Social media an unappreciated source of good

Like most of the UK population I have been glued to a screen for the last 24 hours. BBC News in the back ground whilst my computer whirls into overdrive with several different twitter searches, live blogs and news sites all updating all at once. (My ability to multi task really comes into its own during a crisis).

Throughout a night of mass unrest a question was regularly posed, how are these seemingly random groups organising themselves. The traditional media (television news) pointed the finger quickly at the evil world of social media namely Twitter. Surely this instant method of communication means that nasty people can organise themselves to loot and riot? Continue reading

The Jewish Social Action Forum – setting the agenda?

Three years ago, the Jewish Social Action Forum [JSAF] organised as a forum for professionals and organisations in the UK with a general interest or specific agenda within social justice. Increased professional leadership, moving from mainly linking Jews with wider campaigns to cultivating a distinct Jewish social action campaign agenda, and establishing JSAF within the mainstream communal landscape—have allowed for increased impact and a greater sense of direction. These developments have also posed their own challenges. Does maintaining sufficient consensus limit JSAF’s role in more assertive campaigning? With increased professionalization, how does JSAF mobilize lay and wider support? Here are some lessons learned for communal organizing for social change: Continue reading

JHub Adventure – Trip 2 UJIA and Tikun

If you have not already guessed it the J in JHub stands for Jewish. I will give you a minute for the shock to overwhelm you. Good. We decided that it would be silly of us to visit all these different hubs without going to see how other Jewish organisations do it. So we decided to visit:

  • UJIA: the Heart of Jewish Life, is a Jewish charity supporting young people and education in the UK and Israel.
  • Tikun: to guide Jewish people towards their ancient mission of being a shining moral example by teaching them principles of well being, Torah wisdom and their responsibility to improve the world. Continue reading

JDub is dead: Long Live JDub

Just as a human life leaves an immeasurable impression on those people and institutions they come in contact with, so too does an initiative like JDub, no matter how short-lived it might be. A funeral is an opportunity to celebrate the impression that has been made by an individual, to reflect on what we have learned from him/her and to decide how we want to incorporate that learning into our lives. We need to do the same when an innovative initiative ends its tenure as an organization and ask: What do we want to celebrate? What have we learned? How can we continue to allow that learning to influence us even when the institution no longer physically exists? Continue reading

A meeting, some learning and of course lunch.

Yesterday I heard a new term to describe the atmosphere at JHub, Hubbling. The term now means when JHub is bubbling over with people, chatting and excitement. It is really what JHub is all about.

The ‘hubbly’ atmosphere was caused by the the JSAF (Jewish Social Action Forum) meeting followed by the JHub Lunch and Learn, both of which mean I get to spend most of my day listening to inspiring people and ideas whilst stuffing my face full of bagels and crisps. Continue reading