Ideas—Engaging Our Community

Haggadot.com

Passover is about freedom. But when it comes to the seder, many Jews are lost. The haggadah is a core artifact of freedom in Jewish identity. The versions of past and current haggadot illustrate incredible diversity in Jewish culture over the years. But some traditions get overlooked, while others may seem outdated, with no place for varied, individualized voices.

Today's Judaism demands that we value both personal narratives and the collective conversation. As the Jewish community struggles with participation, so does the publishing field. In our digital culture of immediacy, modularity and customization, consumers simply do not purchase full printed…

The Los Angeles Jewish Wellness Initiative

Six months ago there was a webinar on Dr. Daniel Amen's website. Pastor Rick Warren from the Saddleback Church was talking about a program that Drs. Amen, Oz and Hyman put together to lead the congregation into a decade of wellness. Though not a member of the church, I attended the launch of œThe Daniel Plan and along with almost 7000 attendees, pledged to ourselves and to G-d to lead a more healthful life. What is the premise of this program? Good nutrition, movement, quit smoking, moderate alcohol consumption, decrease stress¦nothing we don't already know.

But why will it be…

Jenerosity

Jenerosity is a giving circle of young Jewish adults who pool their resources and collectively decide where to distribute the resulting funds. Jenerosity will also include social and educational components that engage participants in their communities and increase members' understanding of philanthropy and community issues. Members of jenerosity giving circles will be asked to contribute $250 to the collective fund.

We hope to match their contributions dollar for dollar with grant. Any member can nominate Jewish 501-C3 organizations for the fund's consideration and each member has an equal vote in the final allocation decisions. The group will leverage proven giving…

Inner-City Outreach

As an educator in south Los Angeles, I am dismayed by my student 's lack of knowledge about cultures and experiences outside of their own community (this becomes glaringly obvious, particularly when it comes to winter celebrations). Many children in the inner-city lack hope that things can be better. I have a great deal of respect for the Jewish people tenacity, determination to succeed. These are qualities I want my students to see expressed in the lives others. And I want them to desire these qualities for themselves. I propose an after-school mentorship program taught by Jewish young adults for…

The King David Show

The King David Show allows kids to experience history as never before. Through comedic monologues, written and performed by Levi Welton and company, colourful props and thought provoking comedy, students and history buffs will encounter history through the eyes of those who created it. Following the performance, students can engage the character in a question-and-answer period. The "King David Show" is a one man performance about the life of the historic and famous King David. Through humor and on-stage props history "comes alive" and the audience learns about the life and stories of King David. Aimed at children, the show…

The Heritage Files

Jewish history is filled with thousands of stories of triumph, heartache, joy, sorrow, survival and despair. Spanning from biblical times to post-holocaust, our history is rich with life lessons and knowledge that served our forfathers and inspire us to this day. I propose a series of short films of purely Jewish historical events to inspire today's youth about the spirit and power of Judaism and the undeniable survival of the Jewish people. In a city containing the most disproportionate amount of Jewish directors, actors & producers, I have no doubt that many of these would gladly donate their services to…

Collaboration

Collaboration is not a program, nor an organization, but truly is the next big Jewish idea. However important and meaningful new programs and services may be, until the paradigm of the Jewish community becomes one of collaboration money and resources will always be scarce and programs and services will always be in jeapordy of being terminated. These economic times are now requiring us to not simply cooperate - if we at all do that, but to do what we as Jews have always been meant to do with each other...Collaborate!

Da’at Jobs!

(In Daat, all sefirot exist in their perfected state of infinite sharing) Da'at Jobs is a website connecting Jewish congregation members looking for jobs and / or providing services, to other members within their own synagogues, as well as linking to all synagogues in the Los Angeles area “ and then in subsequent cities. Temples, synagogues are notoriously independent and competitive with one another.

OK, as an organization that's fine, it's a business. However, within each synagogue there is a community that supports it and within it, people are in need. We must work together, reach out directly to one…

Do Jew Know Me?

The first of several plays about Jewish Women who have made and make history. Bella Abzug, Emma Lazarus, Henrietta Szold, Maud Nathan, Maud Younger, Ray Frank - to name a few....Do Jew Know Me? will identify, honor and celebrate our unknown, forgotten and unsung Jewish heroines through theater, history and story-telling. These women's stories, their struggles, sacrifices, accomplishments, courage and humor are completely lost - especially to our youth who tragically know more about Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan that Hannah Solomon who founded The National Council of Jewish Women or Ernestine Rose who fought - with Susan B. Anthony…

Raising the Bar: Professional Training for B’nai Mitzvah Tutors

Raising the Bar is the newest program by Storahtelling, a national organization informing and transforming the contemporary Jewish experience. Storahtelling, in partnership with Hebrew Helpers, a local LA tutoring service, is re-imagining the B'nai Mitzvah experience for new generations, within and beyond traditional communal settings. Based on ten years of research and development worldwide, as well as current B'nai Mitzvah training being offered by Hebew Helpers in LA, Raising the Bar will launch a pilot training program in the greater LA area targeting B'nai Mitzvah tutors who serve the wider Jewish community. The training program is based on Storahtelling's innovative…

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