Limmud FSU Moscow Kicks Off Tomorrow

Moscow, Russia, April 123 - Over 1,000 Jewish participants, mainly from across Russia, will gather in Moscow, tomorrow through Sunday, for the Limmud FSU Moscow conference. Limmud FSU Moscow is considered the largest Jewish gathering in the former Soviet Union. Limmud FSU conferences are also considered to be among the leading Jewish cultural events in the FSU, and provide a festival of Jewish learning featuring lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide-range of cultural events in Russian, English and Hebrew. This year will mark the ninth Limmud FSU Moscow event, organized entirely by a local team of volunteers in what is the biggest Jewish community in the FSU. The conference will feature more than 180 sessions covering topics such as Judaism, Jewish culture in all its … [Read more...]

Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders for Jewish Nonprofits

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Why are critical Jewish institutions struggling to find the talent they need, particularly at the most senior ranks? a must read report for current and aspiring communal leaders … [Read more...]

The Million Dollar Fundraisers

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, more than two dozen fundraisers at U.S. nonprofits earn more than $500,000, and at least two make $1-million or more. YU's Daniel Forman, Vice President Development, was the third highest paid on the list at just under the million dollar mark. … [Read more...]

Amidst the Turmoil, a Model Seder Takes Place in Ukraine

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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), in partnership with The Jewish Agency, organized a model seder last week for children in Ukraine. Photos by Moshe Bukhman, courtesy The Fellowship … [Read more...]

Jewish Community of Kaifeng Holds First Traditional Seder

The traditional burning of hametz before Passover; photo by  Jason Jia Shuo.

Nearly 100 members of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, China, came together last week for a first-of-its-kind traditional Passover Seder. The Seder - sponsored by the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization - was led by 28-year-old Tzuri (Heng) Shi, who made Aliyah from Kaifeng a few years ago and completed his formal return to Judaism last year. As part of the preparation for the upcoming Seder, Tzuri was sent to Kaifeng by the Shavei Israel organization with all of the traditional Passover items including: Matzah packages, Kosher for Passover wine, Haggadahs which were prepared especially in Hebrew and Chinese, Kosher for Passover cakes, traditional red horseradish, and traditional Charoset. Scholars believe the first Jews settled in Kaifeng, which was one of China's imperial … [Read more...]

Hadassah WZOA Threatens to Halt Donations if Hospital Control is Taken Away

According to Globes, "In an urgent motion filed on Friday with the Jerusalem District Court, the Hadassah Organization threatens that if control of the hospital is taken away from the organization, not only will it halt donations to the hospital, the US philanthropic network for all Israeli organizations will be affected, as well as "the delicate fabric of relations with the Diaspora. In the motion, the Hadassah Organization says that the government bears the main responsibility for the financial condition of Hadassah Hospital and that the government's position as presented in the negotiations on a recovery plan and in the Gabbay Committee recommendations is shameless." In a hearing today, the Court extended the stay of proceedings for Hadassah Medical Center, despite its operating deficit, … [Read more...]