Everyone Has One Sermon December 30, 2016

"...Right now more than ever, I want to say something profound and earth shattering. I want to have the answer to all of the ills, all of the sad, all of the pain. I want to say something that changes people’s lives. Every sermon I write, especially when talking about the brokenness in the world, I come to the same conclusion: The world, society, our country and so on, would be better if each person would go out and encounter ‘the other’ whoever that is for you. It feels so touchy-feely, kumbaya-y.

Irwin Kula on Disrupting Religion at CB Insights Innovation Summit in Santa Barbara on Jan.11, 2017 December 29, 2016

Wednesday, January 11th, at 2:30 pm at the Bacara Resort, Santa Monica, CA, Rabbi Irwin Kula will discuss Disrupting Religion: If an industry can be disrupted after 3,000 years, what does that mean for your business?

The Wisdom Daily: When Empathy Prevents Compassion December 29, 2016

"Empathy and compassion go hand-in-hand, right? It’s a given that the best way to care about other people is to walk in their shoes and to see how they feel.

It's Not a Supernatural Miracle December 29, 2016

"...the Maccabean miracle was not purely supernatural. After all, they fought their foes, cleaned up their sanctuary, hastened to produce more oil, and maintained faith. Part of the miracle of Chanukah is its empowerment of us as consequential agents in our own survival, agents of social justice, and in maintaining God’s light. Just as God never stops flowing toward us, humankind has always and will always partner with God in maintaining that wonder...."

The Dangers of Purity December 28, 2016

"The holiday of Hanukkah should be a fraught one for American Jews. Most of us know it as a gift-giving holiday, oriented towards our children, and we like to focus on its religious aspect as a holiday of religious freedom. And it is those things. But it is also other things, darker, and bloody. Because it is also a story of the Jewish people divided: preferring assimilation to Jewish practice, and some assimilating to an extent that they rejected circumcision and participated in idol worship.

Designing for Impact: A User Centric Model for Hillel December 28, 2016

"This fall, nine Hillel outposts across North America started testing out whether Jewish organizations can become more relevant by developing a radically “user-centric” mindset and then building all of their other institutional priorities, structures and communication in support of that mindset.

These Hillels – from universities large and small, public and private, commuter and residential, and of varying size of staff and budget – are the first cohort of the Campus Leadership Impact (CLI) Platform, an intensive two-year training in the methodology and strategies of Design Thinking.

CLI is the first project launched by the Jewish Design Initiative (JDI), an independent umbrella organization founded by Rabbi Yonah Schiller aimed at developing Design Thinking platforms across the Jewish organizational landscape.

Schiller developed the CLI Platform in partnership with CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a national foundation in response to persistent interest from other Hillels that saw Tulane Hillel increase its participation by 230 percent and more than triple its annual budget over the past seven years...."

Is Interfaith Marriage Good for the Jews? December 26, 2016

"Interfaith marriage is in the Jewish news again — just like it was in 500 BCE, as Jews returned from exile in Babylonia. During this time of cultural transition (c. 538-424 BCE), all Jewish leaders recognized the issue. Five biblical books record five different views...."

Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, Ph.D., RIT professor awarded NSF grant to benefit the next generation of games and learning scholars December 23, 2016

"As a doctoral candidate, Owen Gottlieb received advice from a consortium that eventually led him to a successful teaching and research career. Years later, Gottlieb, an expert in games and learning at Rochester Institute of Technology, is “paying it forward,” using a National Science Foundation grant that will enable the next generation of gaming scholars and researchers to make inroads in the field of game design and development.

Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, Ph.D.,RIT professor awarded NEH grant to enhance religious literacy through gaming December 23, 2016

"A team of interdisciplinary researchers, designers and developers led by Owen Gottlieb, an assistant professor of interactive games and media at Rochester Institute of Technology, has created a digital prototype for Lost & Found, a strategy game that aims to promote and enhance the public understanding of religion.

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