|Rachel (right), her grandmother and her
cousin on a carriage ride.
One of my earliest memories is sitting beside my grandmother on her piano bench as her fingers whizzed past me up and down the keyboard.
A few weeks ago I felt those very same feelings as my plane touched down in Poland. For my grandmother’s 90th birthday, I offered to take her anywhere in the world. To her the choice was obvious—she wanted to fly to Poland to hear Chopin’s music played in the country that inspired his Revolutionary Étude, her favorite musical composition.Overwhelmed by anticipation and excitement, I would hold my breath and close my eyes. It was as if the whole world stood still—waiting to discover what story was about to begin, which emotions were about to be stirred, where the music was going to lead us.
BBYO member Lucas Lendenbaum will appear on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life” this Monday, Nov. 29th at 10 p.m. ET
Join him for a live, streamed interview after the show!
Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message focused on their television series that features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time giving back to strangers by helping to make their wishes come true too. BBYO was the first public audience they spoke to about the show since the series aired. Their focus on helping others is a key aspect of their show and resonates with the focus BBYO teens share to become stewards in serving their own communities. Before wrapping up their remarks, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?” Read More »
On a recent show, Oprah highlighted a unique nonprofit organization that allows citizen philanthropists to make a difference in classrooms across the U.S. The premise behind DonorsChoose.org is simple: public school teachers ask for items they need to enhance classroom instruction. Visitors to the site review these requests and contribute varying amounts to fund the project. When the materials arrive in the classroom, students complete the circle by preparing thank-you notes for donors. Throughout the process, students receive a real-world lesson on the importance of philanthropy.
We have been fans of DonorsChoose.org for a long time. Through the Double Your Impact program, we are currently matching donations made to eligible requests posted by Tulsa-area teachers.
If you are interested in supporting a Tulsa-area classroom, we encourage you to click here to review the projects eligible under this program.
Last week, I was among an estimated 200-plus 20- and 30-something non-profit, philanthropic and charity start-up professionals who gathered in New York for the NextGen:Charity Conference, a TED-styled event focused on non-profit innovation.
CLSFF President and tour de force, Sandy Cardin, spoke on the NextGen:Charity Philanthropy Panel, alongside representatives from the Acumen Fund, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation and IBM. The goal of the panel was to highlight and encourage game-changing perspectives on how non-profit work is done and measured. Sandy’s comments honed in on our Foundation’s increasing investment in enabling and empowering individuals to lead their peers in creating vibrant Jewish life. Read More »
Have you or your organization used new media technology in an effective, creative way to activate your network?
NTC, an annual event organized by NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, will take place March 17-19 in Washington, D.C. It is a rare opportunity for the tech-friendly and curious Jewish professionals to connect with, learn from and share knowledge with peers and experts who are dedicating their talents to the nonprofit sector. Read More »
Are YOU the next Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Service?
JDC is currently recruiting for the 2011 – 2012 Ralph I. Goldman (RIG) Fellowship—the premiere opportunity for engaging young Jewish leaders in the work of the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Read More »
On Friday, November 19, we got to celebrate Shabbat dinner—and our National Director Lisa Eisen’s birthday!—at Moishe House DC. We enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked Indian meal, prepared by Nissim Reuben, AJC’s Program Director of Indian-Jewish American Relations and an Indian Jew who is considered one of the foremost experts on the history of his vibrant community, as well as on Indian-American and Indian-Israeli relations. He was joined in the kitchen by Lisa’s husband, Mitch, and the result was impeccable. While we can’t share the food with you, we do have a little taste of the evening for you to enjoy!
At the 2010 GA in New Orleans, CLSFF joined forces with ROI and Darim Online to host a gathering for the social media savvy, innovator populations to do what they do best: network! More than 200 people came out, and we challenged them to meet at least two new contacts who could be helpful in getting their ideas off the ground. Esther Kustanowitz, who was instrumental in organizing the gathering, created this video.
With the support of the ROI Speakers Bureau, I attended the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism, which was hosted at the Canadian Parliament between the 7th and the 9th of November. The conference brought together parliamentarians from 40 countries as well as leading experts in combating antisemitism and other forms of racism.
The conference opened at the Air and Space Museum with an address from Canada’s Governor General, followed by addresses from Elie Wiesel, Irwin Cotler and Jason Kenney. When Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Nobel committee called him a “messenger to mankind.” Read More »