Rare Photo Exhibition of Former PM Begin Opens in Toronto

Participants at exhibition opening ceremony; photo by Yossi Aloni, courtesy Limmud FSU.

Limmud FSU, in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, opened a remarkable photographic exhibition Monday at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Toronto, focusing on the life and Eastern European Jewish roots of a giant of modern Israel, Menachem Begin. The exhibition about Begin, who served as Israeli prime minister from 1977-1983, will be on display to the public through November. “Milestones - From Brest-Litovsk to the Prime Minister’s Office,” tells the story of Begin’s life and career as commander of the pre-state Irgun, as the sixth prime minister of the State of Israel, and as a Nobel Laureate. The exhibition was curated by Rami Shtivi. The opening of the exhibition was part of the Limmud FSU Canada festival, which took place this past weekend in Huntsville, ON in collaboration … [Read more...]

While Threats to Israel Surge, so does Christian Zionism, says CUFI’s Hagee

Christians United for Israel founder Pastor John Hagee addresses the 33rd annual "A Night to Honor Israel" in San Antonio on Sunday. Behind him are Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer (left) and radio talk show host Dennis Prager, who both also spoke at the event. Photo credit: Paul Wharton Photography.

By Jacob Kamaras JNS.org While anti-Semitism in Europe and anti-Zionism on U.S. college campuses are on the upswing, how is American Christian support for Israel trending? Stronger than ever, says the founder of the country’s largest pro-Israel organization. “I can assure you that the evangelical Christians of America support Israel right now in a more aggressive mood than at any time in my lifetime,” Pastor John Hagee, national chairman of the 1.8-million member Christians United for Israel (CUFI), said in an interview with JNS.org. Hagee’s assessment of the pulse of Christian Zionism came one day after 5,000 people attended the 33rd annual “A Night to Honor Israel” at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. CUFI’s goal is to facilitate that same program in every major U.S. city. “We … [Read more...]

Genesis Prize Competition Closes

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Last night, at 11:59 EST, the Genesis Generation Challenge officially closed with over 140 completed applications. Over the course of the competition, more than 22,000 individuals visited the competition website from 174 countries, and over 2,000 individuals registered for the competition. Participants from across the globe submitted applications to fund projects, guided by Jewish values, which will address the world’s pressing issues. The competition was established to honor Michael R. Bloomberg, the inaugural Genesis Prize laureate. The Challenge will award up to 10 teams $100,000 USD each. Winners will be announced in the first quarter of 2015. In the coming weeks, all approved submissions will be distributed to the international expert Evaluation Panel, which will review and score the … [Read more...]

Poland’s New Jewish History Museum Opens

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Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 28, 2014 - Two decades in the making, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews unveiled today its eight-gallery Core Exhibition, showcasing 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. The museum, which stands on the historic site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising facing the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes, both memorializes and perpetuates Jewish life in Poland. Once home to the world’s largest Jewish community from which the majority of Jews living across the Diaspora descend, Poland is today enjoying a resurgence of Jewish life. At a total cost of $110 million, the museum boasts the distinction of being Poland’s largest public-private partnership - a collaborative initiative among the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Municipality of Warsaw and the Association … [Read more...]

eJP Top Nonprofit Blog Worldwide Targeting a Faith-based or Ethnic Community

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Top Nonprofits, in partnership with Third Sector Today, has placed eJewish Philanthropy #14 on the list of the world’s 150 most popular nonprofit blogs. The same list shows eJewish Philanthropy as the most popular nonprofit blog targeting a faith-based or ethnic demographic. We are grateful to all our stakeholders - contributors, readers, donors and others - who have played a part in our success as we begin our 8th year of publishing. … [Read more...]

Religious Donors Are Ready To Take Risks, Support Broad-based Causes

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Turning upside-down the stereotypical image of religious givers whose primary philanthropic concern is their own faith group, a new report released by Jumpstart reveals that charitable givers with deep connections to faith traditions are less in-group-focused than donors with looser ties. Donors who are the most connected to their faith traditions are not just more likely to give, but do so with a sense of openness, experimentation, and risk tolerance, according to the report, Connected to Give: Risk and Relevance. “Connection fuels innovation - not the other way around,” said report co-author and Jumpstart co-founder and COO Joshua Avedon. “Organizations that use unproven programming as a way to engage prospective donors are looking through the wrong end of the telescope. Don’t be afraid of … [Read more...]

Jewish Agency Presents NIS 50 Million Aid Package to Residents of Southern Israel

The Jewish Agency for Israel has developed a NIS 50 million ($13.22 million) aid package to help the communities of Israel's south recover from this summer's hostilities, thanks to contributions from the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod-UIA, and other donors. The aid package includes a series of programs aimed at enabling the communities of southern Israel, particularly those closest to the border with Gaza, to expand their population bases and support a range of groups with an investment of NIS 25 million. It also includes NIS 25 million worth of aid extended to the residents of the South during the summer's hostilities. The aid package being developed includes scholarships for local students, assistance to local businesses, grants for victims of rocket attacks, the … [Read more...]

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. Limmud FSU Canada will offer a wide array of sessions, from “Not Just … [Read more...]