Today, for the 5th year in a row, MyJewishLearning.com was named one of the top American Jewish organizations by Slingshot, for in their words, our “cutting-edge, influential work as well as its ability to do so much with a relatively small budget and staff.”
As delighted as we are by the recognition, we’re even happier by our esteemed company, which includes our blog partners at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Rabbis Without Borders, and Keshet. We couldn’t agree more that they’re doing vital, exciting Jewish communal work, from coast to coast (and even in the middle!).
If you don’t already follow their blogs, don’t wait another day. Read about their personal stories and community debates, and congratulate all our partners on their incredible work. Thanks for reading!
Changes are afoot at MJL, Inc. as we begin the exciting search for a new Chief Executive Officer. We are looking for an innovative and passionate visionary to lead the MJL team while developing new products and deepening the impact on current and future readers (like you!).
The ideal candidate will have a broad knowledge of the Jewish world, significant fundraising experience, and a passion for using technology and new media to engage Jews and non-Jews in Jewish learning and conversation. The job description is below, and all applications should be submitted by September 4th. Please share this post with anyone who may be interested.
Chief Executive Officer of My Jewish Learning, Inc.
MyJewishLearning, Inc. (MJL), the premier Jewish media organization, is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and passionate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will guide MJL’s continued growth as the leading online presence in pluralistic Jewish education and engagement.
The MJL CEO position presents a unique opportunity for a visionary leader to broaden the horizon of what is possible for the Jewish experience online. Singular in its commitment to enhancing Jewish knowledge and engagement from a trans-denominational perspective, MJL is a remarkable Jewish pluralistic initiative seeking an equally remarkable leader. We seek a creative thinker seasoned by real world experience in organizational leadership and implementation of new media strategies. Through the development of compelling content and creation of online community, the MJL CEO will stand at the nexus of Jewish life and technology. With a commitment to empower MJL users from every background to learn and engage with Jewish culture and tradition, the MJL CEO will run a fiscally viable not-for-profit media company while managing a dynamic staff committed to broadening the horizons of the Jewish virtual world.
Who We Are
MyJewishLearning, Inc. (“MJL”) is the leading non-denominational Jewish media organization. Through its various web products—MyJewishLearning.com, Kveller.com, TheJewniverse.com—MJL educates and engages more than 700,000 people a month. MJL has been included in the last four editions of Slingshot: A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, an annual compilation of the 50 most inspiring and innovation organizations in the North American Jewish Community, and has won multiple American Jewish Press Association Awards for “Most Outstanding” Jewish website.
MJL currently has three signature projects:
MyJewishLearning.com focuses on Jewish education and knowledge–everything from guidelines on religious customs, etiquette, and ritual to learning about obscure Jewish philosophers. MyJewishLearning.com also features weekly Torah portion commentaries, quizzes, recipes, and several dynamic blogs, including partner blogs produced with Keshet, The Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Rabbis Without Borders, The Foundation for Jewish Camp, and The Jewish Book Council.
Kveller.com features parenting resources on everything from pre-conception through preschool–information on Jewish genetic diseases, circumcision, Jewish kiddie music, and much more. Kveller also has a Jewish baby name bank, multiple bloggers (including actress Mayim Bialik), and a robust online community that facilitates profound conversations, connecting Jewish parents living all over the United States.
TheJewniverse.com is a spin-off of MyJewishLearning’s popular daily email, keeping subscribers up to the minute with news and information of interest across the Jewish world. Additionally, MJL owns Shamash.org, one of the first Jewish websites, which publishes several highly trafficked webpages, including a popular kosher restaurant database.
Across all these platforms, the CEO is responsible for conceiving strategies to deepen MJL’s impact on its large and diverse audience, while also developing new products and expanding its constituency.
What We Are Seeking
As the leader of a uniquely positioned not-for-profit organization, the MJL CEO is an important communal thought leader on the intersection of Jewish life, media and technology and an advocate for the masses of Jews who engage with Jewish content and community online. The MJL team is made up of talented, energetic individuals working collaboratively in content, technology, design, marketing, and finance roles, and the CEO will lead and inspire them, while increasing the scope of MJL products and readership.
The talents and experience we seek include:
- Demonstrated success in growing an organization, employing effective management, creativity,
- A deep knowledge of the American Jewish landscape.
- Excellent verbal, written, and technological communication skills.
- A passion for using technology and new media to engage Jews and non-Jews in Jewish learning and conversation.
- Ability to lead and inspire a team and grow and engage a board.
- Demonstrated ability to raise and attract financial resources.
Leadership and Visioning
- Provide leadership, vision, and policy guidance for MJL.
