Fertile Ground: Share Your Ideas
Photo by Paul Goyette
Last week I invited you to submit your Big Ideas for communal discussion a la Charles Bronfman’s Brandeis contest. Ideas on any scale and topic are welcome having to do with Jewish communal innovation.
Thus far, I have received 13 great proposals (all of which were formally submitted to the contest).
Here’s what you can look forward to so far. (All proposals listed herein were official contest submissions.)
- “Using the Internet to Fight Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism in Higher Education” by the creator of the Anti-Racist Blog
- “The Jewish Community Incubator“ by Shai Litt
- “Hebrew Nation: A Jewish Identity in the 21st Century” by Gary Kulwin
- “The Edah: Embracing a New Definition of Am Yisrael” by Rabbi Morey Schwartz
- “Covenant with the Future” by Tsvi Bisk, Director of the Center for Strategic Futurist Thinking
- “Renewing the Jewish Pioneering Spirit by Volunteer Work in the Negev” by Dr. Jason Goodfriend
- “Translating Judaism for the Post-Digital Age: Creative Zionism and a Renewed Jewish People” by Ariel Beery– (FINALIST)
- “Life-Centered Judaism: Bringing Life Unto the Nations” by David Bar-Cohn– NEW!
- “Minhag America” by Anita Diamant (FINALIST) — NEW!
- “The Sacred Task of Rebuilding Jewish Memory” by Yehuda Kurtzer– WINNER
- “Bringing Judaism to the Mainstream” by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (FINALIST)— UPCOMING!
- “Crossing the Threshold: Creating Peace with the Earth through Deep Theology” by Rabbi Mevorach Seidenberg– UPCOMING!
- “Being There for the Other: Creating a New Jewish Community of Caring” by Nechama Liss-Levinson and Paul Marcus (SEMI-FINALIST)– UPCOMING!
We Need You!
So how can you get involved? Submit your ideas to me by e-mail (mnorton [at] thenewjew.org) or leave a comment. As important, get involved in the discussion. Take a few minutes to read people’s thoughts and weigh in on what you think: are the ideas important, how could they be implemented, do they apply to your community?
If you want to get started early, you can begin by reading my ideas here. They aren’t exactly big ideas– more of a knee jerk reaction to hearing about the contest in which I said to myself “I know, I know!”– but I do think they would change the way the Jewish community envisions its future. So, what do you think?
I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
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