The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has launched Tikkun Olam Ventures (TOV), an innovative new program addressing poverty among Africa’s smallholder farmers by leveraging Israeli agricultural technology and training, Jewish philanthropy and private capital, and access to new markets for crops. Initiated with a two-year pilot in Ethiopia, TOV currently has seven demonstration sites growing vegetables in the country's … [Read more...] about JDC Launches Tikkun Olam Ventures, Empowering Africa’s Smallholder Farmers
By Judy Maltz Haaretz.com Long before #MeToo and long before Christine Blasey Ford took the stand against Brett Kavanaugh, a group of women in Israel launched a movement aimed at encouraging victims of sexual assault to share their stories publicly. They called it One of One (in Hebrew, Achat Mitoch Achat) - out of their conviction that every single person in Israel has been the target of some kind of unwanted sexual act. What started … [Read more...] about The Trailblazing Israeli Movement That Predated #MeToo
It is 4 a.m. and the Beit Midrash is abuzz with talk of Sukkot, Jerusalem, and Jewish heroism, all in the Russian language. Continuing a six-year tradition, the national educational initiative Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli organized its annual all-night Hoshana Raba study festival for Russian-speaking Israelis in their 20’s and 30’s, in collaboration with the Midrasha HaTzionit. Many young participants of FSU Masa had their first taste of Jewish … [Read more...] about White Nights in Jerusalem – Limmud Hoshana Raba for Young FSU Olim
By A Senior Israeli Nonprofit Consultant It’s a real problem. I just got another call from an Israeli nonprofit organization that had paid $11K to have a booth at the upcoming General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America - this year hosted in Tel Aviv - and I just want to tell them save your money and stay home. The organization that contacted me is a smallish amtua (Hebrew for nonprofit) whom I had never heard of before. … [Read more...] about Is the GA Scamming Israeli Nonprofits?
On the eve of Rosh Hashana 5779, the Jewish population in the world reached 14.7 million, up slightly from last year’s 14.6 million. Of the total population, approximately 8.1 live in the Diaspora (of whom 5.7 in the US), while the number of Jews in Israel totals 6.6 million (up from 6.5 the previous year), in addition to 400,000 Law-Of-Return citizens (who are not listed as Jews with the Civil Registration). These numbers were provided by … [Read more...] about World Jewish Population Reaches 14.7 million