Leave it to the New York tabloids, in this case the New York Post, to sum up the stunning news from the Vatican in a few words.
While the Catholic Church scrambles to elect a new pontiff by Easter, some aging leaders of the Jewish community might consider the precedent set by Benedict XVI in stepping down at the age of 85, citing deteriorating health.
When young Jewish leaders form their own start-up groups and/or prayer services, are they rejecting the organized community, or seeking to strengthen it?
That was one of the recurring questions that emerged earlier this month at The Conversation, the two-day annual retreat sponsored by The Jewish Week for a cross-section of 50 Jewish leaders and emerging leaders from around the country.
A 2009 study by the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies predicts that during the next decade 65 percent of mid- and upper-level management of Jewish organizations will retire and their replacements will increasingly be non-Jewish. That’s quite a radical concept to those of us who believe in the “soul” of our organizations.
Judy Shapiro is just your average Jewish woman with a cause. Or, to be more precise, nine or 10 causes.
Whether it’s Soviet Jewry, Israel’s missing soldiers, organizing bone marrow registry drives, promoting Jewish heritage programs, boosting the morale of the Israel Defense Forces, mobilizing against Iran’s nuclear program or fighting against the division of Jerusalem, Judy Shapiro is well known among fellow Jewish activists for being front and center.
The CEOs are out; the respiratory therapist is in.On the heels of a series of male moguls, the president of Hadassah, June Walker, has been nominated to chair the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. She’ll be the second woman to chair the umbrella group, and the first leader of a women’s organization, adding another crack in what has been considered a glass ceiling for women in Jewish organizational life.
He was to be, in his words, the “heir to the throne” as spiritual leader of the Park East Synagogue after his father’s retirement. But when forced by the congregation’s board in the spring of 1993 to choose between tony Park East and his quixotic notion of starting a congregation where none had existed before — Westhampton Beach, L.I. — Rabbi Marc Schneier chose the challenge of the unknown.
Twenty-five years ago, Carole Solomon flew to Israel for a trip that would forever change her life. “We flew in at night and Lod Airport [now Ben-Gurion] was completely blacked out,” recalled Solomon, the new national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal. “We arrived immediately after the cease-fire [in the Yom Kippur War].”
On the evening of May 6, Rabbi Adam Mintz was installed at his congregation, Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan, as the new president of the New York Board of Rabbis. An articulate spokesman for Modern Orthodoxy in his 40s, Rabbi Mintz is said to be respected by colleagues in all the denominations that comprise the board.
But last Shabbat, the rabbi was nowhere to be seen at Lincoln Square, a leading Orthodox congregation in the city.
After an expensive, national six-month search, leaders of the United Jewish Communities, American Jewry’s newly reorganized social service and fund-raising organization, discovered what Dorothy learned years ago in “The Wizard of Oz”: There’s no place like home.
The organization announced on Tuesday that Stephen Solender, 61, executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York for the past 13 years and acting president of the UJC for the past six months, had been named president.
Morton Kornreich was remembered this week as a Jewish communal leader whose vision and talent enabled him to serve as the first chairman of the newly merged UJA-Federation of New York and to later help refocus The Jewish Week, of which he was a founding board member.
Mr. Kornreich, who died last Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., of pulmonary fibrosis, had homes in Florida and White Plains. He was 82.