Author Archives: joshuarabin

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Epic Failure

At the end of the synagogue programming year, many leaders find themselves depressed at missed opportunities and financial targets, and an anxiety as to whether or not the coming year will bring more of the same. But in that moment, … Continue reading

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