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Ayeka in the News

Jim Joseph Foundation Invests over $23m. in Jewish Educator Professional and Leadership Development

Published in EJewish Philanthropy
Posted on October 24, 2017

The Jim Joseph Foundation has announced a $23.7 million cumulative investment in 21 organizations following a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to address two critical areas in Jewish education: Educator Professional Development and Leadership Development. The Foundation, which fosters compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States, received 154 Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) following the Continue Reading »

Creating a Soulful Organization

Published in Jewish Federations of North America by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on August 21, 2017

First appears on the Jewish Federations of North America’s Blog Ideas in Jewish Education & Engagement At our last board meeting, we asked a particular strident member to say a few words about himself. It was just after Tisha B’Av and he spoke very personally about how difficult the day had been for him. How Continue Reading »

The Jewish Prayer that Taught Me to Quiet Down and Listen

Published in Kveller by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on July 30, 2017

I’m not a very good listener. The problem is, I think I am. Because with total strangers, I am excellent. New people to me are like books. They have a whole story and a lifetime of experiences that I am interested in uncovering. But I can go into autopilot pretty easily when it comes to my children. Continue Reading »

Empowering – and engaging – parents through Jewish wisdom

Published in Jeducation World by Mark Horowitz and Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on July 19, 2017

There are few Jewish organizations today that don’t fret about changing demographics and lack of engagement among younger Jews. Data is gloomy as organizations leak members and struggle to find new ones. Busy families with small children are hard to get through the door, much less keep in the building for a program or service. Continue Reading »

This Normal Life: Finding Your Place

Published in The Jerusalem Post by Brian Blum
Posted on April 13, 2017

I’m a Haggada hoarder. Over the years, our family has collected dozens of different Passover Haggadot, ranging from the highly traditional to the decidedly modern. We have classic Haggadot with commentaries by the Me’am Lo’ez (originally written in Ladino by Rabbi Ya’acov Culi in 1730), Rabbi Marcus Lehman of Mainz (late 1800s) and Efrat Chief Continue Reading »

Passover 2017: a personal Haggadah

Published in The Oklahoma by Carla Hinton
Posted on April 7, 2017

Published in The Oklahoman, April 7, 2017 by Carla Hinton With Passover soon approaching, a group of men and women from the Oklahoma City metro Jewish faith community recently gathered to explore a new Haggadah whose author has Oklahoma ties. The Haggadah is a compilation of prayers, hymns and rabbinical literature that is read during Continue Reading »

A New Crop Of Haggadahs Make The Seder Ever More Personal

Published in The New York Jewish Week by Steve Lipman
Posted on March 28, 2017

Published in The New York Jewish Week, March 28, 2017 by Steve Lipman The most published book in the Jewish world, the Haggadah has witnessed a decrease in the number of traditional, commentary-based guides to the holiday’s readings and rituals, but an increase in individualized — and sometimes humorous — interpretations of the Pesach customs. Continue Reading »

Is there such a thing as ‘soulful’ parenting?

Published in The Times of Israel by Simona Weinglass
Posted on February 13, 2017

On a chilly winter evening in Tel Aviv, a group of women sit in a circle pondering a poem by Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran: “Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, Continue Reading »

Jewish Literacy – Unfortunately, it’s Not Enough

Published in eJewishPhilanthropy by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on January 30, 2017

I applaud the incredibly generous gifts supporting Jewish education today. Tens of million of dollars have been directed to many institutions to enhance Jewish literacy and the educational skills of dedicated professionals. It is a landmark time for Jewish education in North America. My concern, though, is that it is not enough. Jewish literacy and better educational Continue Reading »

Soulful Staff Meetings

Published in eJewishPhilanthropy by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on January 20, 2017

The favorite part of my week is our staff meetings. I wonder how other organizations begin their staff meetings. Do they jump into business? There is always so much to do. Do they begin with a D’var Torah? Is it pro forma or does the D’var Torah impact the staff meeting? Do they offer a heartfelt prayer to Continue Reading »

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