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Ayeka in the News

Creating a Soulful Organization

Posted on August 21, 2017

Published in Jewish Federations of North America   By Aryeh Ben David 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 our history of tragedies and Continue Reading »

The Jewish Prayer that Taught Me to Quiet Down and Listen

Posted on July 30, 2017

Published in Kveller By Dasee Berkowitz 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 Continue Reading »

Empowering – and engaging – parents through Jewish wisdom

Posted on July 19, 2017

Published in Jeducation World July 19, 2017 By Mark Horowitz and Dasee Berkowitz 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 Continue Reading »

This Normal Life: Finding Your Place

Posted on April 13, 2017

Published in The Jerusalem Post, April 13, 2017 by Brian Blum 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 Continue Reading »

Passover 2017: a personal Haggadah

Posted on April 7, 2017

Published in The Oklahoman, April 7, 2017 by Carla Hinton Helene Harpman of Oklahoma City leads a Torah Study class about a new Passover Haggadah. [PHoto by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman] With Passover soon approaching, a group of men and women from the Oklahoma City metro Jewish faith community recently gathered to explore a new Continue Reading »

A New Crop Of Haggadahs Make The Seder Ever More Personal

Posted on March 28, 2017

Published in The New York Jewish Week, March 28, 2017 by Steve Lipman he 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?

Posted on February 13, 2017

Published in The Times of Israel, February 13, 2017 by Simona Weinglass 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 Continue Reading »

Jewish Literacy – Unfortunately, it’s Not Enough

Posted on January 30, 2017

Published in eJewishPhilanthropy, January 30, 2017 By Aryeh Ben David 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 Continue Reading »

Soulful Staff Meetings

Posted on January 20, 2017

Published in EJewishPhilanthropy, January 20, 2017 by Aryeh Ben David 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 Continue Reading »

Forget Continuity, Keep Teens ‘Happy’

Posted on January 11, 2017

Published in The Jewish Week, January 11, 2017 Republished in New Jersey Jewish News, January 18, 2017 by Hannah Dreyfus How do you keep today’s Jewish teens engaged? Keep them happy, urges David Bryfman, chief innovation officer at the Jewish Education Project. While in the past, Jewish education has stressed the transmission of knowledge, skills Continue Reading »

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