by Charlene Seidle and Brachie Sprung As we enter the Hebrew month of Av, Jews around the world begin nine somber days of mourning leading up to Tisha Be’av (the 9th of Av), one of the most solemn days on the Jewish calendar. There are many reasons that we mourn on this day, but most famously it is because of the destruction of Jerusalem and the thousands of years of exile that ensued. Today, Jerusalem is showing signs of returning to its … [Read more...] about From the Ashes: Jerusalem Re-Imagined
by Abigail Pickus When The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles made headlines recently with its public plea to raise $9 million to get Woody Allen to film his next movie in Israel, they helped expose the budding concept of crowdfunding - and not just any crowdfunding, but Jewish crowdfunding. “The Woody Allen Israel Project,” posted on the Jewish crowdfunding platform Jewcer, which asks “[e]verybody who cares about great movies, and about … [Read more...] about The Jewish Community Turns to Crowdfunding
by Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu A parent is upset about how their child is treated by a summer camp, and wants the situation rectified. In 2012, how does a parent deal with this situation? By blogging about it, of course, and sending the link to the blog out to all of his friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter. Since the post has a catchy title and hinted at an injustice done to a disabled child, peoples interest is piqued and several thousand … [Read more...] about Did You See That Post on Facebook?
[This post is the second installment of a series on Financial Transparency, inspired by a lecture I gave on “Successfully Transmitting Financial Transparency." The lecture was part of a seminar for Israeli nonprofits entitled, “Adjusting to the New Normal: Putting Transparency into Practice.”] by Shuey Fogel The message being thrust at today’s charities is the need for transparency. In conversations with organizations, however, I still … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Proactively Pursue Financial Transparency
from The Jewish Week: Leading Demographer Questioning N.Y. Population Survey In the first public criticism of the newly released “Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011,” a leading demographer is raising questions about the report’s methodology and data, as well as the validity of its findings. Len Saxe, director of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, says that … [Read more...] about Demographers Differ on New York Survey Numbers