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Fifty years ago, an Akron business couple made the decision to start a small foundation to carry out their commitment to and passion for tzedakah. Today, what Goldie and Jerry Lippman began in 1966 has become a philanthropic enterprise that involves multiple generations of their nephew Joe Kanfer’s family. To mark this jubilee, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah is launching a prize competition to identify and recognize programs that help individuals and organizations access and apply Jewish wisdom in ways that enable them to live better lives and shape a better world. Two first prizes of $18,000 will be awarded, recognizing one program of national or international scope and one program that operates locally or regionally. Two additional programs in each category will be selected for Honorable Mention and will receive $6,000 each. The Awards will be presented this November at a ceremony in New York, and all finalists and semi-finalists will be profiled in an online portfolio.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2016
As Camps Prepare for 2016 Season, New Greenbook Gives Jewish Funders the Big Picture on Jewish Camping
Jewish Funders Network has released a new Greenbook providing everything grantmakers need to know about funding Jewish overnight camp. Greenbook, Volume 4: Funding Jewish Overnight Camp offers a survey of past, present, and possible initiatives to extend the reach and effectiveness of Jewish overnight camps, and a menu of opportunities to leverage investments in the field of Jewish overnight camps. Topics covered include growing camps’ capacity; organizational sustainability; capital funding; affordability; leadership development; enhancing Jewish impact; and more.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2016
Twenty-five years after the publication of A Time to Act, by the Commission on Jewish Education of North America (CJENA), we are in a position to evaluate this initiative with historical hindsight. At the time, the commission was heralded as an unprecedented communal undertaking and a signal that after years of perfunctory treatment and neglect by the organized Jewish community, Jewish education was gaining recognition as a vital concern. While accurate, this assessment benefits from contextualization both in the American and the American-Jewish situation of the 1980s and early-1990s. The CJENA and its report mirrored American anxiety during that same period about the state of K-12 education, while initiatives to address systemic weaknesses in Jewish education were concurrent with the spate of reform efforts spawned to address the perceived decline in public education. At the same time, A Time to Act exemplified a more general malaise within the Jewish community about the effects of rapid integration on Jewish ethnic and religious survival.
Updated: May. 26, 2016
Commissioned by the Jim Joseph Foundation, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and The Marcus Foundation, the new report, Generation Now: Understanding and Engaging Jewish Teens Today is the result of years of research and efforts in Jewish teen education and engagement. The impetus for the new report can be traced back to the Jim Joseph Foundation’s 2013 report, Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens, and the subsequent funder collaborative that resulted. Now, following the collaborative work of our own researchers and a team of evaluators from Rosov Consulting, The Jewish Education Project is excited to unveil shared outcomes, indicators, and measurement tools that will gauge Jewish education and engagement among teens participating in Jewish experiences. We believe these mechanisms will have major ramifications for all elements of teen Jewish education and engagement – from the funding and design of initiatives to the practitioners who interact directly with teens.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
CASJE, the Consortium for Applied Research in Jewish Education, today announced that it will embark on a new research program to further explore how Jewish early childhood education can serve as a gateway for greater and long-term involvement in Jewish life. The three-year research program will focus especially on better understanding opportunities around interfaith families and families that are not currently involved in a synagogue or other Jewish institution.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2016
The Contribution of Privatization and Competition in the Education System to the Development of an Informal Management Culture in Schools: A Case Study in Israel
Regulation and privatization of education systems has led to a “league standing” mentality regarding school achievements. The present study examines how school principals deal with the pressures of competition and achievements while aspiring to imbue pupils with values and a broad education. Twelve Israeli high school principals were interviewed about external demands imposed on them, their educational policy and modes of operation.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2016
However jarring it might seem from the outside to witness the transition from the Solomon Schechter Day School Association to the Schechter Day School Network to NewOrg over the course of just three years, the truth is that the story of Schechter and many of its schools is the story of NewOrg and that is why I am confident and enthusiastic that NewOrg is a game changer for Schechter and for the field. is not a weakness of either, but a strength of both.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2016
At Hillel International, we know the importance of guiding students on their college journey. As they question their beliefs and assumptions, and forge an adult identity of their own, Hillel helps students explore Jewish life and make meaning. Periodic evaluations have demonstrated the significance of Hillel’s work. However, Hillel has never attempted to regularly measure the effectiveness of campus Hillels, nor did we possess the methodologies to do so. Until now.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2016
Every new parent understands the pressure and stress associated with finding the best ways to create a rich and fulfilling future for their children. Faced with societal expectations, money constraints, and more programmatic opportunities than ever for their young ones, Jewish life may not always make it to the top of the priority list. As a part of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Communities of Practice work, we’re partnering with congregations (both those with and without preschools) to further and more effectively engage families with young children in congregational life. The full results of this work can be found in a new resource, Engaging Families with Young Children. Here’s a look at some of the best principles.
Updated: Feb. 03, 2016
In a major restructuring of the Jewish day school organizational world, five national groups that run a range of educational and programming activities for day schools have agreed to merge into a new, and potentially more effective, entity, The Jewish Week has learned. The merger, estimated to be completed this summer, could result in a cost savings of $1 million (as well as some job losses). It consolidates the work of PARDES (Day Schools of Reform Judaism), PEJE (the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education), RAVSAK (The Jewish Community Day School Network), the Conservative movement’s Schechter Day School Network, and the Yeshiva University School Partnership (YUSP). Collectively, the organizations serve about 40 percent of the day school students nationwide.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2016