First-ever Limmud FSU Canada Opens Today

Some 400 Russian-speaking Jews will convene today at Ontario's Deerhurst Resort for the inaugural Limmud FSU conference in Canada. A dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of learning, culture and creativity, Limmud FSU Canada will feature such prominent speakers as conference Honorary Chair MP Irwin Cotler, a Canadian-Jewish leader and human rights activist; MP Mark Adler, the first Jewish elected representative from the Conservative Party; Limor Livnat, Israel’s Minister of Culture & Sport; Marat Ressin, a Canadian Russian-Jewish entrepreneur; Sophie Milman, the star jazz vocalist; Matthew Bronfman, Limmud FSU chair; and many others. Limmud FSU Canada is being held in collaboration with UJA-Federation of Greater Toronto. … [Read more...]

Leichtag Foundation Announces Winner of National Sukkah Design Competition

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San Diego, Calif., October 22, 2014 - The votes have been tallied and Sasha and Chris Varone of the North Park community of San Diego, Calif. are the winners of the Sukkot at the Ranch Design Competition, sponsored by the Leichtag Foundation. The Sukkah was chosen by the people’s choice in online and on site voting. The design competition invited members of the community to reimagine the ancient structure known as a sukkah, which has been built during the Jewish harvest of Sukkot since biblical times. The local husband and wife architecture team designed their modern interpretation of the sukkah using plywood. From their submission: “The seven sides of this Sukkah structure represent the seven days of the week and the seven year cycle. Once inside the Sukkah, one’s awareness of the outside world … [Read more...]

Moscow’s Nikitskaya JCC Renamed In Honor of Ralph I. Goldman

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October 22, 2014 - One of Moscow's largest Jewish community centers, the Nikitskaya, was renamed today in honor of Ralph I. Goldman, one of the Jewish world's most accomplished leaders who died, at 100, in Jerusalem two weeks ago. The institution - which opened in 2001 with support from the the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and caters to hundreds of members of the Russian capital's bustling Jewish community each month - was rededicated as the Ralph I. Goldman Nikitskaya Jewish Cultural Center in a ceremony on October 22. The Ralph I. Goldman Nikitskaya Jewish Cultural Center, located in a 19th century mansion in the center of Moscow, offers a wide array of activities to local Jews of all ages. One of its keystone programs is Tapuz nursery and pre-school, consistently ranked … [Read more...]

Steinhardt Foundation Announces Leadership Changes

The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life has announced several changes in its leadership structure. On the professional side, Rabbi David Gedzelman, who has been leading on various projects of the Foundation for over a decade, has been named the President and CEO. Rabbi Gedzelman first came to work for the Foundation in 1995 to lead in the development and implementation of what became Makor, a facility-based program that engaged young adults in arts and culture and possibilities of Jewish life and learning. Among other things, he has been the lead professional in the Foundation's work in the area of Hebrew Language Charter Schools. Eli Schaap, who has been the Foundation's Director of Education and Research, is now Senior Vice President. On the lay side, Sara Berman, who has been involved … [Read more...]

UJA-Federation NYBrings Jewish Social Action Month to NY Area

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UJA-Federation of New York is providing $125,000 in grants to support 35 local community service projects involving more than 100 organizations throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester for Jewish Social Action Month (JSAM). JSAM transforms the Jewish month of Cheshvan into a month-long global volunteer opportunity. This year, JSAM runs Saturday, October 25 through Saturday, November 22, 2014. The grants fund projects at a variety of agencies, including Jewish community centers, Hillels, human-service agencies, synagogues, and day schools. Projects focus on: domestic violence, hunger and poverty, LGBTQ inclusion, the elderly, children with special needs, community restoration and beautification, and more. Social action projects include: In Manhattan - domestic violence … [Read more...]

Introducing the Slingshot Class of 2014 – 2015

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Slingshot has released Slingshot ‘14 - ‘15 - its tenth annual guide to North America’s most innovative Jewish organizations. The Guide, a go-to resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects, will help ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. Among the hundreds of organizations that applied for inclusion 82 were selected, and were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. Slingshot also published three smaller editions and supplements to accompany the Slingshot Guide. There are two regional editions, the Slingshot DC Edition and the Slingshot Midwest Edition, which highlight 18 and 21 organizations, respectively. … [Read more...]

Tmura Passes $10 Million in Funds Raised for Charity

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Tel Aviv, Israel - October 20, 2014 - Tmura - the Israeli Public Service Venture Fund has surpassed the $10,000,000 mark in funds raised to support education- and youth-related charities throughout Israel. This funding has been allocated to more than 100 nonprofit organizations, enhancing the lives of thousands of children in Israel. 360 Israeli and Israel-related high-tech companies have participated in Tmura’s equity donation program to date in support of the organization’s fundraising efforts. With this unique model, Tmura raised significant funds most recently as a result of exits from PrimeSense, Somoto, Soluto, and KitLocate, and now raised an additional $423,000 after it sold shares in Borderfree (NASDAQ: BRDR). Borderfree, a market leader in international cross-border ecommerce … [Read more...]

Birthright Israel Foundation Drops 27% in Private Support 2012 to 2013

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According to the just released Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of the 400 charities that collect the most from private sources, Birthright Israel Foundation's private support for fiscal 2013 decreased 27.2% from fiscal 2012. UJA-Federation of New York's private support dropped 10.9% and Yeshiva University was down 12.1%. Overall the study found a 10.9-percent increase in money raised from 2012 to 2013 for more than 330 charities that reported contributions for both years. Jewish communal organizations listed include: Total Private Support fiscal 2013 % change from fiscal 2012 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee* $311,992,238 +4.4% Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston* $225,445,590 +7.7% Jewish Communal Fund … [Read more...]