Jim Joseph Foundation

Non-Traditional Synagogue Network Launches, With Fellowship

With $3.2M grant, Jewish Emergent Network to fund two-year rabbinic fellows at its seven member communities.

01/12/2016 - 17:44
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What do a religious start-up, a spiritual cooperative and a 570-plus household Jewish community that meets out of a high school have in common?

Rabbi Noa Kushner is spiritual leader of The Kitchen, a start-up in San Francisco that will receive new funds. Via youtube.com

Non-Traditional Synagogue Network Launches, With Fellowship

To support fellowship, Jim Joseph Foundation grants $3.2 million.

01/07/2016 - 17:47
Web Director

What 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, which is also a member.

Rabbi Noa Kushner. Via youtube.com

Tackling The Affordability Crisis

The Challenge Fund will encourage day schools in the New York area to launch or build their endowments.

Special To The Jewish Week
01/27/2015 - 19:00

A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I watched with pride as they developed their Jewish literacy, their religious purposefulness (meaning their ability to answer the question “Why be Jewish?”), and a profound sense of belonging to the Jewish people — three crucial outcomes of any successful Jewish educational experience.

The oxymoron of day school affordability is a top communal priority. Fotolia

Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $3.6 Million To Four Educational Institutions

08/18/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

One of the largest foundations supporting Jewish education in the United States just awarded approximately $3.6 million in new grants to four institutions.

Jewish Groups Announce New Sandy Relief

03/11/2013 - 20:00

Two Jewish-affiliated groups announced new relief for victims of superstorm Sandy.

Will New Hebrew School Model Help Or Undermine Synagogues?

Collaborative Jewish Journey Project recruits pilot cohort, but turf questions linger.
05/22/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Does Hebrew school sound a little too 20th century for your third grader?

How about eight weeks of “Talmudic Stories In Stop-Motion Animation,” a session of “Create Your Own Hip-Hop Siddur” or a winter break spent doing Jewish theater? Or perhaps your child would prefer to learn Hebrew through a Saturday-night ropes course taught by a former Israel Defense Forces lieutenant?

The Jewish Journey Project is the brainchild of Rabbi Joy Levitt.

From Rising Jewish Ed Star To Kiddie Porn Perp

How do you tell your kid his or her teacher has been busted for possessing child porn?

That’s the unpleasant task parents, teachers and administrators at Yeshivat Noam, a Modern Orthodox day school in Paramus, N.J., have had to take on this week.

‘Specialty’ Camp Boom

03/12/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Less than three years after five Jewish “specialty” camps opened their cabin doors, the Foundation for Jewish Camp will help launch four, possibly five, additional special-themed overnight camps.

URJ Six Points Sports Academy is one of five camps launched two years ago.

Moishe House Hitting Big Apple

First foray into New York City for community-building project.
10/11/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Moses (or Moishe, if you prefer) is poised to step foot in the Promised Land — of diaspora Judaism, that is.

Moishe House, the fast-growing outreach/community-building initiative for Jews in their 20s, is coming to New York.

Moishe Housers in Baltimore. New York locations not yet nailed down.
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