As we posted several hours ago, the JTA sent an ill-advised fundraising solicitation letter out to its newsletter readers. OK, they need money - what nonprofit doesn't today. But, the JTA took aim at the blogging world by saying “Without a strong JTA, the storytelling will be left to bloggers, twitters, and non-professionals. Is this the best way for our future Jewish stories to be told and recorded?” Now the JTA has a huge PR headache on … [Read more...] about The Power of Blogs (Bloggers)
Yesterday - in a widely circulated news story - Rupert Murdoch, who owns one of the few U.S. newspapers that makes people pay to read its news on the Web, said more papers will have to start doing the same to survive. Today, the JTA sends out an email titled "What does this service mean to you?" and asking newsletter readers to pay $50. to become a member. Is this a prelude to the JTA following the practice of other publications including … [Read more...] about I’m Sure It Is Only a Coincidence, But…
We all know the Federation world is hurting. Atlanta, Cleveland and New York, to name a few, have announced highly publicized down-sizing. Even with last summer's lay-offs, many Federations have been pressuring the UJC to further cut their budget beyond the planned 10%. Some Federations have called for a 50% reduction. Yesterday, shortly before the end of the business day, UJC's Howard Rieger had this to say in a memo to employees: "On April … [Read more...] about What Will Be at UJC
from The Forward: The Politics of Rescue "It was Maimonides who said that there is no greater religious duty than pidyon shevuyim, the redemption of captives, an injunction with deep biblical roots and plenty of historical illustrations. This obligation fueled the movement to free Soviet Jews and undergirds the contemporary Israeli impulse to strike lopsided deals and embark on military campaigns to redeem its soldiers. It’s the reason … [Read more...] about Departure from Yemen: An Editorial
Are Tax Changes A Concern? by Robert I. Evans & Avrum D. Lapin Seemingly, not just the U.S. government is undergoing significant change these days. The world of (Jewish) philanthropy could be looking at a major transformation as well. Proposals to change the federal tax deductibility on charitable donations for individuals in top tax brackets may be one major issue that could challenge the existing paradigm. But amidst all of the … [Read more...] about Is Jewish Philanthropy in a Seismic Shift (#1)?