Jewish Futures Conference 2018: Selected Resources


Power to the People: How shifting power impacts Jewish Education - Jewish Futures 2018

Protests, start-up culture, and social movements are upending hierarchies and empowering learners across all Jewish education settings. How can educators and Jewish communities meaningfully respond to these changes?

This Resource Guide is being built in support of and will continue to grow in response to our 2018 Jewish Futures Conference: Power to the People.

We hope you will let us know how you use these resources in the weeks and months ahead. To share other resources with us or other thoughts about this guide, please email us at


We are living through a golden age of protest | LA Kauffman | Opinion | The Guardian | 5.6.18
We are in an extraordinary era of protest. Over the course of the first 15 months of the 45th presidency, more people have joined demonstrations than at any other time in American history.

Judaism, #metoo, and Ethical Leadership | Shalom Hartman Institute | Webinar Recordings and Resources
The #metoo movement has increased awareness of the sexual violence and discrimination faced by women in the workplace and beyond. This reality demands new ways of acting and thinking. Shalom Hartman Institute of North America is committed to exploring what role Jewish tradition can play in this process. Scholars on the Created Equal Research Team have been investigating questions of gender equity and ethical leadership for the past three years. In this #metoo moment, we believe that the ways in which Jewish tradition intersects with gender, power, and violence, is an essential question for our community.

The Power of “We” | Yavila McCoy | eJewish Philanthropy and Gleanings: An eJournal at JTS  | 11.18.18
In the Jewish community, there are choices that Jewish educators are empowered to make each day, whether in schools, synagogues, JCC’s, Federations, or more broadly focused areas of outreach and engagement. Through our daily choices, be they on personal, interpersonal, structural/institutional, or cultural levels, educators are creating environments that bring people into deeper relationship and more beloved community with one another or serve to perpetuate boundaries in access, privilege, and power that continue to live with us in society and inhibit our capacity to experience deep connection with one another across difference.

Gender, Sex, and Power at Jewish Summer Camp | Moving Traditions
In the wake of #metoo many summer camps are making revisions to staff policies and sending clear messages to staff that harassment and coercion will not be tolerated. Those actions are important steps in creating a safer environment at camp – but to be truly effective, camp leaders must not only communicate a clear policy to staff, but work with staff to address some of the most challenging, often hidden, social dynamics of camp.

As Israel moves right, young American Jews target Birthright tours in protest | NBC News
For nearly 20 years, the Birthright program has been a rite of passage for hundreds of thousands of young American Jews, who get a free trip to Israel along with a tour that shows the country in a very positive light. But in recent weeks, the same discomfort that many Americans Jews feel about the current Israeli government, and in particular its continued occupation of the West Bank, has been reflected in some of the tours.

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The following articles, videos, website, initiatives, and webinars, have been selected in tandem with our Jewish Futures Conference 2017 tackling the question of How Can Jewish Civics Education Elevate American Democracy?
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As a follow-up to our most recent and definitely stimulating Jewish Futures Conference on Happiness Hacks in Jewish Education, we have assembled some of the resources we used that day and some articles on this subject that may be of interest.

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