AIDA’s Art Guide
AIDA’s Art Guide will take you off the beaten track and directly into the studios, workshops, and galleries of Israel’s decorative artists. The extra effort to visit these studios will not only be rewarding but will provide a glimpse of Israel you may not otherwise encounter.
Better Work, Better Life
For Jewish organizations to function at the highest levels, improved work-life policy is essential. This survey of 227 organizations reports on the degree of receptivity to improved work-life practices and policies and provides recommendations for what good values and good employment practices demand.
This research reports on a mounting body of evidence that has pointed to a growing distancing from Israel of American Jews, most pronounced among younger Jews, and explores critical questions behind their presumably diminished attachment to Israel.
Contact: New Trends in Fundraising
This article by Jeffrey R. Solomon details the risks and opportunities for “Jewish Fundraising 1.0 in a 3.0 Philanthropic World”. Given the generational changes in philanthropy, today’s Jewish organizational challenge is to speak to both the donor’s heart and head.
The Continuity of Discontinuity
A joint study commissioned by ACBP and 21/64, this survey reports on the ways young funders are connecting, creating, and organizing their own Jewish lives. Upon reading this study, we believe that the one thing they all share is the ability to engage young audiences in remarkable ways that can only serve to make one optimistic about the Jewish future.
Expanding Philanthropy to the Israeli Arab Community
ACBP commissioned the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Firm to poll a diverse cross-section of American Jews who contribute to pro-Israel and/or Jewish organizations on the various reasons why they donate to Israel, their perceptions of the current realities in Israel and their knowledge of Israel’s Arab minority.
Israel in Our Lives
Israel in Adult Education
The relationship between American Jews and Israel has been impacted by the growing differences between the two communities. This research outlines the challenges of adult Jewish education today and provides recommendations on how to enhance the quality and frequency of Israel education in adult learning experiences.
Israel in Bureaus of Jewish Education
A report on the track record of bureaus in Israel education, and recommendations for partnerships with other community organizations to allow BJEs to be successful in intensifying, disseminating, and improving Israel education throughout North America.
Israel Education Through Encounters With Israelis
This guide probes the broad subject of contact between Diaspora Jews and Israelis both in Israel and in your Jewish community. It describes the instances in which encounters currently occur, present some of the issues which need to be addressed by those wishing to enhance the experience, and recommend specific ways for expanding and increasing the effectiveness of such a potentially rich form of Israel education.
Israel in the Synagogue
The synagogue and Israel remain places where we can still find ourselves in an environment where being a Jew is a key to entry, where the dominant culture is Jewish, and where Jewish behavior is the prevailing norm. It is important that these two remain connected, in practice and in programming, and that the connection be continually enhanced.
Israel in Jewish Community Centers
An exploration of Jewish Community Centers, their historical significance, and the pivotal role they continue to play in engaging the community in meaningful and substantive “up-to-date” Israel experiences.
Israel in Jewish Day Schools
It is vital to create positive, living models of Jewish communal and personal life. Such examples will strengthen the psychological underpinning of Jewish identity, and enable it to emerge as a central part of the overall identity of our next generation.
Israel in Jewish Early Childhood Education
What does Israel mean today and what has it meant to different people at different times? What can it mean to young children? What do we want it to mean? How can learning about Israel promote a child's Jewish development? These questions and more are explored in this paper.
Israel in Jewish Summer Camps
A report on the historical significance of summer camps as a staple of Jewish communal life, and a look at the "curriculum" of the wide variety of movement-sponsored summer camps, suggests that over the past four decades Jewish camps have responded to the trends and developments of the ever-changing Jewish community.
Israel in our Lives: Teaching Israel
In the new millennium, two educational challenges call out to us: 1. Make Israel a dynamic and living force in the personal life of every modern Jew; 2. Significantly increase the number of Jews - particularly young Jews - who visit Israel. This guide explores the myriad issues and creative solutions to these challenges.
Israel in the Age of Eminem
We are not connecting effectively with young Jews. Indeed, the messages, messengers, and mechanisms we are using for our advocacy and fundraising may even be turning them off. This report’s findings shed considerable light on young Jews and their relationship with Israel and to the organized Jewish community in general.
