JCF Blog: Forward Thinking

The Lives They Lived

Each year I look forward to reading the New York Times’ The Lives They Lived, which profiles people who died over the past year. Some are celebrities, of course, but most are “regular” people: the mothers, grandmothers, daughters, bubbies (grandmothers) we lost. They are business…

Engaging the Family at Thanksgivukkah

Yes, yes, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and am trying to blend Thanksgiving and Hanukkah into one word: Thanksgivukkah. Well, it won’t happen again – at least not for about 70,000 years — so we might as well embrace it, right?

The Gift in the Red Box (hint: it’s not a tzedakah box)

I don’t think she meant the box to be so important, but in the end it was. It was the little red box that my husband’s grandmother left behind when she died. Grandma Pearl’s life was long. She ended it near her family, without much to be distributed. In fact, everything she did need…

What are Your Thoughts on Study about American Jews?

The Pew Research Center’s recent study of Jews in America, released October 1, 2013, has raised some interesting questions for Jewish organizations around the country. How? Well, it seems that while 6.7 million Americans consider themselves to be Jewish — up from 5.2 million in 2003 —…

New Report from 21/64 Exposes Similarities, Differences in “Next Generation

In the more than 16 years that I have been working in the Jewish community, there is one concern I have heard expressed more than any other: what are we doing to engage the “Next Generation”? Let’s be honest — Next Generation is a fairly broad term. Do we mean the next generation of…