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Can Pew Help Us Renew?

September 18, 2014, 11:58 am

By Rabbi Hayim Herring We’re less than a week away from Rosh ha-Shanah , the peak season for personal introspection and communal reflection. Reflection on the American Jewish community leads me back to almost a year ago, when the Pew’s Study, A Portrait of Jewish Americans , was released . Read More »

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By Justin Felder I’ll always remember that feeling of disbelief, and I’m still not totally cool with it. Read More »

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1st Federation-Affiliated Jewish Women’s Fund to Launch as Independent Entity

An autonomous Jewish Women’s Foundation will be able to ensure accountability to its stakeholders, build its own infrastructure, and make its own investment decisions . Read More »

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In UK, Liberal and Reform Movements Launch Alliance for Progressive Judaism

Liberal Judaism (LJ) and the Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ) have announced an alliance between their two movements. Read More »

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Israel Can’t Do Without US Jewry

By Jay Ruderman The State of Israel has been through quite a difficult two and a half months – but at the same time, so have the Jewish communities all around the world. Read More »

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Now Is The Time: An Opportunity for Deeper Israel Education

How do you teach about Israel in the constant specter of crisis? By Ari Naveh On October 16, 1973, as Jews all over gathered together to ask for redemption, the world changed. Read More »

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By Abigail Pickus Deborah Blausten is one of the most inspiring young leaders for the Reform Movement in the United Kingdom. Yet, the 23-year-old traces her earliest pull towards progressive Judaism to – of all places – her Church of England School. Read More »

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The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young professionals in New York, has launched Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement, a new global network of giving circles inspired by Jewish values. Read More »

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Joshua Venture Group Announces 2014-16 Cohort: First All Female Cohort of Jewish Social …

Joshua Venture Group (JVG) has announced the selection of the 2014-2016 Dual Investment Program cohort which is comprised of six female social entrepreneurs with visions for creating a more dynamic, just, and inclusive Jewish community. Read More »

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Shalom TV Rebrands as JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service

Shalom TV, America’s Jewish television network, has rebranded as “JBS” – the Jewish Broadcasting Service . The rebrand reflects Shalom TV’s expanding role on the world Jewish scene as the channel positions itself to become the global English-language Jewish channel. Read More »

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L’Dor V’Dor: My Evolution Through Joshua Venture Group’s Dual Investment Program and Words of Wisdom

By Matt Bar Two years ago, when I learned that I had been selected as a 2012-2014 Fellow for Joshua Venture Group’s (JVG) Dual Investment Program , I couldn’t believe that I would be joining the ranks of such respected, successful, and impactful individuals. Read More »

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Between Anti-Semitism and Economic Malaise, Jewish Life in France Continues

“In today’s France, there are reasons for despair. But there are also reasons for hope.” Laurent David Samama By Liam Hoare Nowhere are the problems for Jews in Europe in 2014 more evident than in France – but not everyone is reaching for the oft-mentioned suitcase. These problems are much discussed and well-known. Read More »

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There is a double-edged sword to continually looking for outside support for Israeli organizations . By Stephen G. Read More »

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The Building Blocks of Jewish Education

By Dr. Barry Chazan [This article is the second in Advancing Jewish Leadership: A Series on Jewish Context and Professional Practices. Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is currently marking its 90th anniversary with the launch of the Center for Jewish Leadership. Read More »

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Gilad Sharon at the exhibition opening; photo by Yossi Aloni. Minsk, Belarus, Sept. 15 – A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place today in Minsk at the National History Museum of Belarus, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State. Read More »

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By Avital Chizhik special to eJP With the arrival of a breezy autumn in Kharkov, students have begun a new school year amidst continuous tension. With the 5-month-old conflict’s death toll reaching 3,000 according to UN reports, and talks of a ceasefire, most Ukrainian high school students are returning from summers rife with anxiety and fear. Read More »

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7 Suggestions for Synagogues at the “Apple Reveal” of the Jewish Calendar

By Nanette Fridman, MPP and JD My 11 year old like much of the world was aware of the Apple iPhone 6 reveal date and hurried home from school to watch it on YouTube. Apple knew that enthusiasts and investors alike anxiously awaited the day and that they had an excited and captive audience. Read More »

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Experiential Jewish Education: What We Are Doing To Grow It.