Jewish Communal Professionals in North America
Profiling the Professionals: Who’s Serving Our Communities? We have little systematic evidence pertaining to their socio-demographic characteristics, Jewish background, current Jewish engagement, professional characteristics, and how these and other features may vary by age and gender. In this report, which analyzes results of the first social scientific survey of self-selected Jewish communal professionals in the United States and Canada, we begin to advance our understanding of these and related areas.
Jewish Foundations: A Needs Assessment Study
While other studies have examined the structural and ideological nature of giving among these Jewish institutions, the goal of this study is to identify the types of services, assistance, or programmatic initiatives that could be implemented to strengthen the effectiveness of these foundations.
JFN - Executive Development & Succession Planning
This research analyzes a vital issue facing our community: in the next ten years, a critical mass of executive leadership of Jewish community agencies will retire. The research began as an effort to design a professional development program to respond to these changes—but in the course of the work, additional challenges were revealed that offer potential guidance for interested funders.
JFN - Judaism 2.0: Identity, Philanthropy and the New Media
This report documents a few of the many ways that Jewish communications professionals are using new technology to engage in Jewish life. The latest thinking on new media can serve as a guide to Jewish philanthropic investment, and our aim is to inspire, as well as to inform about the potential of an exciting new field of thinking.
JFN – Reshaping the Landscape of Philanthropy through Partnerships
The healthy humility that characterizes the non-profit world—the acknowledgement that one does not necessarily know it all—lends itself to partnership. This paper discusses the challenges and opportunities that are inherent in new partnerships between the business and non-profit sector.
Jumpstart Report: Haskalah 2.0
Haskalah 2.0 is an analytical essay based on a consultation on Jewish innovation and social entrepreneurship which took place in Toronto on December 15-16, 2009. All quotes in the report are from participants in the consultation.
Justice, Justice Shall They Pursue
This research report examines young adult interest in long-term Jewish service options. While a sizeable number of students have a strong interest in Jewish long-term service options, the research also makes clear that even those most interested in extended service programs have important reservations about the goals, content, and structure of these experiences.
Jewish Identity and Community in a Time of Unlimited Choices: This study delves deeply into the mindset of a Jewish cohort that feel largely positive about their Jewish identities but are unsure as to how their religious identities play out in their daily lives.
This research, a collaboration of 21/64 and the Johnson Center for Family Philanthrophy, is the first major effort to understand what we can expect from the rising generations of high-capacity donors who promise to have an outsized impact on growing challenges in our world, affecting everything about 21st century philanthropy.
OMG! How Generation Y is Redefining Faith in the iPod Era
A unique survey examining issues of identity, community, and meaning, from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim youth, ages 18-25, across racial and ethnic lines. The findings also represent a snapshot of tomorrow, a glimpse of what may happen when Generation Y matures to the peak of its member’s participatory experiences.
Patterns of Singularity
This study explores the motivations of independent Jewish funders, focusing on their support for “independent, innovative initiatives” in Jewish life. Both benefactors and beneficiaries ask: how can other Jewish philanthropists be persuaded to join in supporting new independent and innovative endeavors in Jewish life – and how can we do so in the midst of an economic downturn?
Ripples from the Matzav
Grassroots Responses of American Jewry to the Situation in Israel: This monograph draws on the 150 interviews Carl Schrag conducted with hundreds of Jews, ranging from the highest figures in Jewish communal life to individual volunteers and grassroots activists far from the centers of Jewish institutions.
As the Council of Foundations has worked both to broaden services and enhance options for Next Gen leaders, questions about increasing Next Gen representation in leadership positions across philanthropy surfaced again and again. This report, the outgrowth of interviews with more than 18 seasoned and next generation philanthropic executives and trustees, offers candid insights worthy of action.
Visioning Justice and the American Jewish Community
Through research, analysis, and reflection, this report identifies key strategic directions for engaging more American Jews, more effectively, in issues of social and economic justice. It also seeks to engage and influence the Jewish community – that we may make more fully manifest our shared values, building movements for justice in this country and around the world.
Uncoupled: How our Singles are Reshaping Jewish Engagement
Most young adult, non-Orthodox Jews in America seem rather unengaged in Jewish life. This seems especially true of single Jews between the ages of 25 and 39. Few of them join synagogues or JCCs, even fewer contribute to Jewish federation campaigns. But what do these patterns means? Our analysis of recently collected national survey data finds some rather surprising answers.