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November 17th, 2014

This story comes to us from BBYO, the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For over 90 years, BBYO has provided identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens.

On November 7-8, teens of AZA and BBG (BBYO’s fraternity and sorority) celebrated Global Shabbat with peers all over the world. Below are two reflections from teen participants.

AZA and BBG Global Shabbat is a unique experience that unites Jewish teens from around the world to celebrate one of Judaism’s most important festivals together. It seems like an unreal possibility, though as the sun slipped away on Friday, November 7, our excitement grew because we knew that we could have pointed to anywhere on the globe, and there would soon be a BBYO Shabbat celebration somewhere nearby.

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November 13th, 2014

This story comes to us from Keshet, which works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in Jewish life. In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Keshet will be sharing stories on this topic throughout the month of November. Follow along here.

This article first appeared on Keshet’s blog on MyJewishLearning.

When I arrived in Falls Village, Connecticut with my wife and our two daughters 3 1/2 years ago to become the Executive Director of the Isabella Freedman Center, I had a feeling it would be a transformative experience for us.

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November 6th, 2014

Sandy Cardin is the President of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. His article recently appeared as part of The Peoplehood Papers 14, a collection of 16 essays on the topic of sustainability and Jewish peoplehood. Download the full collection here.

When I was asked to write an essay on sustainability, Jewish and global, I immediately thought of our greatest renewable resource: young people. Indeed, our future depends on our ability to inspire generation after generation of young people to take an active role in making the world a better place.

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November 3rd, 2014

We are excited to welcome JaQuanda as our new Executive Administrative Assistant in the Atlanta, GA office! Learn more about JaQuanda here.

1. Tell us what excites you most about your new position with the Foundation.

The mission and vision of the Foundation is what attracted me most to this position. I am excited to be part of an organization whose focus is on helping young adults discover their strengths and become leaders in their communities by surrounding them with a network that provides guidance and support.

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October 30th, 2014

This article was first published by eJewish Philanthropy.

Turning upside-down the stereotypical image of religious givers whose primary philanthropic concern is their own faith group, a new report released by Jumpstart reveals that charitable givers with deep connections to faith traditions are less in-group-focused than donors with looser ties.

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October 23rd, 2014

This story comes to us from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, dedicated to creating opportunities for Birthright Israel alumni to continue to experience the best of their trip even after they have returned.

Leora Maccabee Itman is Founder of TCJewfolk.com and President of Jewfolk Media, Inc., its 501(c)(3) nonprofit. TC Jewfolk.com was recently awarded a Natan/NEXT Grant for Social Entrepreneurs.

When I moved back to my hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2009 after college and law school, I wanted to connect with the Jewish community on my own terms.

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October 21st, 2014

We are excited to welcome Kate as our new Program Associate in the Atlanta, GA office! Learn more about Kate here.

1. Tell us what excites you most about your new position with the Foundation.

As a BBYO, Hillel, Challah for Hunger and JDC Entwine alum, I have learned firsthand the broad scope of the Foundation’s network. I am so excited to be joining a team whose work has influenced my life and who’s truly important mission will continue to motivate me each and every day.

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October 19th, 2014

Lynn Schusterman is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This article first appeared on eJewish Philanthropy.

Over the past month, we have celebrated the start to the Jewish new year and the series of holidays that includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. This year, I find myself even more reflective than usual, following a summer of great pain and turmoil and in the face of ongoing global challenges.

What I have always loved about these holidays is that while they invite intensely personal moments of reflection and atonement, we are expected to celebrate them as a community. Together, we are reminded of the fragility of life. Together we are reminded of all for which we must be thankful. Together we are reminded of how we, as individuals and as a community, can resolve to do better.

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October 15th, 2014

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Jay Rosen is currently director of the International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University, and hopes to continue his own research in the field of Diaspora-Homeland relations (including outside of the classic Israel-Diaspora paradigm). Jay is an amateur mixologist (in drinks and in music) and can be found at any time (except when asleep and in the shuk) sporting some form of neckwear.

Jay’s idea to create a meaningful and innovative outlet for Olim to share their experiences and ideas for the future was chosen to receive a $5,000 #MakeItHappen micro grant! #MakeItHappen asked young Jews from around the world to submit ideas for what they would do to create a meaningful experience in their Jewish communities. With the support of several community partners, more than 150 ideas were selected to receive a $1k or $5k micro grant to help them go from dream to reality! 

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October 14th, 2014

This story comes to us from Challah for Hunger, a not-for profit organization with 70+ active chapters around the globe, mostly based on university campuses, that bakes and sells challah bread and uses the proceeds to support social justice causes.  

Challah for Hunger is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is, among others, honoring Caryn Roth as a “challah baker and change maker” for her work founding the UCLA chapter and advising other chapters. The celebration will take place October 25-26, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. For more information and tickets visit: http://challah10.splashthat.com/

Caryn is a data scientist at Zipongo, a digital health company in San Francisco that makes it easy to eat well, even chocolate chip challah.

Bacon Challah? No, that’s not a typo.

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