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With Appreciation – and then some.

A few years ago, we were introduced to the popular 'Six Word Memoirs' from Smith Magazine (http://sixwordmemoirs.com). The concept is that we can truly make our words count, and tell a whole story, in just six words. As an agency we used this technique for launching conversations around Jewish leadership, systemic change and even about our agency impact. As I considered how I might say what I truly wanted to say as I leave the doors of Jewish Learning Venture today, it occurred to me that perhaps I would be able to say it best in a six-word memoir. So, here [...]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Building Community, Ventures|Tags: |0 Comments

One Book, One Jewish Community’s (OBOJC) 9th Book!

by Elana Rivel, Associate Director The OBOJC Implementation Team is pleased to announce that, after much reading and conversation, we have selected our feature book for the 2015-2016 program year: A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka is a story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year-old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now [...]

Money, Membership and Community through a Jewish Lens

In order to effectively connect more people to Jewish life, Jewish Learning Venture seeks to establish and support cohesive systems – within and outside of current Jewish institutions that will enable more people to find meaning and relevance in Jewish life; and, to that will expand the presence, of “community.”