Topics: Main Topic: Other, Jewish Revival, Care and Welfare, Community Development, Charity / Tzedakah, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organisations
Abstract: Dr. Zvi Feine served the Jewish communities of Romania and Poland as country director for the Joint Distribution Community during those two countries respective transitions from Communist rule. This memoir of his work under the constraints of communism, through the violent December 1989 revolution in Romania and the more peaceful transition in Poland, and in the aftermath of transition to democracy describes the challenges of effective communal service in turbulent times. The mission of the JDC was to support and partner with the Jewish communities that remained after the devastation of the Holocaust, sustaining the Jews of Eastern Europe with material and communal assistance. Dr. Feine relates poignant and harrowing memories of working under the constant surveillance of the Securitate secret service agency and dealing with the aftermath of the revolution and the resistance to change, all the while navigating a complex and delicate web of history, religious and cultural mores, personalities, ideals, and hopes. Illustrated here are numerous principles of communal work, including the importance of understanding the cultural context, resource and leadership development, and the crucial role that lay leaders can play. Communal workers in the Jewish community and beyond will benefit from Dr. Feine's accumulated wisdom over a lifetime of community service in positions all over the globe.
Topics: Community Development, Outreach, Renewal and Renaissance, Synagogues, Jewish Renewal, Jewish Heritage, Jewish Museums, Main Topic: Culture and Heritage
Abstract: The author sheds light on the efforts made by Nicholas Hanna-Stavroulakis, the mastermind behind the revitalization of the Jewish community in Crete. After the Holocaust, most Jews had been removed from the island; however, in 1979, Hannan-Stavroulakis initiated the creation of the first Jewish museum in Athens. He then moved on to restore Etz Hayyim Synagogue, which was badly damaged during the war. The goal was to orchestrate a Jewish community, which hadn't existed since the war, around the newly restored synagogue. By 2003, the synagogue became the center of a flourishing Jewish community in Crete, with regular Jewish and non-Jewish members who are active members and volunteers of the synagogue.
Topics: Community Development, Community Relations, Jewish Continuity, Jewish Leadership, Jewish Organisations, Main Topic: Identity and Community
Abstract: This report presents methodology, results and analysis of an online survey of Jewish leaders (lay and professional) and other Jewish opinion formers, conducted in late 2008. Key topics include population movement and change; security and antisemitism; status issues, intermarriage and non-Orthodox conversions; denominational tensions; financial situation of Jewish communities; ties with and attitudes toward Israel; decision-making and control; vision and change; Jewish community lay and professional leadership; community causes; and major priorities. (Jewish education is the top priority, most of the leaders survey agree.) Supplementary files are an executive summary and an accompanying press release.
Topics: Community Development, Demography, Renewal and Renaissance, Strategic Planning, Jewish Renewal, Surveys, Main Topic: Demography and Migration
Abstract: This report presents findings from a needs assessment survey of the Jewish population of Moldova. The survey was initiated by the leadership of the Jewish community of Moldova and JDC-FSU Division as part of a strategic planning effort aimed at community development and the renewal of Jewish life. Development of a strategic plan for the Jewish community, and the use of a population survey as a basis for planning, constitute a new and innovative approach to the development of Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union.
Sustaining Small, Vulnerable Jewish Communities: Reflections on the Warsaw Jewish Community Based on Michael Schneider's List of Desirable Ingredients for Community Viability