Keeping the Door Open
June 30, 2016

I couldn’t open the synagogue door. For that matter, I couldn’t even get to the door. Opening the heavy wooden door required holding it open with one hand. Getting to the door meant climbing a flight of stairs. Neither was possible for me on crutches, in the middle of a New England winter. I needed […]

Space for Inclusion
March 21, 2016

Watch our video on the importance of inclusion in the Jewish community. From Brandeis University’s “The Future of the Jews” event on November 17th, 2015.

Jewish Peoplehoood
Finding Jewish Peoplehood in Havana, Cuba
January 11, 2016

There’s a song we used to sing at camp, a quote by Reb Nachman of Bratslav…maybe you know the tune: “Kol ha’olam kulo, gesher tzar me’od, v’hayikra lo l’fached klal.”   “The whole world is a very narrow bridge and the most important part, is to not be afraid.” Sometimes not being afraid means jumping […]

JED Data

Originally published in JData Revealed Click here to see the original article. As enrollment in part-time schools declines, educators need to pay closer attention to student attrition. (Read article on declining enrollment.) They need to understand why students leave and where they go. In 2014-2015, Chicago’s Community Foundation for Jewish Education (CFJE) used JData to […]

Jewish Peoplehoood
Strategic Directions Response
November 3, 2015

Originally posted on To signers of the recent e-Jewish Philanthropy article “Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action:” Thank you for your years of service to the American Jewish community. I have been privileged in my life to call many of you my teachers and colleagues. I’ve read your books, your academic […]

Jewish Organizations

The lesson of the Legacy Hazon/Legacy Isabella Freedman merger is that through collaborating, both organizations dramatically increased their capacity to accomplish their missions and thereby strengthen American Jewish life. Since the 2007 recession, the need to merge, or consider a merger, has become a reality in America’s third sector. Professionals debate the implications of this […]

Jewish Organizations

Originally written for URJ Camp Harlam’s summer blog, published July 12th, 2014. In his book, Why I Am a Zionist, Gil Troy attempts to reframe Zionism to be relevant in a 21st century world that includes a sovereign, strong, and vibrant State of Israel. Troy contends that Jews and Zionists have a sacred obligation—to support […]