Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement

Harnessing the Power of Vision-Driven Teen Work

Recent philanthropic investment in teens has provided a series of inspiring and informative pieces that can drive our work in teen engagement. The Jim Joseph Foundation’s research Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens launched a philanthropic cooperative, The Jewis…

Adult Education Grows Up

Just after Michelle Obama’s DNC speech, the Washington Post introduced the world to her speechwriter, Sarah Hurwitz. As one can imagine, this position is demanding and more than full time. In an effort to try and maintain some semblance of a personal life, Hurwitz shared that she takes cl…

I’m Sad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take This Anymore

How do we begin to process the tragedy and terror that flood news websites and our inboxes almost daily? How do we manage the pain, the anger? How do we embrace and connect to our community during these challenging times? In this post, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal: The National …

Global Day of Jewish Learning in Your Community

The Global Day of Jewish Learning unites over 500 communities in 43 countries through study of Jewish texts. Drawing participants from every point on the religious, communal and ethnic spectrum, its organizing partners include Federation's partner the American Jewish Joint Distribution Comm…

Return Torah to its Place of Glory

What drives us—what sits at our core? And what differentiates us? Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, executive director of Mechon Hadar, suggests that it’s Torah—and he encourages us to understand its role in our mission and to make it ours. He adapted this post from a speech he delivered in 2011 to …