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A response to an “Interview with Zygmunt Bauman”

A response to an “Interview with Zygmunt Bauman”

He claims not to be a prophet but got it all so right. It is shocking in retrospect how little was done back then to respond to the crash in terms of his ‘we can’t go on like this’. We failed utterly to make any actual systemic changes – expect perhaps to bash the poor a bit more – and Brexit, Trump and perhaps Le Pen, AfD and others are the [...]

Interview with Zygmunt Bauman

Interview with Zygmunt Bauman

As a tribute to Zygmunt Bauman who just passed away, we would like to share with you an interview ICCD had with him. Bauman was one of the most prominent and prolific European sociologists of recent decades. Z”L Zygmunt Bauman was born in Poznań, Poland in 1925 and has resided in England since 1971. Bauman studied sociology and philosophy in Warsaw, after having served during World War II in the [...]

What Moses Teaches us About Leadership Transition

What Moses Teaches us About Leadership Transition

I was lucky. When I became the rabbi of my congregation, I followed a revered leader who had served the congregation for 25 years. He welcomed me graciously and lovingly, making it clear to the congregation that I was now the senior rabbi. Many colleagues have not been as lucky. Leadership succession is delicate and complex. It evokes deep emotions and fears. It raises questions of legacy, mortality, and self-worth. The [...]

What the Dog Saw

What the Dog Saw

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking” (Voltaire) I have often wondered why we often come up with organisation wide responses to situations or issues that arise; we compile a new policy and procedure or we may embark upon another audit when it feels at the back of the mind that there is another solution that is possibly more cost effective that will get to the heart of [...]

Why We Don´t Want ‘Strong Jewish Identities’

Why We Don´t Want ‘Strong Jewish Identities’

Imagine, if you will, Jewish educational hopes in the 1950s and 60s. Back then, the Jewish world – unconsciously, no one talked about it – was still reeling from the Shoah. Israel was uncontroversial but hardly easily accessible and a bit of an esoteric interest to many Jews. We kind of knew we couldn’t go on as we had but no-one much had any idea as to what to do [...]

Expressing myself without fear

Expressing myself without fear

One of the differences between freedom and slavery is marked by the ability to express oneself without fear. Saying what you want. Screaming or keeping quiet. Learning freedom to exercise it, discovering the power of the word contained in the message. It is no coincidence that some like to divide the name of the holiday to read pe – sach –the mouth that speaks-. As we must make use of [...]

Empowered Humility: Leveraging Your Limitations in Philanthropy

Empowered Humility: Leveraging Your Limitations in Philanthropy

Andrés Spokoiny’s Annual Address to the 2016 JFN Conference The rabbis of the Talmud read the story of the creation of the world and struggled to understand why humanity was created last in all creation. They explained it, as they often liked to do, with a paradox. Man’s position in creation should keep him humble, they said, since even the most insignificant of insects was created before him. But the [...]

In education less is more. Some lessons from a trip to Helsinki.

In education less is more. Some lessons from a trip to Helsinki.

Change is in the air for European Jewish schools, particularly when a group of 30 principals from across Europe gathers in Helsinki to learn firsthand about what is ostensibly the best educational system in the world. The mission was organized by the European Council of Jewish Communities and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, hosted by the Jewish Community of Helsinki and participants came from the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, [...]

Contradictions Mark Views on Jewish Future in Europe, Survey Says

Contradictions Mark Views on Jewish Future in Europe, Survey Says

With fresh debate on the future of Europe’s Jews once again in the news, an opinion survey of European Jewish leaders on their current status and future reveals a mix of apprehension and optimism present in the community. These leaders – who together with their fellow Jews face a surge of anti-Semitism, rising nationalism, terrorism, and economic uncertainty – were surveyed in the “Third Survey of European Jewish Leaders and [...]

Newsletters, social media and other ways of engaging

Newsletters, social media and other ways of engaging

The main purpose of this article is for us to reflect on how some Jewish organizations in Europe use their newsletters to communicate to their audience. Jewish organizations use different tools to communicate about their programs. Word of mouth, phone calls, boards, flyers, websites, newsletters, social media, apps, are some of these tools. They are the means to make sure that the information gets to the targeted market. In the [...]

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