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My First Hundred Days
Written by Ben Rich Monday, 08 August 2011
It is often said that an incoming US President has only hundred days to make a difference. After that, so the received wisdom goes, the wind changes, the honeymoon peters out and the Washington beltway starts to focus on the mid-term elections.
Fortunately, we at the Movement for Reform Judaism don’t have mid-terms, although disturbingly I’m still only half way through my probationary period: I could yet be asked to walk the plank. Nevertheless - as I pass my personal hundred day landmark - it seems a good moment to ask what we have achieved so far and how to keep up a full head of steam.
What's it all about?
Written by Ben Rich Thursday, 14 July 2011I am currently undertaking the Movement for Reform Judaism's first strategic review for six years. In preparation, I have been reading endless previous strategic review documents dating back, it seems, to the time of Noah (vision: a big boat; mission: stay dry).
Ben Rich on Shavuot Revelation
Written by Ben Rich Friday, 10 June 2011Shavuot afforded me the rare luxury of visiting my own shul, Middlesex New Synagogue.
What Did the Romans Ever Do for Us?
Written by Ben Rich Thursday, 02 June 2011Ben Rich, Chief Executive of the Movement on why he sometimes feels like John Cleese...
Ben Rich on the Role of Reform Judaism
Written by Ben Rich Friday, 01 April 2011
My father has never really understood what I do for a living. "It's communications, dad: helping organisations explain what they do." "But surely they know that?" he replies.
Yet do any of us? Isn’t much of what we do force of habit?As I prepare to take up my role as Chief Executive of the Movement for Reform Judaism, I want to reflect on why I personally do what I do and the individual journey which has brought me to where I am today.
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