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NEXTwork Lunch & Learn: Jewish Megatrends

NEXTwork Lunch & Learn: Jewish Megatrends

Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Make more of your lunch hour with new ideas,
new colleagues, and new opportunities!

Our modern American Jewish community is changing in
a big way. What can we learn from these changes, and
how do they impact our work here in Chicago? Find out
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, author of Jewish Megatrends,
a new book featuring visionary solutions from fourteen
leading innovators of Jewish life.

Attendees learned:

  • What are some of the changes in the marketplace
    (American society) and the market (young Jews) that
    require a shift in the way the Jewish community functions?
  • How does a Jewish community, largely built by tribal
    Jews for tribal Jews, attract a generation that's
    increasingly "post-tribal"?
  • What principles should guide Jewish institutions that
    want to remain relevant for the next generation?

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is an author, rabbi, social entrepreneur, and Jewish leaders. He founded PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, an organization dedicated to inspiring, training, and empowering Jewish youth to a life of leadership, activism, and service. He previously serviced as the director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, DC, where he oversaw public affairs and community relations. 

NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation
NEXT: A Division of the Birthright Israel Foundation connects Birthright Israel trip alumni and their peers with meaningful Jewish living and learning opportunities locally, nationally and in Israel, and in parallel, grows and advances the field of young adult engagement professionals.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Spertus offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs—including films, speakers, seminars, and concerts—take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.


This program was part of the NEXTwork Lunch & Learn series, brought to you by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

NEXTwork Lunch & Learn is a new professional development offering for the NEXTwork, NEXT’s ever-growing national network of professionals who engage Jewish young adults. Through partnerships with organizations like Spertus, NEXT hopes to create valuable learning opportunities for engagement professionals on both a local and national level.