Grantees in the News

Living to serve: Conference shows how to ‘do Jewish’ by helping others

By The Times of Israel, October 20th, 2016

times-of-israelNEW  YORK — Mordy Walfish really didn’t want to volunteer during his bar mitzvah year. “My parents forced me to do a service project for my bar mitzvah. I visited the elderly. I went kicking and screaming. I thought I’d do it for a year. It turned into six years. Then it became my career,” said Walfish, director of programming for Repair the World, just before the opening session of Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service. Volunteering is how, to borrow a phrase ...More

West Coast to get two new Jewish camps

By J Weekly, October 13th, 2016

jweekly_logo-1Two successful Jewish summer camps have announced plans to open new branches on the West Coast.

The Reconstructionist movement will open a film- and arts-based camp in Southern California, a branch of its Camp JRF in Pennsylvania. And Eden Village, an organic Jewish farm camp in upstate New York, will open a West Coast branch in a location yet to be decided.
“We are looking at Northern California and we are also looking at Southern California,” Eden Village’s founding director, Yoni Stadlin, told ...More

iEngage program gets $1 million Jim Joseph Foundation grant

By J Weekly, September 15th, 2016

jweekly_logo-1The Shalom Hartman Institute has received a grant from the S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation for $1 million over three years to expand its iEngage on Campus program on the West Coast and to launch new Israel education initiatives to be piloted at West Coast campuses. The Shalom Hartman Institute, founded in 1976 in Jerusalem, is a pluralistic center for research and education that aims to improve the quality of Jewish life in Israel and North America. The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America ...More

Israel Education Standards and Benchmarks: Which waze do we go?

By Dr. Lesley Litman and Anne Lanski, September 7th, 2016

E-Jewish-philanthropyYedida Bessemer asked eJP readers to think about what excellent Israel education looks like and called for field-wide standards and benchmarks to determine whether efforts are effective. We at the iCenter want to share our experience from seven years of  building this field and working closely with schools, camps, synagogues, Israel travel experiences, and other educational and communal settings to help learners, in any environment, develop meaningful relationships with Israel, the land, and its people. While much work lies ahead, we offer ...More

BBYO launches $90 million campaign to double annual growth rate

By JTA, September 6th, 2016

JTA-logo(JTA) — BBYO launched a five-year, $90 million campaign — aided by two unprecedented gifts — in an effort to double the Jewish youth organization’s annual growth rate. The “This Moment in Time” campaign will also enable BBYO, the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth group, to expand its workforce, increase summer program offerings and grow its endowment. As part of the initiative, the organization set a goal of 27,000 members annually by the end of the 2022 school year and a reach of 110,000 North American ...More

Millennials want to serve. Jewish tradition tells them how

By David Eisner, JTA, September 5th, 2016

JTA-logo(JTA) — When lowering my shoulder, planting my feet and pushing hard to make something happen, I love to reflect on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s exhortation to act with “the fierce urgency of now.” My feelings in those moments are usually not very MLK-like — self-righteousness, self-satisfaction and just a touch of self-pity make me feel both impatient and smug. Over the last month, however, “the fierce urgency of now” has challenged me in a new way, as I struggle ...More

The Earth Moved For Them — Did It Move For You?

By The Forward, August 31st, 2016

The ForwardThe Louisville Jewish Community Center has had a garden for years, but never the staff to make the most of it. For Michael Fraade, a member of the first cohort of Hazon’s JOFEE Fellowship who is spending the year working on the JCC’s environmental programming, that garden has the potential to change the ways in which members of the community understand the rich relationship between the earth and Judaism. “We’ve got summer camp kids at the JCC’s day camp who come in ...More

JCF raises $22 million in donations, launches study of Bay Area Jews

By J Weekly, August 8th, 2016

jweekly_logoThe S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation raised $22.1 million in philanthropic gifts during its 2015-2016 fiscal year, funds that will provide services and programs focusing on Jewish life locally and internationally. The Federation plans to invest more than $23 million in the Bay Area and global Jewish communities in the coming year through its own programs and direct grants to other organizations — including scholarships for Jewish camps, preschools, day schools and youth Israel trips, senior services, programs for children with special needs ...More

Jewish Emergent Network Gathers in New York City

By eJewishPhilanthropy, August 4th, 2016

E-Jewish-philanthropyFrom today through Monday, the Jewish Emergent Network – a collaboration between seven Jewish organizations from across the United States – is kicking off its inaugural project, the Rabbinic Fellowship, with a dynamic, content-rich Shabbat-based New York City convening to welcome its first cohort of rabbinic fellows. The convening will be hosted by Romemu, one of the Network’s New York-based organizations. Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services will be held at Romemu and open to ...More

New models focus on the ‘I’ in Israel education

By JNS, July 7th, 2016

JNSEarlier this year, Barry Chazan, professor emeritus of education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, penned an op-ed for the New York Jewish Week in which he discussed the 21st-century shift toward personalization and customization. “Mattresses, automobiles and worldviews that speak to ‘my’ tastes, desires, interests, schedule, and way of thinking and living in the world,” wrote Chazan. His argument was that up until now, the focus of Israel education has been on what is good for Israel, the Jews, and Jewish continuity. Today, ...More

New iFellow Graduates

By KosherOCMagazine, June 29th, 2016

kosheroc-orange-lg-300x24Fifth Cohort of iCenter’s Master’s Concentration in Israel education represent spectrum of educators from different backgrounds and universities. A new cohort of iFellows graduated from the iCenter’s iFellows Master’s Concentration in Israel Education (iFellows) with fresh approaches and skills to bring dynamic Israel experiences to their learners. Including students from eight leading academic institutions across 12 campuses, members of the fifth cohort work in varied settings, from camp, to university to day schools. Now certified as Israel educators, they employ a learner-focused approach ...More

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