What I Learned at the URJ Biennial

Posted on December 17, 2013

Shoshana here, again. For those of you who don’t know, I just came back from a little trip to San Diego for the URJ Biennial. Now let me tell you, this was my first Biennial and I had no idea what to expect. I knew all about the classes, plenaries, and booth exhibits, but I Continue Reading »

FORBES’ Best Books of 2013 – The Idealist

Posted on December 16, 2013

  The Idealist – Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, is on the list of FORBES best books of 2013.  This book is about one economist-turned-humanitarian’s goal to end poverty and the 6 years he spent abroad trying to do so.  Nina Munk was with him and writes his story detailing all of Continue Reading »

The Leadership Lesson They Don’t Teach In Business School But Should

Posted on December 15, 2013

  Mike Myatt’s article and new book teach us how “thinking, acting, and leading differently” create more effective and true leaders rather than “analysts and risk managers” labeled as leaders.  We can all benefit from these pointers both personally and professionally. 

4 Questions to Help Build a Purpose-Driven Team

Posted on December 13, 2013

Columnist Lee Colan at provides 4 questions that help teams become more purpose-driven. 1. Where are we going? (Goals) 2. What are we doing to get there? (Plans) 3. How can I contribute? (Roles) 4. What’s in it for me? (Rewards)

The Kind of Challenge Nonprofits Like to Receive

Posted on December 12, 2013

  When faced with the blessing of large funds, nonprofits are faced with the challenge of what to do with the large sum.  If we at Areyvut received $500,000, we would build upon existing programs and not go crazy impulsively with the money.  We would improve upon what we have and make it the best Continue Reading »

Reflecting Back on Chanukah: Sparking a Chain Reaction of Jewish Engagement

Posted on December 6, 2013

  “The goal of Jewish education should be to inspire students to generate their own light and heat that will further inspire others.”  Yossi Prager’s poignant article reminds us about the power of engaging people to become inspired to do good which in turn allows them to inspire others in a limitless chain reaction.  This Continue Reading »

Letter Writing Day

Posted on December 6, 2013

According to numerous websites, December 7th, is official “Letter Writing Day.” In an age where technology reigns supreme, what a great way to reach out to friends and family and let them know how much you appreciate them, love them, miss them, etc.  For a special twist, write a letter to an Israeli soldier or an American soldier Continue Reading »

Opening Remarks at Jewish Community’s First Fail Forward Conference

Posted on December 2, 2013

  Jewish Futures Fail Forward Conference is about confronting personal failure at work and how to learn from our mistakes to improve in the workplace.  This article makes the point that thinking and talking about our mistakes can enable us to learn from them and that having a conference with others can help us learn from Continue Reading »

The Ideal Mentoring Relationship for a New Teacher

Posted on November 29, 2013

  When teachers are mentored not only are they more successful, but their students are as well.  Helping new teachers navigate their way through their classroom and curriculum, will benefit everyone.for stretches of time.  Of course, it’s important to remember to ask for help  as a newcomer in order to access the highest potential one Continue Reading »

The Gift We Love to Receive but Forget to Give

Posted on November 27, 2013

  The power of introducing people to one another is the topic of this article.  Bringing people together can cause big ideas to become reality and can make a faltering company into a strong and successful one.  “Studies suggest that in the U.S., 45% of people find their jobs through other people, and 61% of people meet Continue Reading »