Ruderman Summit at Hebrew College to Grapple with How to Create Responsive and Inclusive Jewish Organizations
MARCH 23, 2017 (Newton Centre, MA and New York, NY) – In the “old days,” many Jews, like clockwork, made their annual donations to large Jewish philanthropic agencies such as The United Jewish Appeal. They trusted that their donations would go to causes they that helped ensure the well-being of the Jewish people, as defined by these organizations. But no more.
How do Jews govern themselves in the information age? How do Jewish organizations ensure an ongoing democratic process in a climate that is very different than that of a generation ago? How do Jewish philanthropies and individual philanthropists ensure that they are connected to the people they serve, understand the needs and reflect the wishes of a wider swath of the Jewish community?
On Sunday, April 2, Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA will host the Ruderman Summit on Philanthropy, Power and Democracy in the Jewish Community of the 21st Century. Co-sponsored by the Ruderman Family Foundation, Hebrew College and the Jewish Funders Network, the summit brings together thought leaders from the worlds of Jewish philanthropy, nonprofits and the media to take a hard look at these questions and more.
“The intent of this summit is to generate a compelling conversation about how we need to transform the way we engage people in the process of setting the communal agenda,” said Hebrew College President Rabbi Daniel Lehmann. “We hope that this will be a catalyst for rethinking our governance structures to enable more voices to be heard.”
“We need to look critically at our communal structures and approaches,” commented Andrés Spokoiny, President and CEO of Jewish Funders Network. “The Jewish community faces many challenging dilemmas, and has to strike the right balance when important values come into tension with one another. This summit will provide a forum to ask the tough questions and begin to formulate new ideas.”
The program will be held from 11:30am-6:00pm at Hebrew College. The program fee is $50 and advanced registration is required. A kosher lunch is included and discounts are available for students and others upon request.
In addition to Rabbi Lehmann, Jay Ruderman and Andrés Spokoiny, the presenters and panelists include:
- Lisa Eisen, Vice President, Charles and Lyn Schusterman Foundation
- Allison Fine, Social Media Expert
- J.J. Goldberg, Editor-at-Large, Forward
- Tiffany Harris, Board of Directors, Moishe House
- Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, President & CEO, Mechon Hadar
- Idit Klein, Executive Director, Keshet
- Karyn Cohen Leviton, Director, Jewish Life & Israel, One8 Foundation
- Gil Preuss, Executive VP, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
- Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus, Professor of Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
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