This week, Jumpstart—a philanthropic research and design lab—released the much anticipated Connected to Give: Key Findings, the first in a series of reports based on the National Study of American Jewish Giving. The report offers “a comprehensive snapshot of Jewish charitable giving and reveals—for the first time at this breadth and depth—who gives, where they give, how much they give, what motivates them to give, and how giving among American Jews compares to giving by other Americans.”
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, an ROI community member, directs Kol HaOt, a venture dedicated to conveying Jewish ideas, texts and values through the arts. Through her work in Jerusalem, Elyssa creates worlds of Jewish meaning and beauty by using all forms of media and creates interactive, participatory events and programs of Jewish content for institutions and families.
In a few days we’ll celebrate Rosh HaShanah, one of my favorite holidays. It usually falls just as my kids have gone back to school and we’re all gearing up for a new year. It is a time of renewal and of family – always filled with good food, festive traditions and wishes, hopes and prayers for the future.
This year, may we all find our inner go-getter, resolving to make the world even better!
Check out these animated resolutions for inspiration and share yours with your friends and family!
Warm wished for a sweet New Year,
Your friends at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network
Repair the World tackles pressing local needs by mobilizing the Jewish community to volunteer. Repair enables people to transform their neighborhoods, cities and lives through meaningful service experiences rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage. This post appears as part of Repair’s back-to-school blog series.
As much as it hurts to admit it, summer is winding down and the new school year is around the corner. But there is still time to tackle that summer reading list you’ve been putting off.
Samuel Cohen is the Engagement Associate at the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University. He recently attended this year’s Hillel Institute that convenes Hillel professionals and college students from around the world. The conference is supplemented with a variety of trainings, including New Professionals Institute, New Directors Institute and a student training component.
Imagine a week-long conference for 400 people whose full-time profession is to meet new people each day, listen to their life stories and share their own love of Judaism. This is the Hillel Institute: an exuberant annual gathering for Hillel staff members to celebrate, share and rejuvenate their work. The result of this conglomeration of professionally jovial personalities is a truly unique conference. Read More »
Morlie Levin is the CEO of NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation. NEXT connects Birthright Israel trip alumni and their peers with meaningful Jewish living and learning opportunities nationally, locally and in Israel and also works to create a Jewish community that is ready to receive alumni, who possess diverse needs, interests and inclinations.
What does it mean to actually engage young Jewish adults? When you get past the many conversations about this concept, what do the “nuts and bolts” look like?
We believe it starts with connecting—to each other, to Jewish opportunities and to communities. NEXT’s 2013 High Holidays Initiative empowers young Jewish adults to connect in all of these ways.
Adam Maslia currently serves as the Howard M. Lorber Director of Jewish and Philanthropy Programming for Alpha Epsilon Pi. In the coming year, Adam hopes to guide the department in completing the current Official Philanthropy Project, increasing initiative participation, hosting regional civic engagement conferences and implementing the First Annual B’nai B’rith Day of Service. Aaron Baskin is the Director of Civic Engagement working to help promote political activism across AEPi. Aaron is looking forward to a great year traveling across the country promoting AEPi and encouraging all the chapters to increase their civic engagement.
Last weekend, Team Schusterman joined with Hasadna – The Public Knowledge Workshop to create a global hackathon that brought together over 200 hackers from Tel Aviv to San Francisco.
Hasadna has been organizing hacks for good in Israel for the past three years, building their community from a few to a few hundred, and this was the first step in growing their network globally. We were excited to join their efforts and provide an opportunity for more people to share their passion for technology with the Jewish community and to engage in a meaningful global Jewish experience. Read More »
Daniel Noorily is a rising junior at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas. Daniel recently returned from BBYO’s International Leadership Training Conference designed for the organization’s teen leaders. Together, these young leaders spent several weeks strengthening their leadership skills, expanding their network to include peers abroad and learned techniques to affect change and build community. Daniel shares his reflections here.
What do you get when you put over 200 passionate Jewish teens in an immersive summer experience in the middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania? The expected aversion to “camp food” and fear of bugs aside, what you get is a life changing experience.