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Birthright Israel Fellows Program Raises Quality of Educational Experience

By eJewishPhilanthropy, March 28th, 2016

E-Jewish-philanthropyAs the newest cohort of Birthright Israel Fellows convenes this week in San Diego, the program continues to evolve as it seeks to raise the overall level and quality of the Birthright Israel trip experience. To help affect this change, Birthright Israel has hired a full-time Director of the Birthright Israel Fellows program to engage with the nearly 400 current fellows, as well as the continually growing cadre of specially-trained Birthright Israel staff that will participate in the program in ...More

Jewish camp world’s largest event focuses on expansion, day camps, inclusion

By JNS, March 8th, 2016

featured_article_200x300JNS( Summer isn’t exactly around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped more than 750 camp professionals, educators, funders, and others from gathering this week in New Jersey for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC) 2016 Leaders Assembly Conference, which marks the largest-ever such gathering in the Jewish camp world.

FJC said it structured its biennial conference to focus on three core areas: expansion of the field of Jewish camps; day ...More

Indie bands and intellectuals at the ‘Woodstock of Jewish identity’

By JTA, February 23rd, 2016

JTA-logoREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: With teen attendance tripling since 2012, the BBYO International Convention is now among the largest events on the Jewish communal calendar.

BALTIMORE (JTA) — My teenage years were pretty Jewy. Back in high school, I happily attended Jewish day school, spent summers at a Jewish camp, went on a group Israel trip and took part in a few youth group events. So it was a strange feeling I experienced over President’s Day weekend when I found myself looking back ...More

The Last 12 Years

By eJewishPhilanthropy, February 16th, 2016

E-Jewish-philanthropyToday, the Ruderman Family Foundation is well-known in the Greater Boston Area’s Jewish community, Israel, the world-wide Jewish community, and beyond as a prominent advocate for the full inclusion of people with disabilities. However, only twelve years ago, when we first became involved in philanthropy, I, along with the majority of my community, had no awareness of the challenges that people with disabilities faced. It wasn’t until we ventured into the field of special education through a grant to Boston’s ...More

Here’s mud in your class? A call for more nature time

By J Weekly, February 11th, 2016

Good preschool teachers don’t hesitate to get their hands dirty. And that’s just what they did during a two-day conference on early childhood education and outdoor learning at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Amid workshops on how to integrate natural objects into lesson plans and using a Japanese marbling art project to teach children about the Shehechiyanu blessing, teachers engaged in the old-fashioned pastime of playing in the mud. [caption id="attachment_5144" align="alignleft" width="300"] Making cob out ...More

Non-Traditional Synagogue Network Launches, With Fellowship

By The Jewish Week, January 8th, 2016

The Jewish WeekWhat do a religious start-up, a spiritual cooperative and 570-plus households in a high school have in common? They’re all part of the Jewish Emergent Network, comprised of seven communities that have been meeting together for two years to think about what the congregations of the future will look like, according to a Jan. 6 press release from Lab/Shul, an artist-driven, experimental community that’s also a member. The network has worked together before, on a website about Chanukah, but now they’ve ...More

Jim Joseph Foundation awards $6.4M in grants for Jewish education

By JTA, January 5th, 2016

JTA-logoThe San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has approved nearly $6.4 million in new grants for Jewish educational projects. The grants announced this week benefit youth, teens and young adults in the United States. Grants include up to $3.2 million for a rabbinic fellowship focusing on innovation and “emergent Jewish communities”; up to $1.5 million for Sefaria, a website offering free online access to hundreds of Hebrew and Aramaic texts, English translations and commentaries, and up to $487,500 for a pilot ...More

Bay Area educators get new angles on how to teach Israel

By J Weekly, January 4th, 2016

jweekly_logoSome 250 Jewish educators, educational leaders and funders spent three days in Las Vegas last month discussing and learning new strategies for teaching the subject of Israel to Jews in North America.And, in this case, the hope is that what happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. “I had pages and pages of notes of how I will be able to implement some of the ideas” that came out of the conference, said attendee Heather Erez, director of youth and family education ...More

Improving education about Israel

By Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, December 11th, 2015

LA Jewish JournalHot on the heels of a report showing major gaps in American-Jewish college students’ knowledge about the State of Israel, some 250 Jewish educators, funders and other stakeholders gathered in Las Vegas for a three-day conference on Israel education. Hosted by the iCenter for Israel Education, the iCamp 2015 conference took place Dec. 1-3 and focused on new strategies for teaching students and campers about a range of issues, from Israeli culture to history to politics. One local attendee, Evan Taksar, assistant ...More

Building the Talent Pipeline for Jewish Nonprofits

By Gali Cooks, eJewishPhilanthropy, November 22nd, 2015

E-Jewish-philanthropyI recently got a call from a friend who graduated from a top business school and was considering three great job offers: one doing marketing with a professional sports team; one as an account manager with a tech start up; and, one doing development with a Jewish Federation. He was seeking my advice about which position to accept. I asked him the questions my father had always asked me when faced with such choices: “Which job would you enjoy the most? Which would ...More

$4 million matching grant aims to engage L.A. Jewish teens

By Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, November 18th, 2015

LA Jewish JournalWith the support of a more than $4 million matching grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, along with financial assistance from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is developing the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative as part of an extensive outreach effort to Jewish teens who otherwise would not be involved in Jewish life. “The goal is to engage 2,000 to 3,000 local Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences,” Josh Miller, senior program ...More

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