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July 31st, 2014

This summer, 59 REALITY participants and Detroit Federation young adult members were invited to be part of the inaugural TALMA program. In partnership with Schusterman and the Steinhardt Foundation, Israel’s Ministry of Education started TALMA in order to offer students a rigorous and fun summer learning opportunity to improve their skills in English. The REALITY group joined forces with 55 Israeli educators to teach in 14 schools throughout Nazareth Illit and Migdal Ha’emek in northern Israel.

Dan Adler is a REALITY Leadership 2013 participant and currently works as a sixth grade science teacher at UP Academy Leonard in Lawrence, MA. His remarks given at the close of the TALMA summer program are presented here.

Good afternoon. My name is Dan Adler. I am a sixth grade science teacher in Lawrence, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, and I taught fourth and fifth graders at the Ha’ari school in Migdal Ha’Emek this summer during the TALMA program. First, I want to thank the ministry of education for hosting us today. It is an honor to be here.

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July 30th, 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 90 years, BBYO has provided identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens.

Kyle Price is a rising junior at Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY and the Aleph Godol, or Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) President, of BBYO Westchester Region.

When someone asks me where I live, I immediately respond, “Scarsdale, New York.” One month ago, if someone were to ask me where my home was, the answer would have been the same as the answer to the previous question. Now, I hesitate when asked this question.

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July 25th, 2014

Dear friends,

As I sit on my balcony in Jerusalem, looking out over the “city of peace” just before the start of Shabbat, I am filled with both pain and hope—the pain of witnessing yet another senseless conflict and the hope for a better future I take from the acts of humanity and solidarity of the remarkably resilient people I see all around me.

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July 24th, 2014

In these incredibly challenging times, we are truly inspired by everyone in Israel, including many of our partners and friends, who are donating their time and energy to helping those in need and making their voices heard. Many of us who have been watching developments unfold from afar are also asking, “what can we do to help?” Thanks to our friends at Israel on Campus Coalition and The iCenter, we have curated a list below with ways to get involved! 

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July 23rd, 2014

During this time of painful conflict, we are inspired by the spirit and resilience of the people of Israel and moved by those around the world who are mobilizing to help. All of us at the Schusterman Family Foundation and ROI Community have been either living or closely following the events in Israel over the past several weeks. We are heartbroken by the loss of life and hope for a speedy end to the hostilities and lasting resolution to the conflict.

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July 17th, 2014

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ROI Community member Paola Salem, together with Mariano Schlez, Damian Beker and Maximiliano Klein, received a $5,000 #MakeItHappen micro grant to pursue their Jewish Connect at the World Cup project. Jewish Connect engaged hundreds of Jewish sports fans in Jewish programming in Brazil in 2014.

#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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El Mundial de Fútbol es el evento deportivo más importante a nivel mundial. Fanáticos del deporte…, fanáticos del fútbol quedan atrapados durante un mes a cada uno de los partidos.

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July 16th, 2014

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Rachel is currently pursuing a Master’s in Oral History from Columbia University, where she studies Jewish history and collective memory. In her free time she runs And You Shall Tell, an oral history project exploring the diversity of the Jewish, New Yorkish world.

Rachel’s idea to host a Jewish storytelling contest was recently chosen to receive a $1,000 #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! 

Describe your #MakeItHappen project idea and how it came to life.         

Last May, I launched the project And You Shall Tell as a venture with PresenTense. The goal of this project was to explore Jewish New York through storytelling and portrait photography and to use storytelling as a way to bring together Jews from diverse communities.

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July 14th, 2014

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 Aviva Klein, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a lifestyle and potrait photographer. Her profound interest in her subject’s stories, struggles, and aspirations is evident in the hopeful and haunting nature of her work.

Aviva’s idea to photograph and raise awareness of agunot was chosen to receive a #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! 

 This interview was  originally published by The Jewish Daily Forward and conducted by Tova Ross.

For the past several months, the subjects standing before Aviva Klein’s camera have not been the usual assortment of musicians, celebrities and fashion labels who hire her for their album artwork or style shoots, but agunot, women who are chained in marriages they no longer wish to be a part of thanks to a halachic structure where one gender holds the power.

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July 9th, 2014

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Jon Marker is a Program Officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation, which supports education of Jewish youth and young adults in the United States. From December 2013 – March 2014, Schusterman and Jim Joseph Foundation hosted #NetTalks: Alumni Engagement Series, which was a free, five-part webinar series for Jewish professionals who want to tap into the power and potential of alumni networks. For more information on this series, please visit our #NetTalks page.

Over a five-month period, practitioners and funders in Jewish education and engagement came together through webinars focused on alumni engagement to answer an overarching question: What are the best strategies to build, mobilize and engage effective alumni networks? 

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July 3rd, 2014

This week, Jumpstart—a philanthropic research and design lab—released the latest report in the Connected to Give series, all of which are based on the National Study of American Religious Giving and American Jewish Giving. Connected to Give: Community Circles is the fifth installment in the series and combines quantitative and qualitative data to bring new insight to the philanthropic phenomenon of giving circles, outlining the demographics of giving circle participation and examining how people explore and express shared identities through collaborative giving.

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