Category Archives: Works in Progress

Improvised Poetry: Palimpsest of Drafts

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January 3, 2013

Jake Marmer I remember listening to Marc Ribot’s band Ceramic Dog, thinking: My entire brain — the main line and the back corners — is burning to grasp this music. That night, the avant-garde guitarist played what was likely an entirely improvised set with three fellow musicians. I tried to follow each new direction the More »

Are Schools Anti-Democratic?

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January 3, 2013

Judd Kruger Levingston: Adult leaders in schools can foster a democratic environment by giving students authentic and legitimate opportunities for written and spoken expression in a free press, in the classroom, and through the arts.  More »

No Change, No Growth

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January 3, 2013

Aliza Mazor In the business of building an organization, the only constant is change. Nonprofit start-ups and post-start-ups are quintessential works in progress. They are constantly questioning, tweaking, revising, revisioning, and reinventing; if not, it may be the signal to close shop. In her book Nonprofit Lifecycles, Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity, Susan Kenny Stevens More »

Practical Introspection: A Foundation Emerges

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January 3, 2013

Chip Edelsberg Six-and-one-half years into its philanthropic activity, the Jim Joseph Foundation (JJF) is evolving. It is in the process of becoming one of the major funders of Jewish education in the United States, and it is taking on a personality, creating a perception in the field of a philanthropic enterprise that possesses a certain More »

January Art Show: Works in Progress

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January 3, 2013

This month’s online art exhibition features the work of Judith Margolis, Isa Milman and Ruth Weisberg. As Ruth says, “The creation of every work of art should be both a challenge and a pleasure to the artist and his or her audience. I am refer¬ring to pleasure as the profound feeling of com¬pletion or the More »

Lifespan Judaism: Fostering an Ever-evolving Soul

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January 3, 2013

Dayle A. Friedman If we live long enough, which most of us will, we will surely encounter loss, limits, and mortality. Lest this lead you to run screaming out of the room, there is some good news: Some of us will move through these challenges with grace and grit. Some of us will continue to More »