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Kislev, 5783

Kislev 5783

Beyond Answering a Question with a Question

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By Rabbi David Levin Kruss Yesod Europe’s Jewish Learning Director Walk into a Jewish organization and you will often find professionals questioning, arguing, and being expressive. These qualities stem from both historic experience and also from our texts and how we study them. As far back as the Torah, we have stories of arguments with God and leaders. The bible even has entire books that contradict each other. And in the Talmud, stories and law rub shoulders with each other and sometimes challenge each other. In Jewish texts, important material is surrounded by commentary. The page comes alive as the

Tishrei 5783

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur: Atoning One Website at a Time

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By Rabbi David Levin-Kruss Yesod Europe’s Jewish Learning Director The other day I went into a favorite cafe and ordered. While I was waiting, I got impatient as usually I would have used the app and had the food ready for me. We seem to use apps for everything – to book tickets, meet people, buy groceries. And, in our professional lives, to make meetings, organize conferences, communicate with our participants. Well, it’s about time the internet is utilized to help us through the challenges of Yom Kippur. In the Unetaneh Tokef prayer, said on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

Av 5782

When might more flexible boundaries benefit Jewish community professionals?

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By Colin Bulka, Yesod Europe Programme Director In my time as a community worker, I’ve worked for a variety of organisations in both Jewish and non- Jewish settings and there is one distinction that has caused me to reflect on the meaning of the ‘professional’ aspect of my role as a Jewish community professional. This concerns the extent to which, in any given workplace, I am part of the community that the organisation serves, or not. The idea of a ‘professional’ can conjure up a myriad of associations, depending on context. Sometimes it simply implies payment, in others competence and

Tammuz 5782

King David's Lessons on Healthy (and Unhealthy) Succession Planning

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By Rabbi Rebecca Lillian, Shir Hazafon: Progressive Judaism in Denmark. Three dearly important mentors of mine are retiring this year. Each one created, nurtured and led   transformative projects. They were teachers and models to a generation of Jewish leaders. It’s hard to imagine those organizations without these individuals at the helm. Yet many Jewish organizations face similar concerns as their founders step down. Avrum Lupin notes in eJewishPhilanthropy that too little is being written about the many challenges faced by the organizations that they leave behind. This prompted me to look at what our texts teach about succession planning. What

Sivan 5782

"I will survive" – Thoughts on Jewish Endurance

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By Rabbi David Levin-Kruss Introduction “Israel is laid waste. His seed is no more!” Carved on a big black stone in Egypt in the thirteenth century BCE, these are the first words about the Jews outside the bible. And, ironically, they’re a death notice for one of the world’s longest living peoples. Contrary to “one’s seed being no more,” the survival of the Jewish people is an exciting puzzle to be solved. So much so that the Dalai Lama has met with prominent Jewish thinkers to learn from them how Tibetans can survive their own diaspora.   Here are five popular

Iyar 5782

With Crisis Comes Responsibility

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By Rabbi Zsolt Balla The past two years our communities and our world experienced major crises. The COVID-pandemic was a serious challenge to individuals and communities. Many of our old ways and concepts had to change. How can we make sure that we do not lose contact with our elderly members? How can we make sure that we keep the spark of tradition alive for those less connected? How can we make sure that those who are not visible to us will not be exploited or abused? Two years after the pandemic started, we still struggle with these questions. And

Nisan 5782

Innovation or Reinvention?

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By David Levin-Kruss, Yesod Europe Jewish Learning Director  Have you ever filled out a grant application form? Almost always there is a question about what is new, different, or innovative about the program you want money for. But what is innovation? Why is it seen as so important? And is it as crucial as it is made out to be? Many of us know the Hebrew word “chadash” which means new. But there’s a related Hebrew word “chidush” which means innovation, novelty, discovery, or new idea. In Chagiga 3a in the Babylonian Talmud it tells us that it is impossible

Adar 2 5782

To be data-driven like Pesach or take a leap of faith like Purim?

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By Josh Weiner, Rabbi and Jewish Educator, France When I am at my best, I try to think about the consequences of any action that I will be taking. I follow rules and guidelines I have set for myself. This is parallel to a growing trend in both the business and non-profit world focusing on data-driven management. Rather than deciding what’s good based on whims, rumours, and ego, we have systems in place to make effective decisions. This is what I usually do but, every so often, I throw caution to the wind and do something impulsive based on inner

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Reflective Practice

Shevat 5782

A Time to Speak and a Time to Listen

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By Sarita Robinson I recently accidentally revealed that I knew something that I was not…

Tishrei 5782

Shmita: A Time for Personal and Professional Renewal

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By Szilvi Somlai Is shmita an ancient and outdated mitzva, incompatible with modern, often completely…

Sivan 5781

A Practical Jewish Approach to Work-life Balance. Spoiler Alert: This Article Is NOT About Shabbat

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By Rabbi David Levin-Kruss Full disclosure: I am feverishly writing these thoughts during non-work hours…

