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#throwbackthursday: Jewish Organization Equality Index 2012

As part of our ten-year anniversary celebration, we are participating in the popular social media trend “Throwback Thursday” by sharing a report from some of Rosov’s earliest work on our website and social media. In Rosov Consulting’s early days, sharing findings with the greater field was not a priority, so we are using this as a chance to “resurface” important research and analysis that we conducted that might not have received the audience it warranted. To kick off our monthly #throwbackthursday posts, we are sharing the 2012 Jewish Organization Equality Index from Human Rights Campaign, which our own Wendy Rosov was privileged to consult on. It’s undoubtedly as timely now as it was then to understand why and how the[Read More…]

This Shabbat dinner pairing app isn’t for everyone — and that’s the point

Even while targeting a limited demographic, OneTable’s demand outpaces supply, forcing the company to continue streamlining the most modern way to do the Day of Rest WASHINGTON, DC — Amanda Herring easily recalls what she considers one of the most creative Shabbat dinners she has ever attended. It was an event entitled “Thank G-d, It’s Fried-Egg: Bob’s Burgers Shabbat,” referring to the animated TV comedy about a family running a burger joint in New York City. The hosts — dressed up as Bob and Linda Belcher, the parents in the show — used a social network called Feastly to coordinate the Manhattan dinner in January 2016. Guests signed up online to get the address and time, learn more about the hosts, RSVP,[Read More…]

Professional Development: A Call to Action

By Dana Sheanin and Jenni Mangel The 2016 Leading Edge study “Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work?” identifies five factors of great workplaces. One of these is talent development: “Leading places to work recognize that professionals crave opportunities to advance their knowledge, skill sets and abilities. Employees want to feel that their employer invests in them and cares about their future; that there is a plan for their growth and development; and that their advancement is considered important to the organization.” Yet when did you last participate in a truly impactful professional development program? Many studies over several decades demonstrate the pivotal role professional development plays in improving the quality of teaching and learning – and thus in the[Read More…]

New Research Highlights Effective URJ Youth Engagement Work

In advance of this week’s Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial General Assembly, the URJ has released preliminary survey findings showing the impact of Reform Movement Youth Programs on Jewish Identity. The URJ retained Rosov Consulting to examine the effect of participation in summer camp, youth group, and other Reform Movement youth activities on the Jewish identities of the participants. Among the key preliminary findings: Alumni are far more likely to care about being Jewish than are the general Reform population (as represented by the Pew survey data). Alumni, regardless of whether they come from interfaith families, are more than twice as likely (81% vs. 37%) to say that identifying as Jewish is “very important” to them. Alumni are three times[Read More…]

8 Questions with Rachel Schwartz

In “8 Questions With…,” we share a brief Q&A with a staff member. In this edition, we hear from Rachel Schwartz, Project Associate, who joined Rosov Consulting (RC) in 2016 with a background in program implementation and evaluation.