After sitting through three days of meetings with Diaspora leaders, one thing is clear. By and large, they do not realize the impact of allowing Shas, the Sephardic Haredi party, to come aboard as a member of the World Zionist Organization. from The Forward: Shas Breaks Old Taboo, Joins Zionists Israel’s largest ultra-Orthodox political party is eliciting outrage from those to its right and a mix of anxiety and applause from those to … [Read more...] about Shas: Trojan Horse In the Zionist Establishment?
With the search and rescue phase of the Haiti earthquake response over, many of the emergency field hospitals have flown in and flown out, their work now complete. There is no longer an urgent need to rescue the buried and count the dead, though huge unmet humanitarian need remains. The emphasis for international aid agencies now shifts to help the living survive, recover and rebuild their lives in a sustainable way particularly with the … [Read more...] about World Jewish Relief Launches Programs in Haiti
Last week, on the grounds of the Eshel Hanassi Youth Village in the northern Negev, the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) broke ground for the first of three dormitories planned for a new resident program. This marks the first stage of an ambitious multi-campus expansion of the Hod Ha'Sharon school. The Alexander Muss High School, established in 1972 in conjunction with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, has developed into the … [Read more...] about Alexander Muss High School Begins to Expand
One 20-something explains the ups and downs of her personal connection to Jewish philanthropy. by Ariella Lis There is this acquaintance in my life named Philanthropy. Let's call him "Phil" for short. People really like to talk to me about Phil. Lots of important Jews are worried that "my generation" will not give to Jewish causes. But, I ease their anxiety. I'm living proof that Jews in their twenties care a great deal about Jewish … [Read more...] about My Complicated Relationship with Phil
World ORT sent two experts to Haiti to see how the organization’s expertise in education and vocational training - as well as its extensive experience of aiding post-crisis countries including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India and Sri Lanka - can best serve the country’s recovery. from the World ORT blog 'Live" from Haiti (updated February 22nd): Saturday 20th February 2010 There are two areas that emerge as priorities to help … [Read more...] about Jewish World Begins Longer-Term Development in Haiti