Touching the world of Jewish philanthropy, here are two items appearing in the Israeli press this morning.
from The Jerusalem Post:
We once thought of federations as a way of bonding with Israel, and as the single address for donating dollars to an array of Jewish causes at home and abroad. Some saw federation fund-raising as an exercise in Jewish community building, a means of affiliating people who otherwise were disengaged from Jewish life. (Some say that affiliation-by-checkbook is not really much of an affinity, but that is a discussion for another time.)
Now we have alternative choices and pet interests; we have become accustomed to “boutique” and direct giving, either for projects in Israel or the United States. We tend to think of federations for emergencies.
Although American Jews and Israelis share a strong and mutual feeling of solidarity, U.S. coreligionists have a very low willingness to strengthen the relationship, according to a new study.
“The emotional attachment that U.S. Jews have to Israel does not translate itself into willingness to act to strengthen this bond,” the research paper states.