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This is the fourth in a series on people and places fostering commitment to Judaism and the Jewish people in the United States and elsewhere by Professor Jack Wertheimer of the Jewish Theological Seminary. In it he tells about the largest adult Jewish education program in the world, the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) of Chabad.
Updated: Apr. 21, 2010
'adDRESSING Women's Lives', an innovative educational initiative at The Weber School in Atlanta, pairs students with senior women in an oral history project with an artful and cross-generational twist. After interviewing the women about their lives, students design dresses that reflect these women's silent, but very real impact on their families and communities. Spearheaded by Covenant Award recipient and educator Barbara Rosenblit, along with Sheila Miller, the school's arts educator, the program has attracted national attention for its educational value, uniqueness and effectiveness.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2010
This article presents an overview of the field of Jewish identity studies. Highlights and milestones in diverse segments of the literature are indicated, including demographics, contents and meanings of identity, Israeli identity and the Israel-Diaspora relationship, the impact of anti-Semitism, comparative studies, typologies of Jewish identity, and a brief review of philosophical, theoretical, and creative writings on Jewish identity.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2010
Natan Sharansky, new chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, has signaled his intent to bring about radical change to the financially strapped Jewish Agency, shifting its focus away from aliyah to Israel and toward strengthening the secular identity of Diaspora Jews in recent addresses and the recent appointment to key positions of people who share his views.
Updated: Mar. 15, 2010
Three young women have founded a Moishe House in a century-old building in the heart of the Budapest's downtown old Jewish quarter, bringing Jewish activity to the city's Jewish young adults. There are parties at Jewish holidays, movie nights, lectures on Jewish topics, social action meetings and a Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a potluck dinner that attracts dozens of people each Friday night.
Updated: Mar. 15, 2010
In a recent blog post on the HUC-JIR Continuing Alumni Education Blog, Scott Aaron bemoans how little systematic research information exists about the Jewish identity of Jewish students in relation to Jewish education. He raises some thoughts as to how the situation might be improved.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2010
David Frank, photographer and educator, writes a beautiful blogpost about helping to create Jewish identity by digitally recording the important moments of the Jewish Life Cycle and cherishing them thus allowing us to 'translate our busy, sometimes chaotic lives into the illustrated narratives that, upon reflection, help us understand who we are, where we fit and what we mean.'
Updated: Feb. 18, 2010
Birthright Israel NEXT has partnered with Natan to create the Birthright Israel NEXT/Natan Grants for Social Entrepreneurs. This joint venture aims to provide young Jewish adults who are budding social entrepreneurs with additional grant opportunities for long-term initiatives and/or ongoing programs. Birthright Israel NEXT and Natan seek to fund innovative ideas developed and implemented by young Jewish adults – either on their own or in partnership with existing Jewish organizations and resources.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2010
In response to a recent Jerusalem Post article, Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Executive Director of Birthright Israel NEXT, describes the efforts being made by his organization to involve Taglit-Birthright graduates in Jewish communal life. The programming covers four main areas: Shabbat hospitality, Hebrew language learning, deepening the Israel connection and encouraging community involvement.
Updated: Jan. 11, 2010
A new survey of US Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Jewish youth reveals sharp differences in their perception of Jewish identity. More than seven hundred youth attending Jewish summer camps around the United States were surveyed in a study conducted by Dr. Erik Cohen, of Bar-Ilan University's School of Education
Updated: Dec. 31, 2009