Jewish Futures
Jewish Futures Conference
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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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Feedback That Matters

We are designing the next Jewish Futures UnConference, and we need your perspective!


You can  be  specific about a topic that is important to you, or as broad as a Pew study. What are YOU thinking?

We’re posting our favorites here, but we’ll also save them in a digital time capsule to be revealed in 2040 .

Will your thoughts make history?

Send your response to Debbie Seiden


The UnConference

Visions of Jewish Life and Learning in 2040 (5800) 

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

3:00 – 6:30 pm EST

5:30 – 6:30 pm EST Live streamed via Webcast

 New York Academy of Medicine, New York City

What will the Jewish community look like in 2040?
What challenges will we need to address when considering Jewish education?

Join a mix of people to hear new ideas, dream of the Jewish world in 2040, and add YOUR voice to the conversation.

Registration information to follow.

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

Moving Traditions Congratulates Ma’yan on the Release of “It’s Actually a Pretty Big ”Deal: Girls Narratives of Contemporary Bat Mitzvah [eJewishPhilanthropy]

by Rabbi Sara Brandes

Brin and Stephanie will both celebrate their Bat Mitzvah this year, but they could not be more different. Stephanie can’t wait. Brin would rather not. Stephanie sees the event as the culmination of her years of Hebrew school, which she has loved for the most part. Brin is doing this because her parents are making her. However, both Stephanie and Brin share their hopes and their fears about the big day in their Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing!group.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, the cornerstone program of Moving Traditions, brings ‘tween and teen girls into micro-communities, facilitated by a trained adult mentor, to engage in Jewish ritual and grow up together. As California Director of Moving Traditions, I observe first-hand a number of the key findings of Ma’yan’s study, “It’s Actually a Pretty Big Deal: Girls Narratives of Contemporary Bat Mitzvah,” as shared by Dr. Beth Copper Benjamin in her article “Standing Up for Girls.” Listening in on our groups, it’s clear that a Bat Mitzvah ceremony, regardless of denomination, are equal parts religious ritual and cultural phenomenon. Its meaning, as Dr. Cooper Benjamin states, “is bound up with the ways girls are negotiating femininity in the crucible of puberty and at the edge of adolescence.”

Read the full story on eJewishPhilanthropy.

Fast Company: Why Doing Awesome Work Means Making Yourself Vulnerable

From an interview in Fast Company (9/17/12):

The first time Brené Brown read Theodore Roosevelt‘s exhortation that it is not the critic who counts, but rather “the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,” and that “if he fails, he at least fails while daring greatly,” the author knew that what the pugilistic president was talking about back in 1910 was what she researches today: vulnerability.

And so those last two words are the title of her newest book, Daring Greatly, from publisher Gotham. Fast Company talked with Brown about why vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, how engagement got to be uncool, and why perfectionism is the enemy of getting work done.

Read the full article.