- Serve as a public spokesperson for and grow MJL’s national profile to become a visible resource/expert to the Jewish community on Jewish learning and engagement in the age of the internet.
- Establish editorial priorities and direction for MJL’s growing base of media platforms.
- Partner and collaborate with other Jewish organizations, and pursue content and distribution partnerships with other Jewish organizations and media outlets.
- Increase MJL’s readership and audience.
- Advance the MJL brand and presence in the general online world.
- Engage and strengthen a committed board of directors.
- Strengthen existing donor relationships and cultivate new major donors.
- Expand financial resources for the organization and create strategies for monetizing web traffic.
- Explore and implement innovative approaches for increased diversification of income streams.
- Build and grow a highly functioning organization.
- Engage and empower a team of talented staff members and recruit and develop talent for the organization.
- Ensure the fiscal soundness of the organization and spearhead its development, marketing, public relations, and programmatic expansion.
MJL is based in New York City and the CEO position requires significant travel. There are currently eight full-time employees and one part-time employee, and a network of freelance writers and editors.
How to Apply
Please forward your resume and cover letter to MJLCEOPosition@gmail.com, describing what interests you about this opportunity and why you feel particularly suited for this position. Indicate your name and “CEO” in the subject line. Applications should be submitted by September 4th.
We’ve finally organized all the books we’ve been meaning to read, picnic gear we’ve been meaning to buy, and kitsch we’ve been meaning to show off. Lucky you!
We know, we know, you promised yourself you’d read Proust one of these days, and you still haven’t gotten to Pride & Prejudice. But how can you, when all these great new books are coming out? Here are our favorites.
The Summer Things You Never Knew You Needed
Don’t hog all the fun. Share our ridiculous finds with your dog and your children—and when things get out of hand, whip out your “Keep Calm I’m Jewish” t-shirt.
Road-Tripping and Picnicking
There’s nothing that screams “summertime!” like Magen David ice cubes, Jewish bumper stickers, and those awesome folding camping chairs. We want two of each.
Classic Reading, Sort Of
From Leon Uris’s classic tale of the founding of the State of Israel to Daphne Merkin’s scandalous personal essays, sometimes you just want to sit by the pool with an old favorite. Here are some of ours.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our finds as much as we have!
And since MyJewishLearning, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations and revenue-raising, we’ll receive a percentage of the proceeds of any purchase you make using our links.
Happy summer 2013!
What Gift Do You Give at a Jewish Wedding?
As the summer heats up, our calendars start filling with weddings and celebrations and our heads start spinning with worry over finding the perfect gifts.
Between MyJewishLearning’s editors, we’ve gone to enough weddings (both our own and others’) to be able to give some advice. So we’ve gotten together to share the most successful gifts we’ve given and received. We hope our picks can ease your gift-giving angst!
Friday Night Essentials
Shabbat begins with candle-lighting and the accompanying blessings and rituals, which present great opportunities for useful gifts.
Judaica To Round Out a Jewish Home
Whether the newlyweds are looking forward to hosting Passover seders or they’re going to be having guests for Hanukkah, now is a great time to help them build up their Judaica collection.
Filled with brand-new dishes and cookware, a newlyweds’ kitchen is a great place to experiment with recipes. Here are some of our top picks:
We hope our guide helps you navigate through the whirlwind that is wedding season.
And since MyJewishLearning, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations and revenue-raising, we’ll receive a percentage of the proceeds of any purchase you make using our links.
Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a hearty “mazel tov,” from all of us.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if your dad is anything like ours, he’s probably pretty tough to shop for. Fortunately we’ve got you covered with a variety of gifts for our favorite kinds of dads.
MyJewishLearning, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization and receives a percentage of the proceeds of any purchase you make using our links. Happy Father’s Day to you and the fathers in your life!
MyJewishLearning is an umbrella of pluralistic, nondenominational Jewish websites and blogs, and we’re looking for an intern for support with a variety of tasks, both on the business and editorial sides of our publications, which include Jewniverse and a variety of blogs. We’re looking for a solid writer with an interest in Jewish culture and history on the one hand, and who is eager to learn some of the nitty-gritty of online marketing and business on the other.
Familiarity with WordPress and Photoshop is a plus.
The internship is available immediately and would last at least through the end of August. The position is 10-15 hours a week and pays $10 per hour. Applicants must be available to come into our Midtown Manhattan office. To apply, send resume and cover letter explaining your interest working for MJL to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Internship” in the subject.
UPDATE: The summer position has been filled, but check back in for future openings!
