Grantees in the News

Program for Careers in Jewish Education Launched with $1.5M Foundation Grant

By The Jewish Voice, June 28th, 2016

Jewish VoiceA new Early Career Fellowship Program will launch later this year to develop and position young leaders for careers in Jewish education. The pilot program is led by Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts; Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York, New York; and de Toledo High School in Los Angeles, California and is supported by a $1.5 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. The grant is the latest example of the innovative high schools’ expanding leadership role in strengthening the ...More

New survey gives insight into Jewish teens’ attitudes and behaviors

By JUF News, June 2nd, 2016

JUF News"As a community, we are heavily invested in identifying ways to engage teens in Jewish life," said Sarina Gerson, the director of Springboard, JUF's Teen Engagement Initiative. "While support of programs and outreach to teens are critical, it is equally, if not more important that we actually understand what teens want and work with them to create meaningful experiences." This lesson, she added, is emphasized in a new study, Generation Now: Understanding and Engaging Jewish Teens Today released by The Jewish ...More

A Personal Approach to Israel Education

By Rebekkah Gold, eJewishPhilanthropy, June 2nd, 2016

E-Jewish-philanthropyAs an experiential Jewish educator with core beliefs in a constructivist education, I search for ways to help my learners develop a deep, meaningful connection to Israel. Like many educators, I have grown to understand that this is easier said than done, and that the path of Israel education is fraught with challenges. However, these challenges can be overcome if educators are able to adopt principles that put the focus on the learner, the curriculum, and diverse narratives of Israel – three ...More

No Success without Learning to Fail

By Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, May 25th, 2016

RRC“Fail Forward” is the mantra of entrepreneurs. Take risks. You will fail, guaranteed. Learn from it.  Once a little smarter, boldly launch again. Instead of meeting failure with crimson shame and pink slips, entrepreneurs believe, as Robert Kennedy did, “to achieve greatness, you have to fail greatly.” David Bryfman, Chief Innovation Officer at The Jewish Education Project, introduced the concept of "fail forward" at a Jewish Futures Conference in New York City. “I’m quite proud the community has embraced the idea. ...More

Congregational and early childhood educators talk innovation, recognize innovators

By JUF News, May 16th, 2016

JUF News"What are we hearing from families about choosing Jewish early childhood education?" "What are common challenges and opportunities in congregational education?" "How do macro trends impact Jewish learning/life programming and choices?" Some 150 educators, clergy, lay leaders, administrators and other stakeholders gathered May 10 to tackle these and other big questions, hear about innovation approaches from national experts, stimulate one another's thinking, and empower each other to effect change. Convened by JUF's Community Foundation for Jewish Education, "Thinking Together: Communal Conversations about  Jewish ...More

Growing the Field From Seed to Harvest: Jewish Outdoor, Food, & Environmental Education (JOFEE) Matures into its Next Phase

By Julie Botnick and Yoshi Silverstein, eJewishPhilanthropy, May 10th, 2016

E-Jewish-philanthropyJewish communities around the country are discovering the power of Jewish education that is grounded in the relationship between Jewish tradition and the natural world through JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, & Environmental Education). As a result of collaborative, cross-organizational efforts led by Hazon and other leading JOFEE organizations, two exciting new programs – the JOFEE Fellowship and the JOFEE Network Gathering – are moving this field  into its next stage as both a professional pathway for Jewish ...More

Engaging Jewish Teenagers Isn’t Hopeless — If We Do It Right

By David Bryfman, The Forward, May 9th, 2016

The ForwardWelcoming teens into Jewish life is both one of the most important and seemingly challenging endeavors of the Jewish community. The rapid decline in teen engagement in Jewish life post-b’nai mitzvah is well-documented and depressing. It’s also an entirely reversible trend, but only if the Jewish community approaches teen engagement in a new way — one that recognizes the whole teen and values her or him as an equal partner in creating experiences that add meaning to her or his life. In ...More

Program to infuse Israeli culture, history at GOA

By New Jersey Jewish News, April 19th, 2016

New Jersey Jewish NewsGolda Och Academy in West Orange is one of six day schools — the only one in New Jersey — chosen to pilot an iCenter for Israel Education program designed to build “personal, enduring” relationships between Jewish students and Israel. The goal of the 18-24 month iNfuse programis to have the institutions “emerge with robust and well-integrated Israel learning opportunities,” according to the center’s website. Although GOA already provides its students with extensive ...More

Third round of Jewish specialty camps to launch with $10 million gift

By JTA, April 14th, 2016

JTA-logoNEW YORK (JTA) — The Foundation for Jewish Camp has received a $10 million grant to help establish a third set of Jewish specialty camps. The money from the Jim Joseph Foundation will fund Incubator III, which will help establish four Jewish specialty camps. A total of nine such camps — including one focused on business entrepreneurialism, an environmental sustainability-focused camp and two sports ones — were created in previous incubators, with the first round of camps opening in 2010. The New York-based Foundation ...More

We Can’t Support and ‘Dis’ Service at the Same Time

By David Eisner, Huffington Post, April 12th, 2016

Huffington PostWhen I was CEO from 2003 through 2008 at the Corporation for National and Community Service — which oversees AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps and other elements of the country’s investment in service — I used to talk about moving our collective perception of service from “nice to necessary.” I disparaged those who undervalued service: the media, for its flippant (“feature-story”) coverage of the people who decrease prisoner recidivism rates, clean up from disasters and represent 70 percent of ...More

Jewish Emergent Network Announces First Cohort of Rabbinic Fellows

By eJewishPhilanthropy, April 7th, 2016

E-Jewish-philanthropyThe Jewish Emergent Network – a collaboration between seven path-breaking Jewish communities from across the United States – has announced the pilot cohort of rabbinic fellows for its inaugural collective project, the Rabbinic Fellowship. This Fellowship will place select early career rabbis into each of the seven participating Network communities for a two-year period, in order to train the next generation of enterprising rabbis to take on the challenges and realities of 21st century Jewish life in America in a ...More

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