The Cosmotheistic Hypothesis of Mordechai Nessyahu
May 30, 2012
Mordechai Nessyahu viewed his life work as a product of his Jewish identity and his particular interpretation of Jewish history. He assigned a special place for the Jews and the Jewish outlook on life in the development of conscious civilizations throughout the universe. Cosmotheism posits God as the consequence of the Cosmos and not as its cause. Not in the beginning God created the Universe but in the end the Cosmos will have created God.
Moshe Dror -- In rememberance
May 2, 2011
Dr. Rabbi Moshe Dror (1934-2011), author, educator, mystic and director of Jewish Futures Network passed away in Israel, on Friday, April 29, 2011. Moshe died in surgery, after being hospitalized earlier in the month due to a stroke. Simcha, his wife, reports that the funeral for Moshe was held on Monday, May 2nd, in Yeroham, Israel.
Moshe Dror is best known in the futures studies community as co-author of Futurizing the Jews (Praeger, 2003). For over two decades he shared his vision of a "new exodus" and how a new generation of "cyber rabbis" could shape an open spirituality. Most recently he served as the chair of the World Network of Religious Futurists after the passing of Dr. Richard Kirby (d. 2009). MORE...
Bar Ilan to Host Futures Conference
Nov 14, 2010
On November 22nd, about 200 scholars and academics will gathered at the Bar Ilan campus, outside Tel Aviv, to discuss the nature of how
academics can study the future in such areas, as technological forecasting,
industry, and economics; as well as develop visions for human transformation.
The concept of this was developed by Prof. David Passig, a Professor at Bar Ilan
University School of Education. The event will be streamed live in Hebrew, via a
link posted in Facebook, the day before. For info, see http://bit.ly/passig
The 1st Jewish Futures Conference
Oct 3, 2010
The 1st ever Jewish Futures Conference will be held at the 2010 Jewish Federations of North America – Nov. 8 in New Orleans. This General Assembly will join communal leaders, educators, and educational entrepreneurs and forecasters in a unique conversation about new perspectives and approaches for the future of Jewish education.
2030: Alternative Futures for the Jewish People
Feb 24, 2010
The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem has released a study on the "The Jewish People in 2030: A Positive Future or a Nightmare Reality? How to Affect the Future Today." This multi-year study explores four alternate realities that could befall the Jewish people in 20 years, ranging across the spectrum from Thriving, Defending, Drifting, Nightmare.
The Future Code of Israel
Dec 4, 2009
Dr. David Passig, Israeli strategist and futurist, has released a book entitled, The Future Code,, which considers what foresight methodologies offer a discussion of the future of Israel, from 10 to 50 years out.
Redirecting Holocaust Memorialization Toward Humanization
Oct 5, 2009
Dr. Art Shostak, an American labor futurist, believes the future of religion in the next quarter century hinges in some unknowable way on the quality of Holocaust memorialization, as this involves Jews and non-Jews alike. He is concerned that over 60 years of memorialization emphasis only on the Horror has grievously under-valued the humanistic content hidden from sight (literally and figuratively) in the lives of millions of prisoners in over 2,000 concentration/labor camps.
Virtual New Jerusalem Game Proposed to Google
Jan 11, 2009
Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man, Jewish scholar and cyber-architext has proposed that a virtual New Jerusalem global multi-user computer game system be built to fulfill the redemptive visions of the prophets of Israel.
Emory Jewish Law Expert on Bioethics
May 29, 2008
Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Emory Law Professor Michael J. Broyde to address biotechnology and ethics at the 'Facing Tomorrow' conference held in conjunction with Israel's 60th birthday in Jerusalem earlier this month. Broyde, a senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory, is ordained as a rabbi by Yeshiva University and is a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America. Here Broyde shares his thoughts on bioethics
Synagogue 3000 elects new Chair
Feb 19, 2008
Rabbi Aaron Spiegel, noted expert on congregational studies and a director at the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, takes the helm of Synagogue 3000, an organization that empower synagogues to become compelling moral and spiritual centers - sacred communities - for the twenty-first century.