In this week’s parsha vlog as Jacob is on his deathbed, Myriam Ackermann Sommer discusses the Jewish value of sanctity of life and shows how we can have holiness in times of pain and grief through care for those in need. Myriam is a Rabbinical Student. Living in Paris, France.Find out more
In this week’s parsha vlog Laura Cazes draws inspiration from the story of Joseph reuniting with his father. She shares idea of what we can learn from these leading figures when struggling in situations of uncertainty. Laura is the Organizational Development Advisor at the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany (ZWST). Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort IFind out more
In this week’s Parsha Vlog Valeria Milano draws leadership lessons from Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams, emphasising the importance of investing in ourselves as a resilient resource for a long-term strategy, and how they are especially relevant to us today. Valeria is the Coordinator of Educational Program at Keren Kayemeth Leisrael, Italy. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort IFind out more
In this week’s Parsha Vlog, Émile Ackermann explores the power relationship between Joseph and his brothers, comparing it with the Assyrian story of Esarhaddon and his brothers. He points out fascinating similarities and differences between the two stories. Émile is a Rabbinical Student. Living in Paris, France. He is a Yesod Ma’ayan Educator.Find out more
In this week’s Parsha Vlog, Jonathan Schoppig draws inspiration and lessons in leadership for the twenty-first century from Jacob’s three-fold solution in facing his brother Esav who is preparing for war, highlighting the need to be agile and to blend different approaches. Jonathan is a Manager Leadership Projects at Swiss Union of Jewish students (SUJS). Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort IIFind out more
In this week’s parsha Vlog, Jeremy Borovitz explores the themes of stones in parshat Vayeitze, and how they represent coverings of richness and good, and how this can help us navigate the difficult times we are experiencing today. Jeremy is a Senior Jewish Educator at Base Berlin Hillel Deutschland, Germany. He is a Yesod Ma’ayan Educator.Find out more
In this week’s Parsha Vlog, Karolina Garlinska draws inspiration from the character of Yaakov, who was continuously wrestling with his identity and relationship with God, and refused to give up on his destiny despite many setbacks. Karolina works at the Jewish Community of Szczecin, Poland. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort I.Find out more
In this week’s Pasrha vlog, Mila Stojanovic dedicates her vlog to the memory of Rabbi Lord Sacks, and finds inspiration for her work in diversity and inclusion at European Union of Jewish Students from both Abraham in Parshat Chayei Sarah, and Rabbi Sacks, both of whom demonstrated the importance of leaving a foundation for future generations to build on. Mila is the Executive Director of European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS). Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort IFind out more
In this week’s Vlog, Rabbi Josh Weiner presents the concepts of Chesed (loving kindness) and Din (strict judgement) as represented in our forefathers, Avraham and Yitzchak. He argues from the kabbalistic tradition we have to maintain a balance between these two concepts in the world, and as there is more than a fair share of Din in the world, we should focus on increasing chesed with acts of overflowing love and kindness. Josh is the Educational Coordinator at the Fraenkelufer Synagogue, Berlin, Germany. He is a Yesod Ma’ayan Educator.Find out more
In this week’s vlog, Daniela Greiber shares her own very personal connections to Israel, relating this to Parshat Lech Lecha, where we find God asking Avraham to take a journey from his birthplace in Mesopotamia to the Promised Land, the Land of Israel. Daniela is the Jewish Education Grants Programme Manager at Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, UK.Find out more
In this week’s Yesod Shabbat Vlog, Parshat Noach, Luciana Pattin draws inspiration from the age of the flood to navigate a way through the age of Coronavirus. Luciana is from Paris, France. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort I.
