Those in the nonprofit Jewish world, particularly the stewards of large communal donor advised funds such as those run by the Jewish federations across the country, would do well to demonstrate to the public, and to their elected officials, all the good that these billions of dollars bring about. by Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin As Americans approach the looming April 15th personal income tax deadline, we take our yearly scan of proposed … [Read more...] about Show Me the Money: Proposed Tax Law Changes, Donor Advised Funds, Philanthropic Intent and the Role of Government
by Ross Kasper and Bryan Schwartzman Most Sundays, about 100 worshipers show up for Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, an ornate structure built in the 1890s that sits across the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But last Sunday, at least 400 people filled the pews nearly to capacity. Once upon a time, this trendy, gentrified neighborhood was a working class, Irish-Catholic community. Now, on a Sunday in the neighborhood, … [Read more...] about Mass Mob
by Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin “Don’t worry America, Israel is behind you.” The popular t-shirt bearing this slogan usually features a print of an F-16 jet and is ubiquitous at souvenir shops along Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street. How’s this for a new slogan, “Don’t worry overburdened American Jewish parents, the government of Israel will help fund your children’s Jewish day school education.” Sound crazy? Maybe, but the idea has generated … [Read more...] about “Billions For Education?” Should the State of Israel Be a Funder of Day School Education in the Diaspora?
by Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin “He who pays the piper gets to call the tune.” This old proverb has nearly always been true, except of course, when it has not. Sometimes, the piper just goes ahead and plays what he thinks people want or need to hear. In so many fields - journalism, advertising, politics, medicine, art, literature - there has been a long-standing tension between what the professionals view is for the best and what funders … [Read more...] about What Donors Want and What the Community Needs: A Balancing Act
by Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin In the weeks since the mid-December 2013 Biennial of the Reform Movement, there’s been plenty of discussion about how synagogues can develop new, more effective methods to make themselves more welcoming and accepting. At the same time, finding new and/or different approaches to attracting more households to affiliated congregations are (hopefully) uppermost in the minds of leaders and have become a major focus … [Read more...] about @URJ Biennial, Jay Ruderman: “Disabilities Is a Civil Rights Issue”