Have You Participated in a MASA Program?

Posted on March 10, 2015

If you’ve participated in a MASA program around 2008 and beyond, a quick online survey is currently being conducted.  The first 750 to complete the survey receive $5 towards iTunes and there will be 2 winners who get an iPad Air!  Start the survey here!

A Parable of Three Houses: A Guiding Principle for Engaging and Inspiring Millennials

Posted on March 9, 2015

A parable from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, drawn in this article, allows us to see that we should help each other to become builders in the Jewish community.  Andrew Fretwell, New York Community Activator at NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, lists some examples of ways in which millennials are being reached: Camp Tel Yehudah’s Continue Reading »

Amid Crisis, JDC Ensures Purim Celebrations for Ukraine’s Jews

Posted on March 6, 2015

This article highlights how The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) helped Jews in Ukraine celebrate Purim festively despite the ongoing conflict in the country.  We must all stick together as a unified Jewish people and help one another out, and JDC has been doing just that.

Applications Open: NY & Panama Jewish Teen Institute for Innovation

Posted on March 4, 2015

This article is about a 12 day trip to Panama for teens looking to help in the local communities there.  Teens interested in social justice and tikkun olam should apply!  PresenTense and ThinkImpact are accepting applications now.  Click here for the JTII website.  

8 Purim Inspired Chesed Opportunities

Posted on March 2, 2015

The smell of hamentaschen, a fresh new costume hanging in your closet and a basket full of sweets can only mean one thing: Purim is right around the corner! Purim is the perfect holiday for doing good deeds. After all, two of the holiday’s commandments, mishloach manot (sending gifts) and matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the Continue Reading »

Helping the Homeless through Socks

Posted on March 1, 2015

Knock Knock Give A Sock, is an initiative on college campuses, to collect socks in the dorms and donate them to the homeless on the streets.  This fantastic idea, thought up and executed by Adina Lichtman, has been spreading too many universities and is sure to warm up the feet and faith of those living Continue Reading »

Intentional Community Building: The Missing Ingredient for Jewish Teens

Posted on February 25, 2015

  JustCity, a new pre-college program offered by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and AVODAH, offers young adults training for Jewish community-building, leadership, and social action.  Surveys done after the program found that the participants 100% planned to lead change at home, take part in social action, and were transformed by the program.  Training effective Continue Reading »

Lights, Cameras, Kindness! Lessons Learned from the 2015 Oscars

Posted on February 23, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris hosts Oscars Birdman, Oscar de la Renta and Neil Patrick Harris are just a few of the most buzzed about words from last night’s 87th annual Academy Awards show. Millions of viewers tuned in to watch celebrities walk the red carpet, enjoy an opening musical number by NPH and anxiously sit through the Continue Reading »

Helping Teens Evaluate Charities with the Use of an App!

Posted on February 22, 2015

This article demonstrates how teens learned about the causes they care about and would be interested in donating to.  With the use of a new app by the Jewish Communal Fund called Clink! (which you can learn about here) the teens were able to swipe their way towards clarity on what their “giving personality” is.

Moving Toward Jewish Literacy

Posted on February 20, 2015

    Through the partnership between the Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) numerous programs have been offered for both adults and younger adults to improve their Jewish literacy.  It’s been a great success which we can all benefit from by looking at their model and ideas found here in this article.