eJewish Philanthropy is pleased to welcome Gidi Grinstein, the Founder and President, of the Reut Institute, who has graciously provided us with the English translation of his series of blog posts on Philanthropy in Israel. Gidi is considered one of the leading policy analysts in Israel and commands a variety of expertise on national security, negotiations, governance and socio-economics. He has an extensive background in policy-planning and is … [Read more...] about Jewish Philanthropy in Israel
Transforming Philanthropy in Israel
Jewish philanthropy in Israel is at a crossroads. Powerful trends are marginalizing its impact on Israeli society. More than a billion dollars of philanthropic giving from Jews worldwide, spurred by endless goodwill, passion and care, are not impacting Israel or contributing to global Jewish peoplehood to the extent they should. The current system is in dire need of an overhaul. I write this piece as an Israeli whose national identity is founded … [Read more...] about Synopsis: Diaspora and Jewish Philanthropy in Israel: Overhaul or Be Marginalized
This series of blog posts deals with non-Israeli Jewish philanthropy in Israel with the objective of making a contribution to its effectiveness and relevance. When I started working on this project, my wife, friends and colleagues asked me why I care enough to spend so many hours on a topic that is out of the focus of my professional work. My answer was that I feel a debt to the community that has made my dream possible and that, en route, … [Read more...] about Post 1: Flight on the Wings of Jewish Philanthropy
As I mentioned in the first post of this series, my perspective in writing this series is that of a Jew and an Israeli, in that order (for a more elaborate discussion, please see the first post of my blog A Link in the Chain). I am also a grantee that has realized a dream and a vision due to the generosity of time, spirit, trust and money by lay leaders, Jewish professional, rabbis, communities and organizations from across the Jewish … [Read more...] about Post 2: Why Should we Care?
A powerful and consistent trend that is affecting the role of Jewish philanthropy in Israel is the decline in the will and ability of the Government of Israel to address the needs of its constituency. I call this trend: the decline of Jerusalem. For world Jewry and philanthropy in Israel, this trend represents both a threat and an opportunity: while it expands the menu of options for philanthropic interventions it is also overstretching its … [Read more...] about Post 3: The Decline of Jerusalem and the Rise of Other