Online publisher eJewish Philanthropy named Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle’s senior staff writer Toby Tabachnick’s front-page feature “Old models of Jewish legacy institutions no longer working, say experts” (July 21) as one of its Top 10 posts of the year from 2017. The designation was based on the eJewish Philanthropy site’s analytics.
Tabachnick consulted with national experts to address the viability of Jewish legacy organizations that are “facing a perfect storm of societal shifts as the sheer number of non-Orthodox Jews continues to plummet and millennials trend toward a new paradigm of customization and personalization.”
One expert, Rabbi Danny Schiff, is the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Foundation scholar.
“The really big challenge is: Where is the core focus of human life in this age headed, and therefore, what are the things Judaism needs to say that will be important enough to galvanize people of whatever age to be involved in Jewish life?” Schiff said.
According to Schiff, one question that must be addressed is, “How do we, as human beings obviously coming from a Jewish perspective, incorporate that in a responsible way into our lives that still maintains our humanity? If we don’t have any answer to that question, how relevant are we?”
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You can read Tabachnick’s article here: https://jewishchronicle.timesofisrael.com/jewish-institutional-models-no-longer-working/