Nissan 5781

Productivity vs. Happiness

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As I read the Peter Principle article, I was reminded of a different but related…

Elul 5780

Take a Deep Breath & Take Stock This Elul

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The month of Elul is traditionally a period of Cheshbon Hanefesh (self-introspection and reflection) and taking stock, as we...
AV 5780

Tisha Ba’Av and the Power of Now

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Rosh Chodesh Av falls this year on Wednesday the 22nd of July, and with it...
Tammuz 5780

Finding Models for Resilience in Jewish History: Yavneh, Option B, and Camp This Summer

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Chodesh Tammuz Tov!Rosh Chodesh Tammuz reminds us we are on the brink of summer, but...
Cheshvan 5780

 The Genius of the Routine

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Congratulations, you made it! You made it to Cheshvan. You survived some or all of…

Elul 5779

Healing Relationships with Emotional Intelligence

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Chodesh Tov! The month of Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and taking stock…

Setting Objectives

Nissan 5781

Productivity vs. Happiness

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As I read the Peter Principle article, I was reminded of a different but related…

Elul 5778

The Challenge of Change

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the month of Elul. This is an anticipatory time of…

Av 5778

Taking Stock and Measuring Success

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Chodesh tov! In last month’s newsletter we learnt from Colin Bulka, Director of JDC Hungary,…

Tammuz 5778

Aiming Smart

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  Chodesh Tov! Shalom, and Chodesh Tov from the relatively quiet month of Tammuz. This…

Sivan 5778

The Power of a Shared Vision

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Chodesh Tov! The Hebrew month of Sivan is here and very soon we celebrate Shavuot…

Tammuz 5777

Tammuz – Planting for the Future

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As Jewish community professionals and educators, we tend to be focused on the future. We…

Cheshvan 5777

Cheshvan: A Time of Transition

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One of the things we most appreciate about the Jewish calendar is the way that the…

Chanukah

Kislev 5777

Kislev: Chanukah

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For Kislev we offer you a brand new podcast, “Chanukah: The Tofu of Jewish Holidays…

Tevet 5780

The message of Chanukah: We can Change the World!

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The festival of Chanukah is unique in that it spreads across two Hebrew months. It…

Kislev 5780

Chanukah as a Lesson in Adaptive Leadership

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If it’s Rosh Chodesh Kislev, it must mean that we are almost there. The Jewish festival of light – Chanukah – which falls on the 25th Kislev (this year the…

Tevet 5779

The Light in the Darkness

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We hope you had an enjoyable and light-filled Chanukah, during the darkest time of the…

Kislev 5778

Chanukah – A Festival of Rededication

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As Kislev begins our thoughts turn to Chanukah: the Festival of Lights. While Chanukah is…

Tevet 5777

New Years and New Resolutions

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Winter is… here. We have arrived at the darkest part of the year, and the…

Happiness

Nissan 5781

Productivity vs. Happiness

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As I read the Peter Principle article, I was reminded of a different but related…

Tishrei 5780

Joyful Communities

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Shana Tova! Welcome to the first month (Tishrei) of 5780! The month of Tishrei is…

Adar 5778

Purim - Keeping the Happiness Alive 

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Shalom and Chodesh Tov for Adar! This month we celebrate the most happy and fun…

Nisan 5777

Nisan: Happiness, Pesach and Jewish Life

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It’s Spring! This means that Pesach (Passover) is just around the corner! One of the names…

Many Voices

Adar 5781

Thinking out of the Box and Playing by the Rules

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When the Hebrew month of Adar comes round many start thinking about Purim, fun, costumes...
Nisan 5778

Nisan: Creating Inclusivity

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Shalom, On Seder night (coming up this year on March 30th) we make the powerful…

Shevat 5778

Two Jews, Three Opinions: Diversity and Debate

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Shalom, It may be cold outside, but soon spring will come and the natural world…

Iyar 5777

Iyar – Countdown to Torah

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Welcome to the month of Iyar! After all the excitement of Pesach, Iyar is traditionally…

Jewish Learning

Tammuz 5781

Learning From Each Other

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By Dr. Dragana Stojanović As community professionals, we often find ourselves occupied with daily tasks:…

Kislev 5781

Enduring Legacies: Rabbi Sacks & Rabbi Steinsaltz

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As we enter the month of Kislev, in which we will be celebrating the festival…

Cheshvan 5781

Grow & be inspired with lifelong Jewish learning

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the month of Cheshvan. Chesvan is the only month in...
Sivan 5780

Standing At Sinai. Again.

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Chodesh Sivan Tov!On the 6th of Sivan (this year beginning on the evening of 28th...
Shevat 5779

Choose Your 2019 Jewish Learning Journey!

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Chodesh Tov & Happy 2019! Yesod was established to support the dedicated and hard-working professionals…

Shavout

Sivan 5780

Standing At Sinai. Again.

