What’s Up With America’s Jews? Anxious about the Political Climate, Jews are in Search of Answers

Written By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. on February 22, 2017

Looking for AnswersAmericans in general, and Jews in particular are in search of ways to express their political passions. As has been documented by this writer[1] and others, there are deep divides within our community but there are also many questions that our constituencies are asking. As communal leaders, practitioners and educators we must find ways to guide, teach and lead.
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Jews and Politics: How a Trump Presidency Is Changing American Jewry

Written By Steven Winmueller, Ph.D. on February 3, 2017

Photo: White House Press OfficeThe emergence of the Trump Presidency has led to a renewed debate over the definition of America. For Mr. Trump’s supporters these early days of his Presidency have fulfilled their expectations. However, for many other citizens, including large segments of Jewish Americans, are experiencing total disbelief, angst, and even anger. Words such as “unbelievable” and “disaster” might best define the current social climate for large numbers of Americans. The policy directions introduced by our new President are seen as a radical departure from his predecessors….read more

Where Do We Go From Here? A Pathway to Action

Written by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. on January 21, 2017

Torn American FlagDonald Trump is our President. A new political culture is unfolding. For some Americans this marks a moment of triumph and high expectations, for others this represents an unsettling time, where feelings of anxiety dominate. We acknowledge we are a divided society, yet we as Americans remain committed to the pursuing the common good as we focus on five core principles of action:…read more

“If Work Won’t Kill You, Stress Will” : Jewish Communal Practice in an Age of Anxiety

Written by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. on January 12, 2017

AnxietyVarious studies on business and nonprofit professionals report that “burn out” represents the single major factor leading to resignation and career change. The Conference Board, a nonprofit think tank in New York, focusing on management and the marketplace, found “‘the majority of Americans continue to be unhappy at work.’” This 2012 Study of more than 5000 households revealed the following:…read more

Jewish Professional Practice: Focusing on Ten Behaviors

Written by Steven Windmueller, Ph. D. on January 5, 2017

Change Negative BehaviorsIn my retirement from Jewish professional work, I have had occasion to experience the Jewish nonprofit world from the “other side” as a donor, board member, congregant and consultant. Indeed much of the work product is extraordinarily impressive, but certain elements of communal practice and professional behavior warrant attention….read more

2017 Philanthropic Trends: Implications for American Jewish Organizations

Written by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. on January 4, 2017

PhilanthropyAs we enter 2017 it will be useful to examine various projections and assessments on the state of philanthropy in America. These twelve findings have implications for fundraising strategies as well as nonprofit policies, business practices, and educational programs within the Jewish community:…read more

Hanukkah Reclaimed: A Contemporary Political and Religious Perspective

Written by Steven Windmueller, Ph. D. on December 24, 2016

HannukahAs an event in Jewish history, Hanukkah introduces a range of challenging questions and core religious and political insights. There is only minimal reference to this holiday in the Talmud, and there are no citations within the Mishnah. The commentaries actually begin with the question, “What is Hanukkah?” as if to suggest its import had been forgotten or its purpose uncertain.
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