New Website Connects Teens to Jewish Life

2019-12-23T19:30:36+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Are you a teen? A parent of a teen? is the site you’ve been waiting for. I usually write about kid-friendly topics here at JewishBoston, and often that news skews younger, toward the tween-and-under set. Good news: Now JewishBoston has its very own teen-centered website,, which showcases opportunities for leadership, travel, camp, volunteering and more, [...]

Greater Boston Makes Youth Mental Health a Priority

2019-12-23T19:23:30+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boston, along with several other communities, is making adolescent wellness a priority. Today, teens and young people are struggling. More than 3 million adolescents, representing over 13% of the population, have experienced a major depressive episode, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The numbers are equally high for adolescents experiencing eating disorders, substance abuse and [...]

What does a Positive Relationship with Israel Mean?

2019-12-23T19:19:15+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

By Jeff Blumental and Rabbi Karen Thomashow “As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.” (Parker Palmer). As educators, we are driven by questions – some of which we cannot easily answer. Whether a teacher in a classroom, a youth engagement professional, a parent or [...]

The Best-Kept Secret: A Strategic ‘Pivot’

2019-12-23T19:14:00+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

There are countless examples of strategic "pivots" to point to in the for-profit world, many of them from the not-too-distant past. Remember when Amazon just sold books, when Netflix mailed DVDs, or when the Gap was a record store that sold Levi's? It's rare, on the other hand, to hear about nonprofits making the same kind [...]

It’s Not Magic

2019-09-10T04:36:10+00:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Pulling back the curtain on professional growth and development for teen education and engagement professionals in Boston. People frequently talk about the magic of camp, youth group, tikkun olam/social action experiences and so many other engagement opportunities for teens. However, as many of us have learned, even magic isn’t exactly magic. Magic is the illusion of performing [...]

The Intangible Work of Sustainability

2019-09-01T16:52:30+00:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Kelly Cohen, Director of JumpSpark in Atlanta, shares how they are using the Sustainability Diagnostic Tool to implement a Community Partner Network to expand Jewish engagement opportunities and to invest in Jewish professionals as the future of Jewish education.  The Or HaChaim, in his commentary on the book of Exodus says that when building the Mishkan the Israelites “encounter both [...]

Central Bureau of Jewish Education for Atlanta?

2019-07-14T16:56:06+00:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

By JAN JABEN-EILON Since Tribe 360 closed its doors over a decade ago, there’s been no central bureau or agency for Jewish education in Atlanta, but that's about to change. At one time, the Atlanta Jewish educational world was served by an organization known as Jewish Educational Services, or JES. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta later [...]

You are here: Home / Foundation-Grantee Partnerships / Will it Last? Introducing A Tool to Assess Program Sustainability Will it Last? Introducing A Tool to Assess Program Sustainability

2019-06-06T20:43:06+00:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

By Aaron Saxe “What would remain if Foundation funding disappeared?” This was a common question that former Jim Joseph Foundation Executive Director Chip Edelsberg posed to challenge the professional team during the early launch phases of Foundation-supported teen education initiatives. But really, the question itself reflects a guiding principle of the Foundation since its inception; that [...]

Cracking the Programming Code

2019-06-06T21:00:36+00:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Executive Summary Phase One of the New York Teen Initiative (NYTI) has been a four-year, nine-million-dollar endeavor to redefine the New York City area’s Jewish teen engagement through the incubation of new and innovative models for summer engagement, a robust online marketing platform (, and the provision of scholarships to participating teens and their families. The [...]

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