By Shuki Taylor In recent years, the field of experiential Jewish education (EJE) has been subject to much attention. Read More »

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On Friday morning, 300 kilometers east of Minsk, Limmud FSU’s 2nd Belarus Festival (ART Limmud) opened. 700 participants traveled to Vitebsk – the birthplace of Marc Chagall – from various cities around Belarus; they were joined by friends from Russia, Ukraine, Israel and the U.S. Read More »

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JDC’s newly appointed country director Alex Kushnir lights Ralph’s birthday cake with Chaim Chesler and event performers looking on. At the opening gala of Limmud FSU’s Festival in Vitebsk (Belarus), the organization saluted Ralph Goldman on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Read More »

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Moving From Jewish Programming to Inspired Judaism

When people ask me what comes after Moishe House , I no longer believe it can be another Jewish program . It has to be Judaism . By David Cygielman There is a lot of conversation about the notion of “free” in the Jewish community, particularly around college and young adult programming. Read More »

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Crisis, Opportunity and Engaging Birthrighters

By Andrew Fretwell Moments of crisis often reveal many insights about our Jewish community, if we can decode them properly. Read More »

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By Shira Heller We’ve all known that teacher. He may be young or old, but his best teaching days are behind him. And that’s because he’s burnt out. Maybe he’s just lost his spark, and is going through his teaching days giving the same tired lessons in the same tired way. Read More »

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Birthright Israel and Intermarriage

By Edmund Case and Jodi Bromberg Taglit-Birthright Israel may well be the most effective program ever designed and implemented to strengthen Jewish engagement among young Jews. A just-released study confirms many positive impacts of Birthright Israel on marriage and family choices. Read More »

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Back to School for the Jewish Philanthropic Community

By Karen Berman The recent Giving USA Report, researched in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, revealed that charitable giving is up. Contributions have grown by 22% since 2009, almost back to pre-recession peaks. In the Jewish/Israel segment of the philanthropic world, overall news is also good. Read More »

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All You Need is Love … And a Rubic, Part II

By Yael Silk What does a love of learning look like? Can you observe it in a classroom? What is unique about a love of Jewish learning? How might you measure this in a religious school setting? These are only some of the questions that educators and Read More »

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Opening The Door

By Rabbi Adam Greenwald and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson Resisting the storm of ethnic panic that erupted after last year’s publication of the Pew Study of American Jews , the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University (AJU) is an oasis of calm. Read More »

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Lisa “back in the day;” courtesy Lisa. By Rabbi Lisa Tzur I have often joked that I am the poster child of the URJ. Read More »

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Are We Even Giving Them One Foot to Stand On?

Parents entrust us with their children, and we in turn entrust them to our teachers. Why not give our teachers the training and support they need to give our students their best? By Jessica Downey My fellow educators and I are getting ready to open our supplementary schools. This is an exciting and frightening time all at once. Read More »

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The Challenges of Major Gifts Fundraising

By Gil Israeli What is one critical difference between an organization that has raised several major gifts and the organization that continuously raises major gifts, maintaining a growing major gifts program? In brief, the latter nurtures longevity in all its relationships and reflexively understands that longevity is the key to nurturance. Read More »

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Jewish Community Foundation of LA Invites Proposals for Cutting Edge Grants Initiative

Los Angeles, Ca. – Sept. 9, 2014 – The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) has announced a deadline of Nov. 26, 2014, to apply for its Cutting Edge Grants Initiative. Read More »

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Vitebsk, Belarus, Sept. 9 – Over 600 young Jews, mostly professionals 20-40 years old, will come together on Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk for Limmud FSU, a festival of Jewish learning. There are currently about 70,000 Jews living in Belarus. Limmud FSU Belarus will take place in the hometown of Marc Chagall, at the Vitebsk National Museum of Fine Arts. Read More »

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Participants in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Camp reading from a Torah scroll in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in August 2014; photo by Roman Ibragimov. By Elaine Berke JNS.org Siberia is not known for its welcoming appeal. Read More »

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photo courtesy Taglit-Birthright Israel Taglit-Birthright Israel has launched its improved application portal for the 2014/2015 Winter season. Registration is now open at www.BirthrightIsrael.com . Read More »

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Advancing Jewish Leadership: A Series on Jewish Context and Professional Practices

” Great Jewish communities require great Jewish leaders .” Series Introduction: Insights from the Field and the Classroom By Dr. Dean P. Read More »

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By Dr. Donald A. Sylvan and Daniel Fine In the September 2 issue of eJewish Philanthropy , Alina Dain Sharon discussed her observations about what campuses in the US will face as the academic year begins. Our challenges on campuses here in Canada are similar, but not identical, and our approach is a bit different. Read More »

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Changing Communal Culture

[The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and Clal’s CLI program. The Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI) is a two-year program to support and encourage early career congregational rabbis in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation. Read More »

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photo courtesy Pardes The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies known for inspiring life-long connections to Jewish life and to Israel, has announced that over the last year multiple foundations have collectively invested more than $4 million in Pardes, Read More »

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By Arlene D. Schiff Maintaining the vibrancy and strength of Jewish communities across the country continues to be a concern for those of us involved, whether professionally or as lay leaders, in the Jewish communal enterprise. Read More »

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By Rabbi Elliot Goldberg This summer, I began my tenure a Head of School at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. A few weeks in, I received an envelope from CJP, Boston’s Federation, containing a letter accompanied by a check for a significant donation to the school. Read More »

