Is The Emperor [Mostly] Naked?

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What was it about Uzi ben Gibor's post last week "The Ugly Side of Jewish Federations," that caused it to immediately explode across our readership? Was it the word "ugly" attached to Jewish Federations? Or was it nothing more than a slow Wednesday morning where readers were easily distracted from their morning routine? Yet something hit a nerve and a tsunami began gathering steam across federation land. And while Uzi is impressed by the almost 900 likes, the real impact are the comments and the almost 20,000 unique visitors  the post racked up in the first 48 hours! As of this writing, there have been 55 comments posted - the bulk are what you would expect: written either by federation supporters or federation critics. A different, and more nuanced conversation, is taking place over at JEDLAB … [Read more...]

JDC Resilience Conference: European Jews Must Be Prepared For Challenges As Vast Majority Remain In Place

Ana Libl, President of the Jewish Community of Croatia and Avital Livneh, Headmaster of Tikva School, Barcelona.

"By the time you hear the thunder, it's to late to build the ark." conference participant Barcelona, Spain, June 29, 2015 - In a year of growing challenges and threats to European Jewish communities and with immediate concerns over the impact of a potential Greek default, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) concluded a multi-day international conference in Barcelona aimed at strengthening Jewish community resilience in the face of adversity. Dozens of Jewish leaders, experts, and professionals from across the continent took part in the pan-European discussions that focused on bolstering crisis management and response, community security, and streamlining inter-communal cooperation. The conference was co-organized in cooperation with the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and … [Read more...]

Rochelle Shoretz, z”l, May Her Memory be a Blessing

Rochelle Shoretz

It is with a personal sense of loss we share the following message from Sharsheret: We are deeply saddened to share that Sharsheret's Founder and Executive Director, Rochelle Shoretz (A"H), passed away today of complications from breast cancer, a disease for which she created a community of support for thousands. We at Sharsheret have lost our Founder, our leader, our mentor. The Jewish world and the cancer world have lost a true champion of women and their families. Rochelle’s legacy is her children and an incredible organization that only she could have built. Her passion and drive will forever remain the foundation of Sharsheret. Our condolences go out to Rochelle’s family and to all who were touched by this extraordinary woman. May her memory be a blessing. … [Read more...]

Who is Rabbi Shteinman and Why Should The Jewish Agency’s Donors Be Concerned?

Rabbi Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman

The Jewish Agency, in violation of their own governance policies, is funding anti-Zionist and anti-government MASA programs. Sitting at the top of The Jewish Agency's governance structure, even above the Board of Governors, is the Assembly. Comprised of up to 518 members apportioned similarly to the Board, the Assembly (though meeting only annually) is the prime decider of overarching policy matters. Historically, their debates involved serious ideological and political issues relating to the nature of Zionism, the structure of the Jewish Agency, internal Israeli politics, the understanding of the Israel Diaspora relationship and more. Back in the mid-80's, the US Federation world (UIA, UJA, CJF) and Keren Hayesod leadership, charged with doing due diligence of the charitable funds they … [Read more...]

With $6m. Naming Gift, HUC School of Jewish Nonprofit Management Surges Forward

The School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (SJNM) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) has been named with a transformative gift from Marcie and Howard Zelikow. The first Jewish communal service graduate program to be established in America forty-five years ago, this School continues to be at the forefront preparing nonprofit professionals today for leadership careers in the Jewish community. With this gift, it is now poised to broaden its impact, both geographically and across the range of Jewish professional fields. The $5 million Zelikow Endowment, along with their $1 million commitment for current operations, will provide core support for the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, including its administration, faculty, student financial aid, technology enhancement … [Read more...]

Govn’t of Israel and Jewish Agency Sign Memorandum of Understanding on “Initiative”

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After decades of lobbying, profile of high school in Israel programs raised It has been almost 3 months since we have heard anything about the World Jewry Joint Initiative. But behind the scenes, significant negotiation has taken place. In fact, we have learned that so much effort has but put into this agreement that if JAFI's representative was billing his usual and customary hourly rate, the bill might exceed $100,000! In the end, the negotiation has now culminated in an initialized non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the parties. While there are still many details to be worked out, the MoU lays out overall governance including structure, oversight and of most interest to our readers the "Initial Content Areas:" Teen trips to Israel - to double the numbers of teen … [Read more...]

Stop the Sirens Campaign Allocates $16.8m for Current Needs

Kids try to stay positive while a rocket warning keeps them in a Sderot bomb shelter.

As a follow-up to our post last month, eJP spoke with Susan (Susie) Stern, JFNA's immediate past National Campaign Chair, about the allocations that have been made through the Stop the Sirens Campaign. Through August 18th, $16.8 million has been allocated to support "needs needed right away." And while the situation on the ground has been changing on an almost daily basis, the allocations process has been generally looking at needs for a two week basis and is focusing on needs up to Rosh Hashana. Here are some highlights of current allocations: One of the most important area of needs is trauma support where thirteen years of siren blasts have taken a significant toll. In towns like Sderot, 28 percent of adults and 94 percent of children are showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The … [Read more...]

As Gov’t Diaspora Initiative Moves Forward, Politics at the Forefront

With rockets targeting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this evening the latest ceasefire is already a joke. So too is the relationship between the principal players in the World Jewry Joint Initiative (ofter referred to as the Prime Minister's Initiative (PMI) on this site and elsewhere). Let's back up to an abbreviated history. Last July, eJP broke the story on the planning for this ground-breaking project. The PMI was pegged as a $300 million a year program and made headlines around Israel and the Jewish world. At that point in time, The Jewish Agency (JAFI) had been working with the Prime Minister’s Office on the project for almost a year. In November of last year, a Summit was held in Jerusalem bringing together over a  hundred representatives of Jewish communities worldwide, including The Agency's … [Read more...]