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Jewish Purpose for a Europe in Crisis

Jewish Purpose for a Europe in Crisis

Greece on the path to a 3rd painful rescue plan… Over 1,800 migrants dead trying to reach Europe in the first half of 2015 (UNHCR)… Populist Parties on an unprecedented rise, both on the far right and the far left… Over 23 million unemployed people in the EU (Eurostat, May 2015)… Over 6,000 dead since April 2014 in the Ukraine-Russia war over Donbass… “At the European level, (at least) 5,000 [...]

No decision about me, without me

No decision about me, without me

This core statement presented by Janet Leech, the Head of Learning Disabilities at Enfield Council in London at the conclusion of JCC Global’s Amitim– Fellows Special Needs Seminar captures the essence of a groundbreaking experience. Executive directors, senior staff members and volunteers from the Mazal Tov JCC in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, the Shore Front Y in New York and the Eilat Community Centers in Israel gathered in London to learn about [...]

Why we need to work together and with others to combat anti-Semitism and hatred of all kinds

Why we need to work together and with others to combat anti-Semitism and hatred of all kinds

Why we need to work together and with others to combat anti-Semitism and hatred of all kinds The double-whammy attacks in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year demonstrated that terrorism and anti-Semitism often go together. Jewish communities have been highlighting this reality for years with limited success, and the attacks in Toulouse and Brussels were not enough to drive this connection home for many Europeans. Now it is clear that [...]

Humility

Humility

“It really is of importance, not only what (wo)men do, but what manner of (wo)men it is, that do it” [John Stuart Miller – English Philosopher 1859] Let’s face it, other than when we are sitting alone in an exam room, can we ever legitimately claim that success is down to us personally? Each of us, working in the organisation form part of at least one team, and is dependent [...]

The Prince and his Jews

The Prince and his Jews

Once upon a time (in fact last month) there was a prince of a little island kingdom (about 94 million square miles). He ruled (really he’s second in line to the throne and it’s a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government) justly, wisely and magnanimously. He was loved and respected by all (well almost all) of his subjects. He in turn loved and respected all of his subjects. In his [...]

Looking into the future

Looking into the future

Looking into the future (Leatid): Twenty years ago when it was founded, Leatid Europe, as part of JDC, together with ECJC, brought to the table the debates about how to build a Jewish Europe despite the many differences.  The discussions were about how to bridge the gap between communities in the east and the west and how to act regionally and also how to reach out to those unaffiliated. There was a [...]

Prejudices and reality – a reflection about homosexuality in Judaism

Prejudices and reality – a reflection about homosexuality in Judaism

The dilemmas modern Judaism deals with are exciting and uncountable. These dilemmas call for a thorough study of the Jewish Sources and the Jewish jurisprudence, to try to discover how these could be understood nowadays, in times of permanent changes. Unfortunately, not all the leaders of Judaism are versed in facing the current dilemmas or have the courage to be able to innovate or to confess that they don’t know [...]

A different future for the Jewish Communities of Europe

A different future for the Jewish Communities of Europe

Few projects in the Jewish World are closer to my heart than Leatid. Leatid, as it name indicates, was about imagining a different future for the Jewish Communities of Europe. Leatid was subversive, in the sense that it tried to change the way in which we understand Jewish Communities. It tried – and did – offer a radical new look at the challenges and dilemmas that Jewish Leaders face at the [...]

Happy 20th anniversary Leatid and Behatslaha!

Happy 20th anniversary Leatid and Behatslaha!

I loved working for Leatid Europe. I felt so lucky to have a job that I could feel so passionate about. I worked as the Leatid Coordinator between 1997 and 1999 and then become Associate Director from 2000 to 2006 and again, from 2010 to 2012. In that time I met and worked with over 1000 leaders of Jewish Communities – Lay leaders, professionals and Rabbis from all throughout Europe. [...]

Building a network of Jewish leaders

Building a network of Jewish leaders

I had been invited to attend a session of the Top leaders seminar in Venice in 1996. I attracted to this session my friends Richard Prasquier and Jean-François Guthmann. Not only did we enjoy the thought provoking training, the mix of Judaism, board management, data findings and forward thinking about our communities, we also were given a rare opportunity to meet with our counterparts from other European cities/countries, to realize [...]

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