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The Uncomfortable Ask: Board Members and Fundraising

Part III of III By Avrum Lapin Show Me the Money… We all remember that memorable line from the movie Jerry Maguire starring Tom Cruise. While the context was clearly different, the essence was the same. Credibility is established by putting “skin in the game.” In today’s philanthropic marketplace, the nonprofit Board is the place where the credibility is built. If the Board does not give, many will hesitate to participa ...
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Standing Up to Bullying

Eisner Camp Stands Up to Bullying from URJ Eisner Camp on Vimeo. By Louis Bordman It was a day unlike any other in my 19 years with Eisner and Crane Lake Camps – in the most remarkable and beautiful way. For years, our camp community has heard me speak about Eisner and Crane Lake Camps as under a “bubble.” We want camp to be a safe space where people can be themselves in all of their diversity and uniqueness, knowing they wouldn’t be judged. Over the past year, it has become clear to me that ...
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Campaign In a Box: A Campaign for Religious Schools

By Sherri W. Morr After volunteering to run a session at the recent NewCAJE conference in Los Angeles, my preparatory conversations led me to believe most religious schools do not have budgets for such items as staff conferences or for emergencies like perhaps a teen not being able to attend a teen Shabbaton. In listening to stories, by some educators I almost felt as though some religious schools were considered the unattractive step child. So I p ...
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Nominations Open for the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, in partnership with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, is accepting nominations for the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator, a professional development program for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionals. Jewish communal organizations across North America are encouraged to nominate their staff to this highly selective, rigorous and enriching year-long fellowsh ...
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The Reform Tent: Half Full or Half Empty?

The disengagement of so many Reform Jews from synagogue life is a significant concern in a movement where the organizational building block and the primary conduit of education, engagement and influence is the congregation. [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew," reprinted with permission from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.] By Fern Chertok The Reform M ...
Full article at: eJewish Philanthropy 6 days ago, 11:55pm CDT
 

The Art(s) of Community

By Joey Baron Dedicated with great love and respect to the late Leonard Fein. A mensch, a mentor, and a music lover, Leibel generously reviewed and critiqued this article. As a member of the Boston Jewish Music Festival Advisory Board, he offered great insight and enthusiasm to the importance that art plays in our community and in Jewish identity. This one’s for you, Leibel. Why does someone choos ...
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Let’s Make It Good News Soon

photo courtesy World Jewish Relief By Richard Verber I’ve often thought that I should start a newspaper which prints only good news. Heartwarming stories of strangers returning lost wallets. The world’s largest cupcake. Lottery winners donating their millions to charity. Oh, and pictures of cats. There must always be pictures of cats. If ever there were an idea whose time had come, it’s this one. The regular news has been seriously depressing of late. I’ve not been glued to my phone ...
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JDC Steps Up Emergency Ukraine Response

Destruction in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, near Donetsk; photo by Rachel Calman/JDC. As the crisis in Ukraine worsens, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has stepped up its emergency response as more Jews flee cities in eastern Ukraine and critical aid is delivered to those who stay behind in areas of unrest. The organization has been providing a robust emergency response for Ukraine’s most vulner ...
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Young Israelis Moving to Sderot Will Live in Shipping Containers!

Ayalim village in Sderot built from shipping containers (illustration). An Ayalim student village all built from shipping containers is under construction in Sderot. The Sderot village, which will house over 300 students, is being built in an innovative method that will allow Ayalim to complete the village construction in a few months on a relatively low budget. The students who will move to Sderot will give new hope to this beaten city by infusing young and vibrant energy. Each student will ...
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Rare Photo Exhibition on Menachem Begin Held in Westhampton Beach

photo courtesy Limmud FSU Limmud FSU, in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and the Hamptons Synagogue, opened a remarkable photographic exhibition last weekend in Westhampton Beach, NY, focusing on the life and Eastern European Jewish roots of a giant of modern Israel, former prime minister Menachem Begin. “Milestones – From Brest-Litovsk to the Prime Minister’s Office,” tells the story of Begin’s life and career as commande ...
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