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Chodesh Sivan Tov!On the 6th of Sivan (this year beginning on the evening of 28th...
Sivan 5778

The Power of a Shared Vision

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Chodesh Tov! The Hebrew month of Sivan is here and very soon we celebrate Shavuot…

Iyar 5777

Iyar – Countdown to Torah

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Welcome to the month of Iyar! After all the excitement of Pesach, Iyar is traditionally…

Sivan 5777

Shavuot – Ruth and Jewish Peoplehood

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Last month we focused on the holiday of Shavuot, which falls on the 6th and…

Pesach

Nissan 5780

A Nation of Educators

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Chodesh Tov, While the world around us is struggling to come to terms with these...
Nisan 5778

Nisan: Creating Inclusivity

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Shalom, On Seder night (coming up this year on March 30th) we make the powerful…

Adar 5777

The Power of Telling Jewish Stories 

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Welcome to the month of Adar and one of the busiest and most exciting periods…

Nisan 5777

Nisan: Happiness, Pesach and Jewish Life

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It’s Spring! This means that Pesach (Passover) is just around the corner! One of the names…

Purim

Adar 5780

Esther and Accepting the Call to Leadership

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Happy Rosh Chodesh Adar!Happy is in fact the operative word here. The Talmud tells us...
Adar 5778

Purim - Keeping the Happiness Alive 

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Shalom and Chodesh Tov for Adar! This month we celebrate the most happy and fun…

Adar 5777

The Power of Telling Jewish Stories 

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Welcome to the month of Adar and one of the busiest and most exciting periods…

Shevat 5777

The promise of Spring…

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Chodesh Tov! Even in the depths of winter, there is the promise of Spring. According…

Evaluation

Elul 5778

The Challenge of Change

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the month of Elul. This is an anticipatory time of…

Av 5778

Taking Stock and Measuring Success

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Chodesh tov! In last month’s newsletter we learnt from Colin Bulka, Director of JDC Hungary,…

Tammuz 5778

Aiming Smart

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  Chodesh Tov! Shalom, and Chodesh Tov from the relatively quiet month of Tammuz. This…

Tammuz 5777

Tammuz – Planting for the Future

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As Jewish community professionals and educators, we tend to be focused on the future. We…

Tu B’shvat

Shvat 5780

Tu B’Shvat – A Call to Ethical & Environmental Responsibility

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Happy Rosh Chodesh Shvat!The month of Shvat contains the minor festival of Tu B’Shvat. This literally...
Tevet 5777

New Years and New Resolutions

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Winter is… here. We have arrived at the darkest part of the year, and the…

Sukkot

Tishrei 5780

Joyful Communities

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Shana Tova! Welcome to the first month (Tishrei) of 5780! The month of Tishrei is…

Tishrei 5778

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

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The central symbol of Rosh Hashanah is definitely the shofar – the ram’s horn that…

Israel

Iyar 5780

Finding Hope in Our Past for the Future

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Chodesh Tov and welcome to the new month of Iyar. For many of us (if...
Iyar 5778

Celebrating 70 Years!

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Welcome to the month of Iyar, and this month’s Yesod newsletter. This is a packed…

Iyar 5777

Iyar – Countdown to Torah

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Welcome to the month of Iyar! After all the excitement of Pesach, Iyar is traditionally…

Storytelling

Nissan 5780

A Nation of Educators

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Chodesh Tov, While the world around us is struggling to come to terms with these...
Adar 5777

The Power of Telling Jewish Stories 

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Welcome to the month of Adar and one of the busiest and most exciting periods…

Shevat 5777

The promise of Spring…

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Chodesh Tov! Even in the depths of winter, there is the promise of Spring. According…

Environment

Shvat 5780

Tu B’Shvat – A Call to Ethical & Environmental Responsibility

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Happy Rosh Chodesh Shvat!The month of Shvat contains the minor festival of Tu B’Shvat. This literally...

Rosh Hashanah

Tishrei 5778

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

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The central symbol of Rosh Hashanah is definitely the shofar – the ram’s horn that…

Yom Kippur

Tishrei 5778

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

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The central symbol of Rosh Hashanah is definitely the shofar – the ram’s horn that…

Jewish Peoplehood

Adar 1 5782

Bar/Bat Mitzva – Onboarding into Jewish Young Adulthood

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By David Levin-Kruss, Yesod Europe Jewish Learning Director How are the following similar? Going into the…

Cheshvan 5778

Peoplehood in Practice: The JCC Model

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The last few weeks have been a perfect time to see Jews functioning as a…

Sivan 5777

Shavuot – Ruth and Jewish Peoplehood

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Last month we focused on the holiday of Shavuot, which falls on the 6th and…

Management

Tevet 5782

Starting The Day, The Jewish Way: Talmudic Guidelines For Prioritizing Projects

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I get up in the morning, turn on the computer and there are almost limitless…

Iyar 5781

What If They Get It Wrong? Talmudic Wisdom For Delegators And Those Delegated To

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By Rabbi David Levin-Kruss For many, it is hard to delegate. What happens if the…