by Rabbi Charles Feinberg and Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg We and a group of other rabbis recently spent several months poring over the details of a holy text. This was not the Talmud, but rather the new employment policies of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. This may not sound like a religious activity. We recognized, though, that our employment policies are a statement of our values as a Jewish human rights organization. We also understood … [Read more...] about Living Our Values
Archives for February 2012
As it stands now, the Jewish Federations of North America's Global Planning Table is a work of fiction. Maybe it's just that my relatively new Israeliness has made me more aware of the management guff that masquerades as real work in Jewish organized life, but it seems like the GPT so far, over half a year and hundreds of thousands of dollars after its long-heralded launch, hasn't done much beyond sending around paper after paper about the … [Read more...] about The Fictional Global Planning Table
Back in December, eJewish Philanthorpy asked what is Jewish philanthropy? And, why is it so difficult to define Jewish philanthropy today? We invited contributors to join an online roundtable to look at the ever-changing world of Jewish philanthropy in the 21st century. American Jewish World Service shared pieces by Adene Sacks and Dawne Bear Novicoff (What Would Rambam Think About DonorsChoose.org?) and Erika Davis (Everyone is a … [Read more...] about What is Jewish Philanthropy?
from The NonProfit Times: IRS Adjusts Disclosure Requirements As we creep ever closer to tax season, the IRS has announced some changes to its disclosure requirements in an effort to make them easier to understand. The North Bay Business Journal reported today that, in a recently released Jan. 11 memo, the IRS outlined changes to Form 990 for the 2011 tax year. While the changes are relatively small, they are designed to help reduce some … [Read more...] about IRS Adjusts Disclosure Requirements for 990’s
by Raquel Benguiat Participating in Shabbat services at El Patronato, a beautiful synagogue in Havana, Cuba, was the highlight of my last traveling adventure. My experience included chanting Shabbat prayers among dozens of Jewish locals and visitors, weaving in sections in Spanish sparkled with a charming Cuban accent. The services were led by a Cuban young woman and man, and at the end we listened to the array of programs offered to the local … [Read more...] about El Joint in Cuba