To see Luciana’s Vlog in Spanish click here.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog, as we start the new annual cycle of parshiot once again, Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers presents the creation narrative and the concept of shabbat as models for finding a balance in our lives between the physical and the spiritual. Debbie is a Rabbi at the Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue, London, UK. She is a Yesod Professional Development Fund Recipient.Find out more
In this special Sukkot edition of the Yesod Vlog, Sandra Anusiewicz Baer explores what holy time means in Judaism in both the divine and natural realms of our existence. Sandra is the Coordinator at Zacharias Frankel College, Berlin, Germany. She is a Yesod Virtual Bet Midrash Participant.Find out more
In this week’s special Rosh Hashanah vlog, Daniel Rose, Yesod Director of Educational Programming, explores the theme of taking active personal responsibility in the High Holidays liturgy and in the thoughts of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, and Dr. Edith Eger.Find out more
In this week’s vlog, Sandra Yerushalmi discusses the philosophical issues of choice and freewill, and the renewal of the covenant in Parshat Netzavim. She suggests that every generation needs to consider how it will renew the covenant, and the role Jewish educators can play in this. Sandra is a Jewish Studies Program Coordinator at Alliance israélite universelle. Living in France. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort I.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog, Jonas Belaiche takes us on a journey through the sibling relationships found in the Book of Genesis as a way to understand the mitzvah of Bikurim (the First Fruits) which is found in this week’s parsha of Ki Tavo, showing how the capacity to love and care for the other before ourselves is a quintessential Jewish value. Jonas is a Deputy Director – Youth Department at Fonds Social Juif Unifié (FSJU). Living in France. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort II.Find out more
In this week’s Parsha Vlog, as the Israelites prepare to enter the Land of Israel, Ben Vos explores the national socio-ethical mitzvot on which biblical Jewish society is to be built. These mitzvot and their inherent values are as relevant to us and our society today as they ever were. Ben is a Strategic Projects Lead, United Synagogue, UK. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort II.Find out more
In this week’s vlog, Sonja Vilicic explores the different models of biblical leadership found in Parshat Shoftim, and what we can learn from them today. Sonja is a Jewish educator and activist. Living in Serbia. She is a Yesod Virtual Bet Midrash Participant.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog, Faustine Goldberg-Sigal shows how the ultimate value of life found in the parsha should be a guiding principle in everyday decisions, especially this year, urging us to “choose life!”. Faustine lives in France and is the International Director of Jewish Education at Moishe House. She is a Yesod Professional Development Fund Recipient.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog, Dario Helman ties in ideas from parshat Eikev and the Jewish calendar to show how listening is a core value in Judaism and a key to creating more love in the world. Following his presentation (at minute 9:40), Dario leads us in a practical meditation focusing on these ideas. Dario is a Communications Professional and Jewish Educator, Dublin, Ireland.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog, Maxim Delchev encourages us to take a deep breath and renew our relationship with and understanding of the Ten Commandments. Maxim is the Educational Director of Shalom, Bulgaria, and recipient of Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarship.Find out more
As the Israelites prepared to cross the river Jordan into the Promised Land, Magda Zucker reflects on the value of keeping our promises, the impact of when we do this and when we don’t. Magda is from Bucharest, Romania. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort II.Find out more
In this week’s Shabbat Vlog, Zsuzsa Fritz explores God’s reaction to the zealotry of Pinchas as an example of good leadership mentoring, and the request Moses makes of God to find a successor to him as an example of effective and noble leadership succession, through the parsha and the poetry of Yehuda Amichai. Zsuzsa is the Director of JCC Budapest – Balint Haz and Yesod Professional Development Fund Recipient.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog Hannah Gaventa explores the vulnerability of Moses’ leadership, the vulnerability of the people in the desert and their dependence on their leaders and on God to provide their basic needs, and lessons to be drawn for our times. Hannah lives in London, UK and is a recipient of a Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarship.Find out more
In this week’s vlog, guest presenter Daniel Aviv explores the responsibilities for communication that come with leadership and the importance of constructing narrative, from the story of the spies in parshat Shelach. Daniel is a Jewish Education Officer at ZWST in Germany and a Yesod Jewish Camping Community of Practice Participant.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog, Shoshana Bloom presents seven lessons from Parshat Bha’alotcha, one for each of the branches of the menorah in the temple that features in the parsha. These ideas help us make sense of our world in turmoil, and inspire us along the journey to an unknown destination, that we believe and hope will be brighter than today. You can also find the vlog here with English subtitles. Shoshana is Global Chair of Limmud and Yesod Virtual Bet Midrash Participant.Find out more
Finding human dignity and value in the parsha in an age obsessed with numbers. Our guest presenter this week is Mina Pasajilic, Programme Director, Szarvas International Jewish Youth Camp, Belgrade, Serbia and a Yesod Jewish Camping Community of Practice Participant.Find out more
In this week’s Vlog for Parshat Bamidbar, we find the Israelites at the beginning of what becomes a very long journey in the desert to the Promised Land. The message explored here is that sometimes progress takes a very long and winding road to fruition. Guest vlogger – Miriam Lorie, Jewish Educator, Recipient of Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarships.Find out more
Finding inspiration in the transition from the Book of Vayikra which we complete this week to the Book of Bamidbar that we begin next week, we find the message that we should always strive to grow and develop and bring goodness into the world, and that mitzvot can help us do this. Guest Vlogger – Rabbi Naftoli Surovtsev, Baden-Baden, Germany. Kaplan Fellow @Yesod – Cohort II.
