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. … [Read more...]

Four Questions to Make Your Seder Night Different from all Other Seder Nights

As Jews throughout the world prepare to sit down at their seder tables, the UK's Institute for Jewish Policy Research has prepared a discussion guide to add a different dimension to your seder. Using some of the data from a recent UK community survey, it poses four new questions to add to the many other questions the seder raises. While the data points are UK centric, the questions posed are relevant around the world. … [Read more...]

In Nepal, Piecing Together a Seder, Suitcase by Suitcase

Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz, right, gives Torah classes for visitors.

by Dovid Margolin It’s past 11 o’clock at night at the Chabad House in Kathmandu, Nepal, and a calm breeze wafts through the Jewish center’s courtyard. Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz is wrapping up a Torah class he has been giving to 30 Israelis, and a few more sit about chatting. Although a serene quietness envelopes this Himalayan Chabad House, it is less than a week before Passover, and Lifshitz still does not have all the supplies necessary to ensure that Kathmandu’s iconic seder - along with three others held in other parts of the country - can take place. Yet the seders will undoubtedly go on. On March 23, the Israeli Foreign Ministry went on strike, stalling a container of Passover supplies that had been sent for the seders and addressed to the Israeli embassy in Nepal, in port in … [Read more...]

First-Ever Northeast Convening for Young Jewish Adult Engagers

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Professionals from across the Northeast gathered this week at the first-ever Northeast Regional Convening of the NEXTwork - the only national network of engagement professionals and leaders who interact directly with Birthright Israel alumni and young Jewish adults across the country. The two-day conference, hosted by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel, brings together professionals from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Stamford, New Jersey, and Boston to learn new engagement strategies, share best practices, and grow into a strong regional “learning network,” shaping the Jewish journeys of thousands of young Jewish adults. “Engagers are on the ground welcoming home and interacting directly with Birthright Israel alumni,” says Morlie Levin, CEO of NEXT. “If … [Read more...]

US Reclaims 1st Place on World Giving Index

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Since 2011, the biggest increase in participation in volunteering has occurred among 15-24 year olds. This age group has gone from being the least likely to volunteer in 2008 to the second most likely to volunteer in 2012. Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has released an infographic of the 2013 World Giving Index, a global view of giving trends. The aim of the Index is to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. The index is based on surveys in 135 countries by Gallup over the past year and looks at three measures of giving: the percentage of people who give money to charity, volunteer their time or help a stranger in a typical month. The index found that the United States was the most generous country on earth, followed in joint second place by Canada, Burma and … [Read more...]

Govn’t Committee Recommeds Stripping Hadassah WZOA of Hospital Board Control

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As for the Hadassah Organization, the Gabbay Committee says, "Besides raising donations on a huge scale, the Hadassah Organization failed to properly manage the hospital during the crisis." It recommends appointing a completely independent board of directors, where no party will have a veto. from Globes: Gabbay C'ttee: Take the hospital away from Hadassah "Almost everyone involved in the matter has a hand in bringing Hadassah Medical Center to its present condition," is the conclusion of the Gabbay Committee... Gabbay does not recommend nationalizing the hospital, as proposed by Ministry of Health director general Prof. Ronny Gamzo, recommending instead keeping it without a controlling core. In effect, the Gabbay Committee recommends leaving the hospital's current owner, Hadassah Women's … [Read more...]