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
By Rabbi Lee Buckman A few days back was an unofficial national holiday in Israel ... or at least for the majority of parents it was a holiday. It was the first day of school, and parents greeted the return to structure with boundless joy and relief. That’s because many children simply have nothing productive to do during the “chofesh hagadol,” and parents are exhausted from negotiating with their children to take some initiative and do … [Read more...] about It’s time for Jewish Overnight Camps in Israel
37 Israeli nonprofit organizations representing Jewish, Arab Israeli, Druze and Bedouin women to receive funding; grants focus on socioeconomic opportunity, gender equality, minority rights and violence prevention for women. Today The Genesis Prize Foundation and the Morris Kahn Foundation announced winners of the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality grant initiative. A total of thirty-seven Israeli women’s rights organizations serving women … [Read more...] about Genesis Prize Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Israeli Grant Competition Winners Announced