By Rabbi Yael Buechler Sukkot is an annual reminder of transitions - as the leaves begin to change colors and a cool breeze sets into the air. It often feels as if the weather is giving us a chance to take a deep breath after the intensity of Rosh HaShanah and Yom … [Read more...] about Putting the Joy into Sukkot and Simchat Torah on Zoom
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 … [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 … [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 overbu … [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 - jou … [Read more...] about What Donors Want and What the Community Needs: A Balancing Act