At the Passover Seder we have the Four Children, so it seems only right that on Mother’s Day we should have the Four Moms. Except, really, how do you divide all moms into just 4 categories? So we added a 5th, and are suggesting some gifts to help you keep the guilt trips at bay.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12th. Order today and get it in time to give to your mom, whichever of these categories she exemplifies or defies!
Not every mom is a jewelry-lover, but if yours is, you can’t do better than this stunning and simply beautiful purple leaf pendant necklace made in Israel ($141). We love how elegant and chic it is.
We love this awesome Family Tree Wall Clock ($20) that has room for you to add 12 pictures from your family, 1 for every hour of the day. It’s a nice way to acknowledge your big mixed family while maintaining some design flair.
Even if you’re not into attachment parenting, this popular Ergo carrier ($129.95) is an amazing (and comfortable) way to carry your baby and keep your hands free. Plus, it’s cute and made of organic cotton.
If your mom has gotten into yoga or pilates, we suggest you surprise her with the deluxe Manduka Pro Mat. ($80-$138) It’s the mat serious yogis dream about – and yogis say you really can tell the difference.
The Old School Mom
Is your mom active in her synagogue’s sisterhood, president of her local Hadassah chapter, and maker of the all time best coffee cake in the universe? Then we suggest you go in with your siblings to get this trio of fantastic cookbooks:
The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook ($24)
Classic, beautifully photographed Jewish favorites, with a contemporary twist, by one of MyJewishLearning’s favorite young food writers.
Aromas of Aleppo ($31)
Most of Syria’s Jewish community left the country during the 20th century. This gorgeous cookbook captures some of their rich, tantalizing culinary heritage.
and Jerusalem: A Cookbook ($20)
One of our favorites this year, by the Israeli-Palestinian duo sweeping bestseller lists with their healthful, glorious Jerusalem cuisine.
Despite its associations with the verdant spring, the way we tend to observe Passover is anything but green. So we’re offering this guide to making your Passover less wasteful and more sustainable, from green cleaning products to recycled wine glasses. “Like” it to share it with your friends. We hope it’s helpful!
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies
There are some great green and eco-friendly cleaning supplies out there to help you rid your home of hametz. Simple Green is an all purpose cleaner ($11.75), and there’s also Free and Clear ($5.49). We also love these Full Circle sponges and brushes made from recycled products ($19.99), and these microfiber eco-friendly Cleaning Cloths ($6.99).
Recycled and Reusable Tableware
These greener and reusable dishes and pans wed the convenience of disposable with the conscience of sustainable. Preserve Everyday Tableware offers recycled, dishwasher-safe sets of 4 plates, cups, and bowls ($17.95), 24-count cutlery sets ($12.83), and 3 nested mixing bowls for $21.63. Or, try this set of beautiful bamboo dishes that are single-use, but totally biodegradable ($24.99).
Shatterproof and Recycled Wine Glasses & Accessories
For the wine at your seder table we suggest these recyclable and shatterproof wine glasses (4 for $12.95) or these recycled glass wine glasses (6 for $61.75). And if you’re looking to bring some rustic class to your brisket, we love this serving tray made out of an old wine barrel ($55). And how about this wooden handled corkscrew ($10.03) to open your wine?
Organic and Sustainable Kosher Wine
Kosher organic wine is hard to find, but this guide has helped us make our picks. For white, try Yarden Chardonnay ($16.99) or Baron Herzog White Zinfandel, ($7.99) (Baron Herzog is not certified organic, but many of their wines come from “sustainably grown/low spray” grapes.) For red, we love Barkan Cabernet Savignon, ($10.19) and Elvi Mati Rioja Tempranillo ($21.99).
We hope you enjoy the selection as much as we do! And check out our Classic Passover 2013 Gift Guide for our favorite seder plates, matzah covers, and seder essentials.
MyJewishLearning, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, receives a percentage of the proceeds of any Amazon purchase you make using these links.
Whether you’re hosting your own seder and looking for a new matzah cover, or going to someone else’s and want to bring them a great gift, we’ve come up with our top picks of seder basics and some special items to spruce things up. Enjoy!
We’re offering dozens of wonderful seder plate options at all price points, but we especially love this classic silver seder plate ($278), this pomegranate themed stainless steel seder plate ($119) and this show-stopping Jerusalem stone seder plate with blue cups and illuminated Hebrew text ($385).
If you can’t invest in a seder plate, a matzah cover is a more affordable but still beautiful and useful gift for yourself or your host. This simple elegant design features olive branches and pomegranates ($35). There’s also dozens by popular Israeli artist Yair Emanuel, including this painted silk cover with red sea imagery ($27) and this raw silk cover with bird applique ($76). If you’re looking for something with a more modern aesthetic, we like this round white cover, with mod-looking lettering ($54).
