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Mutual Cultural Engagment

When is the last time you went to a mainstream Jewish event that left you breathless and inspired, even though the hour was late? For me, the answer is just last night. My local UJA Federation had its 2013 Campaign closing event and what a night it was – not because of the speeches, although they were fine, but because of the amazing entertainer who they “imported” from Israel, David Broza. Mr. Broza is a consummate entertainer, polished and professional, passionate and personable. By the end of the long evening,...

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Exceeding Expectations: The Heart of the Matter

In sports, as in life, there are always favorites and there are always underdogs.  Expectations are formed about the performance of institutions, teams, people and organizations. Some people seem to be drawn to the favorites, the New York Yankees or New England Patriots who are known by even casual fans.  I have always found myself drawn to the underdogs, and I am sure we have all felt like underdogs sometimes as we attempt to compete for attention and resources with bigger and more well-known organizations.   Since AJFCA...

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AJFCA and Fiscal Spaghetti

Happy New Year!  Last year, I looked ahead to January 2013 as a refreshing start in Washington with a new session of Congress, a fresh Presidential term, and an end to sound bytes about the fiscal cliff. The swearing-in of the 113th Congress and the Inauguration activities will bring hope and enthusiasm for the year ahead, but let’s not fool ourselves. The Bush-era tax cuts have been extended for most Americans and the brutal sequestration has been postponed, but there will be a new buzz word for the fiscal cliff...

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Let’s Stick a Pin in That

A phrase which means “let’s save that idea/topic for another time,” sticking a “pin” in things has taken on a whole new meaning with the social media platform Pinterest. Now the third largest social media site after Facebook and Twitter, users can “pin” photos and videos to their virtual bulletin boards as a way of sharing with other users… or to simply catalog ideas, products, recipes or quotes for their own use, both now and later.  Word on the street is that nonprofits can use it to better engage volunteers...