Tmura Passes $10 Million in Funds Raised for Charity


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. … [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%. … [Read more...]

Tevel b’Tzedek Helps Survivors of the Nepal Trekking Disaster

By Rabbi Micha Odenheimer Last week tragedy hit Nepal when a freak snowstorm trapped hundreds of trekkers, including tens of Israelis, in the mountain pass of the popular Annapurna range. The death toll is now over 40, including 3 young Israelis, and many more trekkers were airlifted out suffering from hypothermia, frostbite and other injuries. Read more. The Tevel staff and volunteers were among the first in the field to offer assistance. I spent Simchat Torah and Shabbat at the hospital with our staff members and fellows from our year-long program, the Tevel Fellowship, supporting the survivors, several of whom were suffering from post-trauma. We distributed warm meals, blankets, SIM cards and lots of hugs and encouragement. We helped the victims of severe frostbite get the medical attention … [Read more...]

Introducing the Slingshot Class of 2014 – 2015


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. … [Read more...]

Newly Released Miami Population Study Shows 26% Increase in 18-34 Age Group


Miami is back! Reversing 30 years of decline, the population of the Miami Jewish community has increased by 9 percent during the past decade. This from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's just released "2014 Greater Miami Jewish Federation Population Study: A Portrait of the Miami Jewish Community." More than 123,000 Jews now live in Miami-Dade County, making Miami the eleventh largest Jewish community in the U.S. “In the past decade, we have seen a flow of new Jewish residents, as well as an increase in the length of residency in Miami,” said the Federation's Chief Planning Officer Michelle Labgold. “This is significant news because Miami’s Jewish community experienced a steady decline in population between 1975 and 2004.” The Country’s Most Diverse Jewish Population The … [Read more...]

Hope in Hannover

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By Evie Rotstein, Ed.D. In response to the raging anti-Semitic demonstrations throughout Europe this past summer, a respectable crowd of 5,000 gathered in Berlin, on September 14th, to demonstrate their support to fight a resurgence of the hatred that had almost wiped out Jewish life in Germany during the Nazi era. Many applauded when Chancellor Merkel said: “Jewish life is our life. It is part of our identity.” Earlier in the summer, two hundred and fifty kilometers west of Berlin, in the city of Hannover, my family, along with 17 other Holocaust survivors and their families, were guests of the city, for a week of dedication and remembrance. They came from the US, Israel, England and Argentina. Their story is very much a part of the German story that Merkel referenced. Mr Hauke Jagau, the … [Read more...]

Groundbreaking Israeli Advertising Campaign Featuring Women Vandalized

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October 14, 2014, Jerusalem - In an important victory for women’s rights in Israel, a long-awaited advertising campaign funded by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) launched last week on Jerusalem’s Egged buses, depicting women as Israeli citizens - and implying their equality with men across all forums. Within a few days, the ads were vandalized, bringing additional police and public attention to the need to convey women’s equality in Israel. The ad images are part of the “Yerushalmiot - Naim LeHakir” (“We are Jerusalemite women - Pleased to meet you”) campaign, which appeared on buses after a two-year battle that included Israel’s High Court of Justice and the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Rachel Azaria, whose own image was prohibited from appearing on public transit for fear of protests … [Read more...]

The Jew vs. Jew Legal Battle in Poland: It’s All About Money

By Jan Jaben-Eilon An ongoing conflict in which Jews are pitted against Jews in Poland may finally be decided by a three-judge panel in Warsaw tomorrow, October 14. Then again, it’s very possible that whichever side loses the four-year-old battle, the case could be taken to either the Polish Supreme Court, or to the European Union. The stakes are obviously high. In 2010, a lawsuit was brought against the Polish Minister of the Interior by the Union of Jewish Communities, also known as Twarda which was established in 1993, but was recognized as the only representative of Jewish interests in Poland as part of the 1997 Jewish Law, according to one of the attorneys involved with the court case. The basis of the lawsuit was the registration by the Interior Minister of Beit Polska, or the Union … [Read more...]