Where Love and Charity Meet: Add Something Meaningful to Your Valentine's Day by Stephanie Stein So today is Valentine's Day - the holiday of love. Chocolate, teddy bears, candy hearts, diamonds and red roses abound ... everywhere you turn, someone is trying to sell you a package of love wrapped in a bow at an exorbitant price. But what if you could, in a real way, use Valentine's Day to strengthen the love between you and your mate? Is … [Read more...] about Where Love and Charity Meet
Excerpted from an editorial in The Jewish Week: Helping Jews Fight Fair How are we to respond when Jewish cultural institutions are accused of hurting Israel’s cause by presenting exhibits, films or performances critical of particular aspects of the Jewish state’s policies? These complaints have been heard of late from a small but vocal number of critics of the JCC in Manhattan and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, two institutions with … [Read more...] about We Have All Lost
by Chaim Katz Just recently, I read an interesting report about the planned closure of several major Jewish philanthropies in the US. According to the data provided, by the year 2020, approximately $2 billion dollars in philanthropic funds will no longer be available for disbursement to Jewish organizations and causes in the US and Israel. The reason behind this reduction has nothing to do with the financial downturn of many investment … [Read more...] about Is Jewish Philanthropy on the Ropes?
by Stephen Muss I recently read in eJewish Philanthropy about the wonderful, exciting announcement of extraordinary support for Birthright by the Israel Government. I congratulate those who were responsible for this recognition of what Birthright has done - 300,000 college age students to spend 10 days in Israel for free, all included, with a concentrated exposure to Israelis and Israeli life. It’s important to bring to light the fine … [Read more...] about The Other Right of Birthright
by Jay Ruderman I’ve traveled from my home in Israel to L.A. this week to attend the North American Jewish Day School Conference, the foremost gathering for day school professionals across the many modes and denominations of Judaism. It was well worth the trouble. Sponsored by the Solomon Schechter Day School Association, RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, the Institute for University-School Partnership at Yeshiva University, … [Read more...] about We are at an Important Moment in Special Needs Advocacy