Matzah covers are only used at the seders and maybe on Shabbat, but a matzah plate or holder is useful all week. We like this metal and wood holder that has the matzah standing up like record albums ($60). This nickel and wood plate is very classy and charming ($35). We also love this glass matzah plate with gold and blue ($39), and this tin matzah box decorated with pomegranates ($19).
Haggadot & Books
The obvious Passover book choice is a haggadah, and there are endless options. For a family with young children, we love Joyous Haggadah: The Illuminated Story of Passover, which is comic-book style ($8.95); for slightly older children A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices ($16.20) is fantastic; and another great one is Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander’s New American Haggadah ($19.79). If you tend more towards fiction when giving gifts, why not try the classic Exodus by Leon Uris ($7.99) (it’s not really about the Passover story, but it’s still pretty relevant and a fun read).
Finally, when you’ve got a holiday so focused on wine, why not bring a wine-related gift. This Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Corkscrew makes opening any bottle a breeze ($45). This set of six bottle stoppers in bright colors is fun and very functional ($14.99), much like these Passover wine charms, that help guests be sure which glass is theirs ($40). And there’s also this beautiful wall-mounted wine rack, for storing the leftovers ($30).
We hope you enjoy the selection as much as we do! The MyJewishLearning store has literally thousands of items for holidays and any time of year, and MyJewishLearning, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, receives a percentage of the proceeds of any gift you buy.
Happy early Passover to you and yours!
Purim 2013 is on its way! Starting the evening of Saturday, February 23rd, the holiday that celebrates the clever salvation of Persia’s Jews is nearly upon us. Are you ready to make some noise, get dressed up, give gifts, and donate to charity? Don’t worry; we can help.
Make Some Noise / Groggers
The classic Purim accessory is a noisemaker, used to block out Haman’s name during the megillah reading on Purim eve and Purim day. We love this whimsical grogger in the shape of a Hasid, this silly clown grogger that comes with a display stand, this hand-painted grogger that depicts Jerusalem and has two separate noisemakers, and this simple and affordable tricolor wooden grogger.
|Hasid Grogger with stand, $280||Clown Grogger with stand, $280||Jerusalem Grogger with stand, $28||Simple wooden grogger, $3|
Get Dressed Up / Costumes
It’s long been customary to dress up in costumes on Purim. You can go the traditional route, and get yourself this awesome nun costume, the perfect ironic getup for any megillah reading. It goes perfectly with this monk costume. Or you can go quick and easy with this beautiful (and realistic) unicorn mask, or this comprehensive set of mustaches, lips and glasses on a stick, which allow you to mix and match your costume as the holiday progresses.
|Deluxe Nun Costume, $63.75||Medieval Monk Costume, $28.99||Magical Unicorn Mask, $23.77||30-piece Mustache-on-a-stick set, $59.99|
Give Gifts / Mishloach Manot
You might not associate gift-giving with Purim, but in fact it’s right there in the megillah, where we read that on the day that the Jews were saved from Haman’s clutches Mordechai decreed that Shushan’s Jews should “send portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.” Check out these great, kosher pre-assembled “portions,” like this one with peanut butter cups, English toffee, chocolate covered pretzels, and more. We also love this blue and white basket, with chocolates, hamantaschen, and blue Terra chips. If you’re going to make your own mishloach manot, try including some lovely Wissotzky Tea and a little honey stick.
|Kosher Gift Arrangement, $26.95||Purim Basket: True Blue Temptation, $54.99||Wissotzky Tea, from $3.99||100 Honey Sticks, $23.80|
Give Gifts / Books
A good book is always an appropriate Jewish gift. On Purim, you can go back to the source text, and get your friend a copy of the JPS Commentary on Esther, which is comprehensive and fascinating. For the kids, there’s the new and wonderful The Purim Superhero. And for the fiction lover in your life, we highly recommend The Gilded Chamber, a novelization of the story of Esther, and Good for the Jews, a modern retelling set is Madison, Wisconsin.
|JPS Commentary on the Book of Esther, $26.40||The Purim Superhero, $7.55||The Gilded Chamber, $13.60||Good for the Jews, $12.48|
Donate to Charity / Tzedakah
A central component of celebrating Purim is giving tzedakah, money to the poor. Why not make a donation in honor of your friends to a local food pantry, Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, American Jewish World Service, the Joint Distribution Committee, Yad Eliezer: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Israel, or JBFCS which supports Jews struggling with alcohol and drug dependency? And you can also always support our work here at MyJewishLearning.com, a not-for-profit organization.
Happy Purim to you and yours!