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...]

New Report Highlights Key Drivers in Relationship between Washington, Diaspora Jewry, and Israel

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) has released its 11th Annual Assessment of the Situation and Dynamics of the Jewish People. This year's Assessment is the first effort to measure the impact of government of Israel decisions on US-Israel relations. The report contains a study, prepared as a tool for Israeli decision makers, on key drivers in the triangular relationship between Washington, Diaspora Jewry, and Israel and how Israeli policies can affect relations between the three sides, in both positive and negative ways. JPPI conducted, for the second year, a structured dialogue process with more than 40 Jewish communities around the world. This year’s subject was Jewish Values and the Use of Force in Armed Conflict. These discussions, within the broader framework of JPPI’s Pluralism … [Read more...]

U.S. Museums Fail to Address Nazi-Era Stolen Art Claims

With heightened recent interest in restitution of Nazi-looted artworks, a new report accuses prominent U.S. museums of evading the restitution to their rightful owners and heirs by refusing to resolve claims on their facts and merits and by asserting technical defenses, such as statutes of limitations. Issued by the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and authored with the pro-bono assistance of Dickstein Shapiro LLP, the report calls for three recommendations to promote merit-based resolutions of Holocaust-era claims against U.S. museums. These recommendations include encouraging U.S. museums to live up to the spirit of the Washington Conference Principles, Terezin Declaration and the Guidelines of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM); having the AAM ensure compliance of its member … [Read more...]

Fifteen Teenagers Win Tikkun Olam Awards

San Francisco, Ca, June 25, 2015 - The Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, has announced the recipients of its annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Now in its ninth year, the national award recognizes and further empowers young, socially-minded leaders who’ve successfully worked for change on issues from education to public policy, science to the environment. Each teen recipient will receive $36,000 to be used in support of a social project or to further their education. Descriptions of all 15 Award recipients and their projects can be found at: www.dillerteenawards.org. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards began as a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007. The awards … [Read more...]

Genesis Prize brings Together Who’s Who of top World Jewry – Even Those Considered ‘Illegitimate’

The evening belied a discomfort that is no longer subtle among intermarried Jews: a need to demand their place within the core Jewish community, despite their non-Jewish partners. By Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt Past the airport-level security at the second Genesis Prize ceremony at the Jerusalem Theatre, the cocktail hour is a sophisticated murmur of Russian, English and Hebrew, with soft jazz playing and dim lights. The cast of characters: Russian businessmen, American and European lay leaders; some Orthodox rabbis; Jewish nonprofit CEOs and suited Israeli Knesset members and Jewish Agency officials. This week, the Russian elite have flown in from Moscow as much as from London, bejeweled young women on the arms of men twice their age. This year's $1 million prize - dubbed the Jewish Nobel … [Read more...]

CJP and the Ruderman Family Foundation Launch $3m. Fund to Support Inclusion at Jewish Day Schools

Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) is partnering with the Ruderman Family Foundation to create the Morton E. Ruderman Inclusion Scholarship Fund to help make Jewish day schools more accessible and affordable for children with disabilities. The $3 million in new funding, paid out over five years, will allow Greater Boston day schools to significantly defray the cost of special education services (both school-based and ancillary services), for students of families in need of financial aid. The funding will also support a new program aimed at building day school teacher capacity to more effectively serve all students, including those with special learning needs. The Response to Intervention (or RTI) program will involve up to five day school pilot sites throughout Greater Boston. It will be … [Read more...]

On World Refugee Day, JDC Urges Support for Ukrainian Displaced People

A Ukrainian mother poses with her daughter and a young friend in the room where she lives with her family in a centre for displaced people in Slavyansk. Most of the people are from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

Ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20th, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) CEO Alan H. Gill called on the Jewish and international community to redouble its efforts to aid Ukraine's million plus internally displaced people, including thousands of displaced Jews who like their neighbors have fled fighting between the Ukrainian government and separatists in the east. "At a time when refugee and internally displaced populations are surging worldwide, we call on people of good will to join us in our ongoing efforts to address the plight of Ukraine's internally displaced, a critical humanitarian crisis that has fallen from the headlines. As we know from our work with displaced Ukrainian Jews, there is no end in sight to their suffering - and the suffering of millions of others … [Read more...]