Five innovative and outstanding emerging Jewish educators are the 2015 recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. Recipients are from Baltimore; Marblehead, MA; New York; Tempe, AZ; and West Hills, CA
Leaders of NA’AMAT USA joined representatives of the organization from Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Argentina, Uruguay and Israel last week for the first NA’AMAT International Solidarity Conference in Israel. The delegation, led by national president Elizabeth Raider, were special guests of the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin during the conference’s opening session on February 10.
The Jim Joseph Foundation-Israel Institute Internship is a paid summer internship in the U.S. open to current college sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in Israel-related work. The Steinhardt-Israel Institute Internship Program is a paid yearlong internship that places recent college grads at top Israeli think tanks. For more information, please visit: www.israelinstitute.org/programs/internships
Jewish Engagement Platform Provides Personalized Event and Activity Recommendations to Young Adults and Young Families
Hazon, the world’s largest Jewish environmental organization, joins the North County Jewish Hub, a Leichtag Foundation Initiative based at the Ranch in Encinitas. Hazon, Hebrew for vision, was founded in 2000 in New York, and adds North County San Diego to its regions alongside Philadelphia, Boulder/Denver, and San Francisco, as well as the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Connecticut Berkshires.
Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was honored by hundreds of dignitaries from around the world as the inaugural Genesis Prize Laureate at a ceremony at the Jerusalem Theatre. The evening’s celebration was emceed by the iconic comedian Jay Leno.
Teen Emily Dubin processed her experience on the March of the Living with BBYO Passport through a heartfelt, multimedia poem. The poem conveys the impact of the experience through raw emotion and reinforces that this an important experience to have in order to “never forget.”
ADL will release the findings of its first-ever global survey of anti-Semitic attitudes in more than 100 countries around the world.
At a time when Israel is increasingly experiencing negative media coverage due to the breakdown in the peace talks, people throughout the New York region are being urged to attend a special conversation on “How Israel Can Win the PR War.” This event will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street, at Madison Avenue. It is being presented by the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) together with The Jewish Week.
On Sunday evening, April 6, Dr. Robert Stearns will address the Friends of the IDF’s third annual “Saving Lives Gala” in Los Angeles, CA.
The Union for Reform Judaism has launched an innovative Camper Incentive Program for Jewish Military Families on Active Duty. The program will be offered at the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, which has served more than 10,000 Jewish children since 1970. Incentives vary in amount from $250.00 to $3,000 per child, based on the military rank of the parent(s) and the child’s age.
NFTY, the Reform youth movement, has elected an extraordinary team of leaders for its 75th anniversary year. The new NFTY North American Board for 2014-2015/5774-5775 will be installed during the next NFTY general board meeting in June at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY.
s the enrollment level of boys surpasses that of girls for the inaugural summer at the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) has made a $5,000 grant from its YES (Youth, Education, & Special Projects) Fund to provide scholarships for girl participants.
This Purim, at a retreat center in Connecticut, Roseanne Barr invoked ancient Jewish tradition in a modern framework and changed three women’s lives in a profound and important way.
With Earth Day falling on the Eighth Day of Passover this year, Hazon has announced ‘Eco-Passover’ as the theme for Isabella Freedman’s annual Passover Retreat, both to enjoy the holiday and to explore the relevance of Passover to our collective responsibility to care for the planet.
The “must see Jewish show of the millennium” concludes its run Mar. 9, 2014.
URJ commits $1 million to drive participation in youth engagement strategies, announces $1 million more from outside donors
URJ Biennial and WRJ Assembly to Inspire Nearly 5,000 Participants
In a time where the Jewish community is once again shaking its head and wracking its brain in light of a Pew Study that shows that the Jewish community is increasingly disassociating itself with Judaism itself in terms of ritual and observance, a program like Blues for Challah – the Jewish Grateful DeadFest – stands to shift from novelty to strategy.
8th Night for Ethan – a series of Hanukkah fundraising events to help the family of a URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute camper who suffered a severe brain injury from a lightning strike.
November 18, 2013, New York City – Ofir Ben Shitrit, the 18-year-old Israeli singing sensation whose participation in The Voice led to her suspension from her religious school, will be performing at the upcoming international conference of JOFA, The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance on December 7 at John Jay College. Ben Shitrit, whose second-place win …
Renowned Speakers and Innovative Sessions Focus on Food Justice, Jewish Cooking
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JTS Presents: The Sacred Power of Jazz, Featuring The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble with Rodney Jones
An evening of inspirational music at JTS highlighting the rich connection between religion and the sacred power of jazz music.
YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI and DR. DAVID SENESH speak on “Israel’s Safety, Israel’s Soul: Hopes and Fears in Contemporary Israel” at The Jewish Theological Seminary on November 18 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets required (free for students). RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/Israel.
In a move that will help make Jewish causes more relevant to the next generation of Jewish women across the country, Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, announced today the launch of a new Women’s Leadership Board to advise the newly formed Hadassah Leadership Fellows Program.
Israeli President Shimon Peres will speak next month at the General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in Jerusalem. President Peres will be interviewed on stage, and participants at the event and around the world will have the opportunity to ask questions through President Peres’s Facebook page.
The Covenant Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Covenant Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education, given each year to three educators who exemplify innovation, inspiration and impact in the field of Jewish education and in their communities.
On November 28, 2013, for the first and only time in any of our lifetimes, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving. The next time this will occur will be in 70,000 years.
The URJ Service Corps program engages young camp staff and alumni to apply their experience, talents, and skills to create experiential, camp-style programming for families and youth in synagogue communities around the country.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and Knesset Members Stav Shafir and Ifat Kariv will headline the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly next month in Jerusalem.
Multi-media visual artist Hanan Harchol mines personal family dynamics to illuminate the relevance of Jewish wisdom in contemporary life.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th Program/Receptions: 3:00 – 6:00pm 4:00pm – When Jewish Food was the Family Business A panel discussing lives lived “above the store” Led by Lance J. Sussman, Ph. D. (Sussman’s Deli) Reservations REQUIRED for RECEPTION ONLY Panel is free and open to the community For information: (215) 887-2027, TJMuseum@kenesethisrael.org
Chabad-Lubavitch is using creative marketing ideas to make Judaism meaningful, relevant and accessible to every Jew, wherever he or she may be.
Playa del Carmen remains a popular spot for Israeli backpackers. Hundreds are heading this month to Chabad of Playa del Carmen, where they are enjoying a meat and chicken meal for only 30 pesos, or about $2.25.
Volunteers from throughout the state and beyond have been helping with both the physical effort and donations for those devastated by floodwaters. With the holiday of Sukkot beginning on Wednesday night, Colorado Chabads are in the midst of all the planning and preparation.
CORE18 is a social entrepreneurial boot camp for young Jewish innovators ages 19-25
NFTY, the Reform Youth Movement, has embarked on a series of new initiatives aimed at attracting teens who may not typically attend their traditional programs. NFTY Institutes offer teens specialized programming to enable them to explore niche areas of interest that are taught through a Jewish lens or in a Jewish environment.
Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (JNF-KKL) will hold a ceremony on September 11, 2013 with keynote speaker U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, commemorating the 12th anniversary for the 9/11 terror attacks at the 9/11 Living Memorial located in Jerusalem, Israel.
Masa Israel Journey and the Israel Action Network announced today the launching of their inaugural Masa-Israel Action Network Fellowship, in which alumni of long-term, immersive Masa Israel programs will gain insight about the state of Israel advocacy in the United States and receive tools to help them counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in their communities. The goal of this volunteer Fellowship is to offer young adults a unique opportunity to engage in supported, hands-on work in their community.
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)’s 49th Assembly & Centennial Celebration will be a time to celebrate the organization’s distinguished and renowned history as a leader and advocate in the Reform movement.
Registration opened today for the Union for Reform Judaism’s 2013 72nd North American Biennial, the largest Jewish gathering in North America. The Women of Reform Judaism’s Assembly will gather concurrently. Both conventions will take place Dec. 11-15, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.
Chabad-Lubavitch of Wyoming, based in the town of Jackson—in western Wyoming, almost completely surrounded by mountains and in the well-known valley of Jackson Hole—serves the roughly 500 permanent Jewish residents there and the 40,000 Jewish tourists population that visits annually.
The 33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Life Through a Jew(ish) Lens, wrapped today after a successful 19-day run, in its highest grossing year, with 8 sold-out shows at nine venues including the New Parkway and Grand Lake Theaters.
As part of a seven-decade old annual program dubbed the ‘Roving Rabbis’, 350 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students have been dispatched to Jewish communities in Asia, Europe, the Americas and beyond.