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It isn’t really the 25th anniversary of what came to be called the “Jewish continuity” endeavor in North America. The first Continuity Commission was established in Cleveland before the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey was mounted; and the first results of the 1990 NJPS – including the alarm-ringing, hand-wringing statistic of a 52% intermarriage rate – didn’t appear until the calendar had turned. But, 1990 is a convenient enough date to mark the beginning of a significant effort that has unfolded over the past two and a half decades aimed at strengthening Jewish identity and engagement among American Jews, many of whom, it was argued then and since (viz. the reactions to the 2013 Pew study) are in danger of or are already being lost to Jewish life as active participants.
Updated: Aug. 04, 2015
My Mitzvah Project provides an opportunity for b’nai mitzvah to engage in meaningful and authentic service experiences. Running a campaign on our platform offers a way youth can deepen their understanding of issues they care about, gain valuable experience in planning and preparation, learn how to take purposeful action, and increase self-awareness and confidence by reflecting on and celebrating their efforts. Service-learning best practices are infused into every aspect of creating and executing a campaign on My Mitzvah Project platform, ensuring that youth who participate become valued contributors for our collective well-being, now and in the future.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2015
The Israel Education Ministry has proposed a new program to introduce the fundamentals of philosophy to children in elementary school, starting from the third grade. Under the new curriculum, students will be taught the works of the prominent philosophers, develop critical thinking and learn how to ask meaningful questions and answer them in a serious manner. If incorporated, this new program would signify the first time that elementary school-aged students are offered these subjects. It would be elective, and at first, only schools interested in offering the program would join the initiative.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2015
Jewish day schools in Greater Boston will receive $3 million over the next five years to make education more affordable for students with special needs. Combined Jewish Philanthropies, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with the Ruderman Family Foundation to create the Morton E. Ruderman Inclusion Scholarship Fund, according to a statement from officials of the philanthropies.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2015
Three visionary educators demonstrating the power of inspired Jewish education to create change and drive impact are the 2015 recipients of The Covenant Award for excellence in the field, The Covenant Foundation announced today. Michelle Shapiro Abraham, Director of Program Development for the Campaign for Youth Engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as a consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and a clinical faculty member in the HUC-Jewish Institute of Religion Executive MAJE Program; Dr. Sandra Ostrowicz Lilienthal, Curriculum Developer and Instructor at The Rose and Jack Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County in Davie, FL; and, Amy Meltzer, Lead Kindergarten teacher at Lander- Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, are the 2015 recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
PJ Library, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s popular national program that sends free Jewish-themed books and music each month to tens of thousands of children up to age 8, is launching a new edition: PJ Our Way. The new two-year multi-city pilot project, being launched in 10 communities (nine cities and one site in New York): Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Marks JCH (Brooklyn), Miami, North Shore (MA), Seattle, Silicon Valley, and St. Louis., expands the program to Jewish kids ages 9 to 11 and, for the first time, lets them choose the books they receive.
Updated: May. 21, 2015
Recently, a group of 15 different organizations released a case study – Finding New Paths for Teen Engagement and Learning: A Funder Collaborative Leads the Way – detailing the two-years they’ve spent working together, learning about and investing in Jewish teen education and engagement initiatives. There are a litany of insights and interesting lessons to pull from the study, which we believe are beneficial to organizations well beyond the Jewish teen education and engagement arena (and even beyond the Jewish education arena). In fact, funders in all philanthropic sectors are increasingly pooling or coordinating funding for greater impact, or to address particularly challenging social and environmental problems.
Updated: May. 07, 2015
At Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), we believe camp must also reflect the diversity of today’s Jewish community and be accessible for everyone. After our study conducted in 2012-13 found that children with disabilities are significantly underserved by Jewish camp, FJC issued a vision statement for a major disabilities initiative. The overarching goal is to ensure that campers with disabilities and their families experience camp as fully and completely as their typical peers. In 2014, we began securing funding to enhance services at nonprofit Jewish camps across North America for campers with disabilities. One of the major areas identified by the study was the need for trained inclusion specialists and for counselor training focused on serving children with a variety of needs.
Updated: Apr. 16, 2015
In order to tackle questions about Jewish camping, The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) partnered to bring together last month front-line practitioners, researchers and funders to gather for a day of conversation and consultation. Together the group asked: “What do we not yet understand about how summer camps exert their Jewish influence that, if we did, could lead to those camps becoming even more effective at promoting Jewish learning and living?” This week, February 17-20, 2015, we will be bringing together a smaller group of thought-leaders to reflect on these questions in an on-line blogcast: Jewish camps: How is the magic made?
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
After meeting to discuss the need for a collective Jewish educational catalyst, the 28 federations that make up the National Federation/Agency Alliance recommended the formation of a new Jewish Education and Engagement Planning Unit within the Jewish Federations system. That unit was approved recently by JFNA’s Executive Committee. The unit will foster relationships and partnerships between federations, as well as with key outside organizations that are devoted to fostering Jewish education. Additionally, it will commission studies and convene experts to examine issues that are important and common to local federations, and it will inspire and mediate collective attention and action.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015