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Yesod Vlogs

Shabbat Vlog: Parashat Noach

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Bereshit

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Sukkot

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Ha'azinu

In this week’s parsha vlog Naomi Minsky discusses the power of song in our spiritual journeys, especially in times of crisis. Naomi is an Assistant Director of Education, New North London Synagogue, UK. Kaplan Fellows @Yesod – Cohort I.

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Shabbat Vlog: Rosh Hashanah

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Netzavim

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Ki Tavo

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Ki Teitze

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. 

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Shoftim

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Re'eh

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Eikev

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Va'etchanan

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Devarim

In this week’s Vlog, Lauren Hamburger explores the role and impact of narrative and storytelling in communication, especially for community leaders. Lauren is Director of PJ Library UK.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Matot-Masei

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Pinchas

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Chukat Balak

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Korach

In this week’s vlog Danielle Chaimovitz Basok explores leadership lessons for today from the story of Korach and his rebellion against the leadership of Moses. Danielle is a Jewish Educator in Wroclaw, Poland. Kaplan Fellow @Yesod – Cohort II.

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Yesod Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Shelach

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Baha'alotcha

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. 

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Nasso

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.

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Shavuot Vlog

The Book of Ruth and the values of loyalty and kindness for a lesson in strong leadership

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Bamidbar

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Behar/Bechukotai

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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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Emor

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.

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Shabbat Vlog: Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim

Finding humanity next door, and behind every door, in Israel and beyond.

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Shabbat Vlog - Parashat Tzav

Amidst the current stress and uncertainty, this week’s parsha helps us take a moment to reflect and be thankful for the blessings in our life.

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Shabbat Vlog - Parashat Vayikra 

In this week’s Shabbat Vlog, the central theme of the Book of Vayikra – holiness, will be explored. How holiness in space, time and people, can help us to fortify our homes in this challenging period when our homes have become our entire world.

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Shabbat Vlog - Parashat Vayakhel Pekudei

Introducing Yesod’s Vlog – Reflections on Parashat Vayakhel Pekudei and building community in our challenging times.

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Yesod Podcasts

Lech Lecha

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’.

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Measuring Success

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.

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Settings Aims & Objectives

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.

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Being Inclusive- B'tzelem Elohim

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.

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Diversity and Debate

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.

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How do we tell a story?

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.

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Chanukah the Tofu of Jewish Holidays

In just 15 minutes, our engaging podcast will illuminate the different ways our tradition understands the meaning of Chanukah. Download the accompanying source sheet to follow the sources mentioned.

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Yesod Webinars

Virtual Training series: Sustainable Funding Training Webinar with Ilana Jackman

Thursday 23 July 2020, 11:00 – 12:15 CEST.

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.

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Virtual Training Series: Being an Employer in 2020 & Beyond Webinar with Melanie Sobell Zaken

Tuesday 28 July 2020, 11:00 – 12:15 CEST

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.

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Beginners Guide to Zoom

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.

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YESOD WEBINAR: VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

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.

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YESOD WEBINAR:THE GLOBAL DAY OF JEWISH LEARNING

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.

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