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More Than ‘Generation Me’ by David Bryfman

Our current leadership structures, foundational basis in Jewish texts and values, raison d’être, and inability to relate to complex personal identity are all indicators of a community rapidly losing touch with its younger population. – See more at: 


Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes – re-posted from Edutopia


Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in any classroom, because they tell you where to focus that deliberate practice. So why don’t students view their mistakes as a valuable asset? Well, students don’t think about their mistakes rationally — they think about them emotionally. Read more: (more…)

From Bible Heroines to Bernie Madoff: Alicia Jo Rabins Strikes New Chord

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BERKLEY, Calif. (JTA) – Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins begins to sing what sounds like a mystical incantation of sorts. Read more:  (more…)



2:45 – 3:15 ▪  Registration

3:15 – 5:00 ▪ Session I – Imagining our Future

  • Enhancing IQ with Advanced Interfaces – This presentation will demonstrate how advanced technological interfaces are making our children smarter.                                                                                              PROFESSOR DAVID PASSIG, futurist, lecturer, consultant and best-selling author who specializes in technological, social and educational futures. Professor Passig is the chair of FutureCode Ltd., which develops and employs tool kits of computerized Futures methods in decision making processes. @drpassig
  • WORLD CAFÉ. During this session you will build on discussions of key ideas, themes, and perspectives as you rotate to different tables with new groups of people.

4:50 – 5:20 ▪ Meeting and Connecting

5:20 – 6:30 ▪ Session II – Visions of our Future

This portion of the conference will be live streamed and recorded.  –  All presentations in this session will be in the fast paced**PechaKucha style.

  •  ALICIA JO RABINS, Composer, performer, poet, Jewish educator, and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the women of the Torah. @ohaliciajo 
  •  RABBI DAN AIN, Part preacher, part philosopher, part interviewer and provocateur, Dan lectures on the present (and future) ideological clash between our burgeoning technological beliefs and traditional Jewish faith. @rabbidan
  • JINA DAVIDOVICH, Jina has presented her poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican, as part of the Slam Master Poetry Competition, and has taught about Poetry and Psalms at Isabella Friedman Jewish retreat. @JinaDavidovich
  •  RABBI MISHAEL ZION, Co-Director and Director of Education at the Bronfman Fellowships, Mishael has served on the faculty of the Hartman Institute and the Skirball Center in New York –and blogs regularly at Text and the City..
  •  RACHEL SKLAR, is a writer and social entrepreneur based in New York. She is the co-founder of Change The Ratio,  and . A former lawyer who writes about media, politics, culture & technology, she was a founding editor at Mediaite and the Huffington Post.
  • TEEN COMPETITION WINNER! Yishai Barth – Yishai  describes himself as a “human node in a web of creative ideas.”  He is an 18 year old former homeschooler currently attending Newton North High School in Massachusetts.  Yishai has cerebral palsy and serves as an advocate and activist for people with disabilities.    

**PechaKucha is a rapid fast-paced style of presenting enhanced by a PowerPoint presentation – Each presentation will include 18 slides with 18 seconds devoted to each. Total presentation time:  5.40 minutes

Do you know a creative, savvy, entrepreneurial teen 13-18 years old?


Announcing the Jewish Futures



We see young people everywhere inspired to change the world.

Now it’s YOUR turn to imagine the future of your community by completing the sentence…..




How to Participate:

Send us a 1-2 minute video showing us your vision to spark change

Submit your entry by Monday, March 31st 2014 to Participants must be 13-18 years old as of May 21st 2014

Read competition Guidelines and Rules before entering.


A judging panel will choose up to 2 winners who will work with Jewish Futures team members to develop a 5 minute presentation about your idea.

You will present your idea at The Jewish Futures Conference on Wednesday, May 21st 2014, at theNew York Academy of Medicine in NYC.

Each winner will receive a prize of $1000 + travel to NYC and 1 night accommodation for you and a chaperone


Jewish Futures Conferences convene cutting edge thinkers to bring the most ground-breaking ideas of the 21st century into Jewish education.These events help spark new thinking about how to reach and inspire today’s learners.

The conferences also showcase emerging thinkers who present fresh approaches to Jewish education and Jewish life through The Jewish Futures Competition.

For more information call or email

Debbie Seiden at or 646.472.5362

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How Do Leaders Deal With Failure?


January 17, 201412:00 AM

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines — to listen, to learn, and to address the possibility of failure.

To read the full article click here


(Posted on 3 Quarks Daily on Monday December 16, 2013)

Prequel to the world as they knew it 

Reading the Hebrew Bible is a bit like entering a time machine to travel back a few millennia. Imagine people wearing sandals and clothes somewhat unlike yours, but strip away the styles and the trends, and you see that they are concerned in their own ways with the same issues that concern people in your day and in your town: place, property, power, privilege, position, passion, poverty and all the games people still play today.

Read the full article here