There’s a lot we’re thankful for at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. We are thankful for the work we get to do. We are thankful for the wonderful region in which we get to do it. We are thankful for partners like MyJewishLearning.com that help us connect with even more of you throughout the year. The list goes on and on – and throughout Chanukah, we’ll be adding candles to our menurkey to shine the light on our thanksgiving:
Tonight, we light the first candle for COMMUNITY. Like us on Facebook to keep up with our candles all this week, and tonight let us wish you a very HAPPY CHANUKAH, HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and yes, for once-and-only-once tomorrow: HAPPY THANKSGIVUKKAH!
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is honored to be in the 2013-2014 Slingshot class, and selected again as a Standard Bearer.
But what does being “in Slingshot” really mean?
Slingshot honors innovation. Approaching things in a different way. Serving an issue or a population that might otherwise be missed. Doing something exceptional, even if it’s unexpected, or something that seems small – like David and his little slingshot felling Goliath. Thinking outside the box, aiming high, taking down barriers that seemed like Goliaths while raising expectations and changing the conversation.
That’s a pretty cool thing to do.
We also want to give a special shout out to MyJewishLearning.com, and our fellow partners-in-blogging here on this very site: Keshet and Rabbis Without Borders. Also, Camp Dream Street of Mississippi is another Mississippi organization recognized this year – yasher koach, y’all!
The inspiring innovators included in this year’s Slingshot class are organizational colleagues we are proud to work alongside. Here’s to continuing to innovate and keep using our different kinds of slingshots to move Jewish life forward in the most inclusive and invigorating ways possible.
Students at Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama, listen in rapt attention to The Rabbi and the 29 Witches. We love everything about this image, from the beard and hat on our Ed Fellow (hey, sometimes you have to be the rabbi AND the witches!) to the cute cuddling yarmulke buddies.
Shabbat shalom, y’all!