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Sparking a Jewish Learning Renaissance: a Flipped Model

By Dr. Ariel Burger For over 25 years, Boston’s Jewish Federation, Combined Jewish Philanthopies (CJP), has been uniquely committed to transforming Jewish life. Read More »

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Eric Fingerhut speaks with former student board member JoHanna Rothseid. Credit: Shahar Azran for Hillel. By Alina Dain Sharon JNS. Read More »

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Anthony Quintano from Hillsborough, NJ, performs the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Credit: Kim Quintano via Wikimedia Commons. By Maayan Jaffe JNS. Read More »

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Meeting with President Shimon Peres; (l-r) Matthew Bronfman, Shimon Peres, Aaron Frenkel, Chaim Chesler, Sandra Cahn; courtesy Chaim Chesler. [With the fall Limmud FSU schedule in full swing, Asher Weill sat with Chaim Chesler – a long-time advocate for Soviet Jewry and Founder of Limmud FSU. Read More »

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What Does Israel Education Look Like NOW?

By Dan Finkel Jewish educational networks buzzed all summer with questions about how to handle returning to school in the wake of the conflict in Israel and Gaza this past summer. Read More »

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The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: Marriage and Family

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies has released “The Impact of Taglit -Birthright Israel: Marriage and Family.” This report examines Taglit ‘s long-term impact on participants with a special focus on their decisions about marriage and children. Read More »

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For more information, and to visit aepigivesback.org, click the image. Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), the global Jewish college fraternity, launched a $1,000,000 commitment to 10 Jewish philanthropies at its 101st International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Read More »

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Class of 2014: Abraham Geiger College’s New Clergy; photo courtesy WUPJ. On September 2, in the city’s first rabbinic ordination since before World War II, four rabbis and three cantors were ordained at a ceremony in the White Stork synagogue in Wroclaw, Poland. Read More »

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Jewish children in the Drancy internment camp, France, 1942. Photo: Memorial de la Shoah via Claims Conference. Read More »

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Gratz College Announces Master’s Midcareer Fellowships in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal …

Gratz College is delighted has announced the creation of fourteen Midcareer Fellowships: seven for the Gratz master’s in Jewish Education and seven for the Gratz master’s in Jewish Communal Service . Read More »

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Talking About Israel with Our Students

To make Jewish schools safe spaces in which students can learn about Israel, teachers must establish explicit ground rules for conversations. These ground rules must honor a diversity of beliefs and allow students to participate in respectful dialogue . By Sivan Zakai and Jonah Hassenfeld Pencils are sharpened and backpacks are full. Read More »

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Jewish Community Youth Foundation (Princeton, NJ) teen participants; photo courtesy. The Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) is excited to announce a new initiative, the Foundation Board Incubator. Read More »

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Launching what has become one of its most anticipated and successful initiatives, NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation today unveiled its 2014 High Holidays Initiative designed to connect Birthright Israel alumni and young Jewish adults to High Holiday events, to their peers, and to Jewish community organizations. Read More »

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Chana Gopin (standing), with friends at a Chanukah activity in Lugansk. By Chana Gopin “I’ve dreamed a lot of dreams. I’ve dreamed about what I would do with my life, how my family would look, and how I’d develop the community to which I’m a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary. But what’s happening now wasn’t in the dreams. Read More »

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Synagogue Engagement Strategies: Lessons Learned from Operation “Protective Edge”

By Nanette Fridman, MPP, JD and Guy Sapirstein, PhD The recent round of fighting in Gaza was accompanied domestically and internationally by public rallies and demonstrations as well as online with a social media onslaught. While the public demonstrations of support were heartwarming, they nonetheless highlight a cause for concern. Read More »

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A Third Approach – Alone with the Sources

By Aryeh Ben David Ten years ago – when I began talking about the need for bringing Jewish learning into our hearts – my colleagues referred to me as a flake. One generously called me – “The Fluffer Rebbe.” Five years ago – people started listening. Read More »

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Leading Cultural Change

By Jane Taubenfeld Cohen [Many school leaders believe that school culture just happens by itself – and they are absolutely correct in that notion. You really don’t have to do anything for your school to form its own unique atmosphere. Read More »

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Photo by J.D. Lasica By John Haydon If you’re like most nonprofit communicators, you have a list of specific quarterly or yearly goals. No doubt they include growing your e-mail list, acquiring new donors and increasing engagement on your Facebook updates. But whatever your goals are, make sure they cover these seven tips below: 1. Read More »

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Jewish Community Foundation (LA) Awards $1.5m. in Cutting Edge Grants

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) has announced $1.5 million in Cutting Edge Grants to seven local nonprofit organizations for highly innovative programs that are intended to engage diverse segments of the Jewish community ranging from college students and senior adults to the LGBTQ population and interfaith families. Read More »

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