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Once tzedakah meant putting pennies in a pushke. Today it can encompass a glossy brochure, a glitzy night out, or something akin to a business arrangement, where donors are treated as shareholders and demand leverage and regular reports. How has the modern age impacted the Nation of Givers? Two leading fundraising professionals survey the ins, outs, and invariables of the world of philanthropy.
They were casually introduced by landsleit or mutual relatives and finalized their engagements in the local park. But their children will only meet their spouses through an intricately choreographed and painstakingly staged set of maneuvers. How has the world of shidduchim changed, and why? Two shadchanim — one a savvy, Bluetooth-toting youngster, the other a battle-worn educator — weigh in on this stormiest of sea crossings.
SMART Boards. Social workers. Mentoring. Ritalin. The vocabulary, toolkit, and challenges of the 21st-century educator are a world apart from the educator of just two or three decades ago. Two seasoned educators weigh in on how those classrooms have changed since your last “How I Spent My Summer” assignment.
It used to be that a businessman couldn’t get a kosher meal in the Far East for all the tea inChina. Today that has changed. It’s possible to eat well, daven well, and, of course, do a little business in the country that has become the manufacturing center of the world.
Forty years ago, a woman who gave birth to a Down syndrome baby was encouraged to give up her child and hope for better next time around. Today, parents faced with mentally or developmentally challenged children have Medicaid vouchers, a plethora of services for special needs children, and an array of camps that teenagers fight to work for. Does acceptance make the challenge easier?
During Rabbi SukiBerry’s hours in the recording studio back in the “old days,” he presided over a full orchestra of musicians playing in sync, without any techie click track keeping them on tempo. Twenty-first century technology has made room for people like Shua Fried, one of the leading arrangers in the chassidic music world, whose musical tools and lexicon sing of an entirely different approach.