Community Development - Page 2
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 (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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
On a late summer day of September 1996, a group of 12 young European Jewish leaders in their late thirties & forties got together nearby Geneva, in a nice yet simple mansion belonging to ORT. They were writing a new chapter in the history of European Jewish life, as participants to the first session of the first Leaders XXI seminar, which, following an introductory Top leaders seminar a few months before, [...]
Life constantly provides us with opportunities to learn and discover new things. When we are leaders, lay or professional, we our enthusiastic and strive to do our best. We often believe that our own business and life experiences are enough. However, this is only partially true. The real challenge lies in adding a new dimension to our knowledge. Like in every job, the best people, from doctors to scientists, from [...]
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