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Drawing on this week’s parsha and Moses’ experience of judging cases, we explore different types of decision making – fast, slow, and having the humility to ask for guidance and collaboration. Guest Vlogger – Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, Director of Jewish Education, JDC-Europe.Find out more
Yesod spoke with Student Rabbi David Maxa from the Abraham Geiger College in Germany, about the ‘Lech Lecha’ journey and how it applies to Jewish community work.
In his short (15 minute) podcast David focuses on the idea of insecurity and how we can learn to deal with it using the wisdom derived from ‘Lech Lecha’.Find out more
Once you have set goals, how do you know if you have achieved them? That is where measurement comes in. In Colin’s second short podcast, he emphasizes how important it is to think carefully about measuring the impact of your programs. This is critical for a few reasons. Firstly, it helps you and your colleagues refine and clarify exactly what you are hoping to achieve and why. It pushes you to keep improving your work, and often it is also a central piece of a funding request.Find out more
Yesod spoke with Colin Bulka, Director of JDC Hungary, an experienced Jewish community professional and educator, who shares his experience and theories in this month’s podcast exploring the whys, whats and hows of setting aims and objectives.
Listen to Colin’s podcast together with your team and use our Sefaria source sheet to study Jewish texts about the importance of having shared aims.Find out more
In this month’s Yesod podcast Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, Director of Jewish Education for Europe for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), teaches how Jewish texts and values offer a structure to make all Jews, no matter the disability, feel included and welcome in our community. Click here to view the accompanying source sheet.Find out more
Faustine Sigal, International Director of Jewish Education for Moishe House, talks about this text and others as she explains how diversity is an opportunity to create open and respectful environments. Listen to Yesod’s exclusive interview with Faustine.
Faustine brings theories that proved successful as she navigates different cultures, personalities and opinions.Find out more
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss asks “How do we tell a story?” and in just 14 minutes presents four different ways that Jewish tradition answers that question in relation to the Purim story (also known as the “Megillah”).
Where does the Purim story begin and what might we be able to leave out? David shows us four approaches to this question that represent four different perspectives on Jewish history and our personal understanding of the Purim story. Listen to the podcast to understand multiple opinions on the meaning of Purim for us today. Download the accompanying source sheet and follow along with the debate.Find out more
Do you have responsibility for fundraising in your organisation, and lack experience or confidence? Join an interactive webinar with professional fundraising coach Ilana Jackman. She will start you off on the path to sustainably funding your organisation. This webinar is for Jewish community professionals living and working in Europe/UK who have fundraising responsibility.Find out more
Are you experiencing staffing and restructuring challenges in your team or organization related to Covid-19? Join HR Director, organizational consultant and career coach Melanie Sobell Zaken in a training webinar to look at some of the questions regarding staffing models that organizations could be looking at in the current reality. What options can employers provide for their employees, while saving precious resources and still getting the job done? This webinar is for Jewish community professionals living and working Europe/UK who have a human resources / staffing responsibility.Find out more
Zoom has in recent times become the most popular and widely used video conferencing platform due to its stability, user-friendly interface, and versatile features. Since the world has been hit by the Coronacrisis this has only increased. If you would like to learn how to better use Zoom as a platform for your work in the community then this recorded webinar, facilitated by Daniel Rose, Yesod’s Director of Educational Programming, is for you. Watch the recording of the Yesod Webinar: Beginners Guide to Zoom. Follow up sessions will be scheduled, including brainstorming and sharing of ideas and experience in using Zoom and other digital platforms for community programming.Find out more
Yesod has hosted a webinar with the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) on Volunteer Management, that covered the basics about the core issues that should be part of working with volunteers.The webinar is for community professionals and educators interested in an introduction to the topic and learning more about working effectively with volunteers. Click here to see the recording.Find out more
The Global Day of Jewish Learning brings the Jewish people together once a year to celebrate the shared texts through community-based learning. To find out about events near you, to host an event or to access the materials in different languages go to their website.
Watch the recording of the Yesod Webinar: Host a Global Day of Jewish to learn about this free opportunity for your community and a taste of the learning materials.Find out more