I first heard about VR empathy storytelling at a tech conference at Paramount Pictures in 2015. One prominent filmmaker described VR’s ability to create first-person news experiences to increase global awareness and engage empathy. That’s when I realized VR wasn’t all about distraction and escapism; VR has the potential to shift paradigms, transform culture and catalyze real change in the world.
In today's world only passing the traditions and knowledge of Torah is not enough. In order to retain our Jewish identity, we should lead an active Jewish life, stay connected to each other in our communities and all around the world.
“I am surprised by our different cultures, our different values,” he said. “In the month of joint orientation, we are mostly from different cultures, we celebrate Shabbat, and that was new for me, for all the Nepalese. In this festival, we have cooperated with each other. We cooked together and we eat together, and we discuss together.”
“This idea—to have identity but to be open to the world—very much impresses me,” he went on. “In the same way that there are Birthright programs, there should be Earthright programs that combine community identity with universal will to make change in the world.” If anything describes the couples’ modus operandi, it’s that.
On March 20, 2017, Justin Korda was presented the prestigious JJ Greenberg Memorial Award at the Jewish Funders Network Conference. The annual award recognizes an outstanding Jewish philanthropic professional under 40 who shares JJ’s commitment to Jewish values, community and philanthropy.
I was originally drawn to CfH because it allowed me to connect with a new group of people and engage in something about which I am really passionate, cooking. More than that, I am really grateful for how my involvement with CfH has evolved over the years from an enjoyable social outlet with a Jewish twist to an opportunity to focus on advocacy and education.
We are excited to celebrate the incredible women in our network who are devoting their time and talent to empowering other women. Here, we asked a few members of our network (including ROI Community members, REALITY participants and Schusterman Fellows) to tell us a bit about themselves and their initiatives.
In these challenging times, we believe it is crucial for the Jewish community to stand together against anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry, and to speak out for love, tolerance, equality and justice for all.
To infuse your holiday with added meaning, reflection and discussion, we invite you to explore a multitude of resources from our partners and network. From ensuring racial justice, to welcoming refugees, fighting homelessness, combating hunger, championing inclusion and so much more, each of us can use this opportunity to come together and take action around the causes that matter today.