Does Your Synagogue Give or Take?

Shavuot encourages us to remember that great things happen when we start from the premise of giving for the sake of giving.  The more we take the stance that giving is something to be done for its own sake, the more we create communities that exist for everybody’s sake.   Today, The Times of Israel published an essay I wrote about choosing giving over taking on Shavuot.  You can read the article by clicking on this link.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Don’t Forget About the Jewish Present

As we approach Purim, leaders need to think about their vision of the Jewish future as informed by the Jewish past.  But to the extent that we can, all of us must remember the Jews of the present, who need us right here and right now.  Yesterday, The Times of Israel published an essay I wrote about what it means for leaders to care about the Jewish present.  You can read the article by clicking on this link.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wait, Doesn’t Chabad Do That?

I am an unapologetic Chabad fanboy.   In 2019, this hardly makes me unique. Ask any Jewish leader about effective tactics for engaging the under-engaged and little time will pass before the conversation turns to the ways in which Chabad is the most ubiquitous Jewish presence in the world.   Yesterday, eJewishPhilanthropy published an article I wrote on how every congregation can embrace the approach Chabad made famous.   You can read the article by clicking on this link.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Infinite Game of Jewish Life

Sometimes, I question whether or not the Jewish organizations play a finite game, where organizations and foundations pick winners and losers and where professionals jockey for influence, or an infinite game, where all of us join together to ensure the Jewish future.  Today, eJewishPhilanthropy published an article I wrote about what it means for Jewish organizations and Conservative Judaism to embrace Judaism’s infinite game. You can read the article by clicking on this link.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Does Your Synagogue Care About People?

Tu B’Shevat challenges each of us to see every living being as something worthy of complete attention and care.  And if we are to treat every living being with that level of attention lest we forget the majesty of God’s world, then it follows that we must give the highest amount of care to every Jew our congregations wish to serve.

Today, The Times of Israel published an essay I wrote about what it means to put people first on Tu B’Shevat.  You can read the article by clicking on this link.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why Should Your Synagogue Exist?

Hanukkah presents an opportunity to use the simple act of lighting the Hanukkiyah for eight nights as an opportunity to give attention to the power of ordinary, daily work at sustaining our congregations.    Miracles inspire us and lead to transformation, and they can be found any moment, as long as we take the time to look.

This week, The Times of Israel published an essay I wrote about what it means to reaffirm your synagogue’s core purpose on Hanukkah.   You can read the article by clicking on this link.   Hag Urim Sameah.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Career Highlight: Getting Quoted By Chabad

In 2016, I published an article in eJewishPhilanthropy about disruptive innovation, specifically citing Chabad as a paradigm of a disruptive technology affecting the business model of traditional congregations.    Last month, this article was quoted by Chabad Lubavitch in an article about the future of synagogues.   A career highlight!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I Am Wrong (And By The Way, So Are You)

The Jewish Community is going through massive change in the way we do prayer, serve interfaith families, talk about Israel, and too many issues to count. Yet by definition successful change means that something we or our institutions did in the past was a mistake.  The good news is that Judaism is more forgiving of us than we are of ourselves.

This week, The Times of Israel published I wrote about how each of us needs to take a pause and embrace that scar that something we did for the Jewish people, however noble our intentions, was not the right decision.    You can read the article by clicking on this link.   Shanah Tovah Umetukah.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shabbat, Status Anxiety, and Social Media

The Talmud teaches that Shabbat provides a person with an “extra soul” for the twenty-hour period on Friday night until Shabbat ends on Saturday evening. As such, Shabbat is an opportunity to care about ourselves and spend time with the people who care about us not because of a glossy picture we post on Instagram or Facebook, but because of who we are at our core.

Yesterday, Thrive Global, a new media venture of Arianna Huffington, published an article I wrote about Shabbat as a critique of how we use social media. You can read the article by clicking on this link.   Shabbat Shalom!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Choose People Over Things

On Tisha B’Av, it is important to clarify what values must be at the center of Jewish Community.  And in Jewish tradition, the choice is always clear: we choose people over things.  Today, The Times of Israel published a post I wrote in preparation for Tisha B’Av on the need to put people first.  You can read the post by clicking on this link.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment