Minute With Moshe
How do we create a welcoming, vibrant, and nurturing Jewish future? I’ve heard to create the future, you first must be able to imagine it. I hope you who are interested will collaborate with me and my JFED (Jewish Federation) colleagues to imagine this envisioned future. One thing we have going for us is the Federation’s mission. Our mission uniquely positions us as the singular organization in Jewish Michiana capable of linking people, institutions, and community. The Federation asks “what key outcomes would you like to see a result of being a vibrant, and sustainable community?”
Creating our envisioned future is the major driver behind Vision & Voices, a 2021 Campaign event that offers a conversation with two extraordinary community builders in their own right. See pages 8-9 In choosing the texts and ideas to include in their recent book The New Jewish Canon: Ideas and Debates 1980-2015, co-editors Claire Sufrin and Yehuda Kurtzer sought to capture the most important Jewish conversations of the last three decades. Join us as professor Claire Sufrin reflects on what she learned about American Jews and Jewish communities in the process.
At 3:00 PM, Dr. Amal Elsana-Alh’jooj will speak on the topic: Building Community: Lessons from a grass-roots community organizer. As a teenager, Dr. Elsana-Alh’jooj was already a community organizer, founding the first Arab Bedouin women’s organization. After earning her B.A. at Ben-Gurion University, she went on to earn her Doctorate at McGill University in Montreal where she is now Executive Director of the International Community Action Network.
Vision & Voices will be one of a series of community events to help us reach our 2021 Campaign goal of $370,000. We are over 80% to goal. On behalf of the Federation, I ask that you help us reach that goal. You have three easy ways to respond:
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Vision & Voices begins a conversation about our hopes, dreams and desires we have for our Jewish community. What we hold dear are the seeds of our Jewish community. I think you’ll agree, we are the ground within which these seeds must grow if we want to be a community for all Jewish people. This is the type of desired community I’m thinking about. It is my sincere hope this event will renew our focus about our Jewish future. I’m delighted to invite you into this community conversation. Vision & Voices will help prime the pump as will your input to generate and prioritize fresh solutions. Please call me at 574-360-4995 or email MKruger@TheJewishFed.org, I look forward to hearing from you!
Visit, TheJewishFed.org/Visions and
register for Visions & Voices!
Kudos to our Jewish Film Fest
Act I of the 11th Michiana Jewish Film Festival featured four recently released films -- films that have since headlined at festivals nationwide. In selecting films for the MJFF, we look for new films that are engaging. Whether they cover controversial topics, inspire smiles of familiarity, or land somewhere in between, the films we choose embrace relatable Jewish themes.
The film committee is in the process of screening and selecting the films for Act II of the festival which, like Act I, will feature 4 films for virtual viewing over 4 days -- May 10-13, 2021 (Mon-Thurs). More details will be announced in the April OCN.