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Peoplehood Papers 21: Social Justice and Peoplehood

In recent decades pursuing social justice and Tikun Olam has become central to the Jewish conversation. This quiet revolution reflects a transformation of the Jewish collective ethos shifting focus from the wellbeing of the Jewish People to its contribution to society and humanity at large – from particularism to universalism. This collection of essays examines the…

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Peoplehood Papers 20: The JCCs as Gateways to Jewish Peoplehood

The articles in this collection tell the story of a diverse movement with a global spread, wrestling with new challenges. Each JCC brings its local story and particular challenges as part of the overall challenge of keeping Judaism and Jewish Peoplehood current, engaging and meaningful. Figuring out the nature and appeal of Jewish communal institutions…

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Peoplehood Papers 18: Jewish Peoplehood and Jewish Museums

The Peoplehood Papers, a publication of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, in collaboration with the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, celebrates the second anniversary of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, with a special issue focused on Jewish museums, and how museum professionals understand their respective missions to educate,…

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Peoplehood Papers 17: Engaging Millennials with Jewish Peoplehood

In this edition of the Peoplehood Papers we decided to explore the relations between millennials and Peoplehood through the practical lens of the Peoplehood nurturing work in that age group. We engaged three groups of stake holders in this conversation: senior professionals of organizations focusing on millennials, educators and millennials themselves. Some key questions we asked were: • What are…

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דפי עמיות 16: פיתוח מנהיגות צעירה באוריינטציית עמיות

העם היהודי חי היום בעידן של שינוי ומעבר. תפקידה של ההנהגה בתקופה כזאת ביצירת חזון ותכנון ובניית עתידו של הקולקטיב היהודי, הינו תפקיד מכריע. מסיבה זו, בחרנו להקדיש סדרה של גיליונות של דפי עמיות לנושא של טיפוח מנהיגות יהודית באוריינטציית עמיות – איך עושים זאת והיכן מתחילים? ננסה לבחון את האתגרים הייחודיים של פיתוח מנהיגות קולקטיבית ואת האופן שבו…

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Does Jewish Peoplehood Have a Future?

In this video talk Dr Noam Pianko, Director of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, looks back at the origins of the term “Jewish Peoplehood”. Finding it in the 1930s and 40s he then asks whether it is still a useful concept for the 21st Century and offers a new…

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Peoplehood Papers 14: Sustainability and Jewish Peoplehood

This collection of 16 essays on the topic of sustainability and its connection to Jewish Peoplehood is a partnership between the CJPE and Siach. With shmita as the framework, authors from different disciplines consider what sustainability means for the Jewish People in the 21st Century. Some take an activist stance and call on us to…

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PEOPLEHOOD PAPERS IN HEBREW – מהדורה עברית של דפי העמיות

זוהי אסופה של 18 מאמרים המתמודדים עם שאלות היסוד של התחום: “מה משמעותה של העמיות היהודית? מה חשיבותה? כיצד יש לטפח אותה?” באופן לא מתוכנן התפתח באסופה זאת שיח בין דורי בסוגית העמיות. מעניין לציין שככל שהכותבים צעירים יותר הדגש עובר יותר מתוכן העמיות לטבע הקשרים המתחייבים ממנה. בעוד שאצל הכותבים הוותיקים מילות המפתח הן: ערכים,…

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Of Local and Global: “Jewish People Leadership”

Sarah Mali develops a conceptual framework for Jewish belonging that is built out of what she terms neighborhood and peoplehood attachments. She argues that Jewish personal and moral fulfillment requires actualizing and synthesizing both of these seemingly contradictory attachments. In Section 2 of the paper she applies the conceptual framework to the field of leadership development and presents a leadership training…

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From Israel to Budapest: Reflections on Universalism vs. Particularism

Friedman reflects on the tension of universalism and particularism in Israel’s current ethical dilemma surrounding whether to absorb African refugees into its population. She expands the tension to her work as coordinator of Siach, a network of international Jewish social justice and environmental professionals. She uses an upcoming conference in Budapest of Jewish social justice…

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The Magnetic Pull of Torah

Grant points to Daniel Elazar’s work to show how American Jewry has leaned towards universalism while Israel leans towards universalism, the difference and differentiation threatening to divide the entities. But she also points to Chaim Nachman Bialik’s writing to show how “Jewish life is challenged, but ultimately strengthened by the constant tension between the pull…

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