Snow Day Chesed Ideas!

Posted on February 2, 2015

A snow day is the perfect opportunity to do some chesed. There is lots of time to involve your family in projects around the house, and out there in the snow! Here are some ideas- feel free to share some of your own with us on Facebook or Twitter or email us at [email protected] Check in on your Continue Reading »

Why Is This Degree Different?

Posted on January 28, 2015

Implementing various ideas of Judaism into our work proves beneficial as shown to us in this article.  Written by a graduate of the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago, with a maters in Jewish Professional Studies, this article has a good deal of good ideas to share.

5 Factors For Success in Philanthropy’s Work With Cities

Posted on January 26, 2015

The main and most important point of this article from NPQ (nonprofit quarterly) is to work with, and not around, city government in order to enact change within a city.  For more information on all 5 factors for success, click the link above. 1. Work with, not around, city government2. Fund key city positions3. Foster sustained collaboration4. Continue Reading »

7 Psychology Tricks to Make Your Resolution Stick

Posted on January 19, 2015

These 7 tricks are backed by science and can really help us keep our New Year’s resolutions and any other goals we set for ourselves way beyond January.

Creating a New Mission Statement

Posted on January 16, 2015

Tara Parker-Pope, in The New York Times, published this article about creating mission statements for ourselves rather than New Years resolutions.  When we ask ourselves questions like, “How do I want people to describe me?” and “What are my deepest values?” we can come up with answers that enable us to see our ultimate purpose Continue Reading »

The Importance of Grasping the Moral Threshold

Posted on January 15, 2015

Thomas Bonnell discusses helping our students succeed, in this article featured in Education Week. We, as teachers and mentors for those younger than us, must make sure we are not setting up children to fail with how much work we give them.  We should give students what they can handle so they don’t have to Continue Reading »

Taylor Swift Helps Lucky Fan Pay Off Her Loans

Posted on January 14, 2015

  Taylor swift is known for being exceptionally nice to her fans, and her most recent act of kindness, is no exception.  Taylor sent one fan, Rebekah, $1989 dollars to help pay off student loans, as well as a water-color painting she’d made, and a letter of gratitude thanking Rebekah for sending her a video Continue Reading »

The Authenticity Paradox

Posted on January 13, 2015

Our self-concepts can either work for us or against us, and Herminia Ibarra, delves in depth about how, in this Harvard Business Review piece.  The stories we tell ourselves throughout our lives, justifying our own negative behaviors, can work against us in the workplace and prevent us from rising to higher positions and reaping their Continue Reading »

Kindness and Empathy Can Be Learned

Posted on January 12, 2015

Dr. Robert Roeser, a professor at Portland State University explains on an introduction for an online course titled, “Social and Emotional Learning Through Kindness in the Classroom” that, “The preliminary evidence is very interesting. It does suggest that kindness and empathy are skills much like learning your times-tables.”  Hearing Roeser say this, has me wanting Continue Reading »

Kerouac on Kindness

Posted on January 9, 2015

  American literature became a large influence in my life, towards the end of my English major at Stern College.  One of America’s great literary artists, Jack Kerouac, has some amazing things to say about kindness.  I find myself meditating on these words today.