organizations too, planning and forecasting has become something between impossible and irrelevant.

Re-Inventing Jewish Education: Reconfiguring a Fractured Landscape
by Adam Gaynor

In short, when the environment is this tough, organizations need to see themselves as part of a larger, integrated communal structure. They need to focus on both vision and capacity. They need to be less proprietary about their constituents and need to collaborate with others on community needs-assessments, long-term strategic visioning exercises, intelligent financial and business planning, partnerships that reduce overhead, and the re-alignment of “catchment areas.”

Are Jewish Sororities an Untapped Opportunity?
by Susan Weidman Schneider

I’ve been revisiting a 1997 article in Lilith entitled “Jewish Latency,” featured on the cover as “The Jews We Lose.” It’s all about a project Lilith created with the help of a grant from New York UJA-Federation to engage New York Jews in their 20s, just out of college, who found no niche in the Jewish world after having felt very empowered in their campus years.

Why Yom Kippur is Also a Day of Joy: Its Implications for the Philanthropic Community

by Michael Bohnen

Last week, Yossi Prager wrote a thoughtful piece explaining why Rosh Hashana is not only a day of awe, but also a day of joy. Can the same thing be said of Yom Kippur, the most somber of our holidays? The answer is yes.

A Closer Look at Titles
by Stephen Donshik

Have you ever thought about how important someone’s title is to them? We know that people who have advanced academic and professional degrees have titles such as Dr. or Prof. and these titles remain affixed to their name even if they are not related to their position within an organization.

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