WUJS Arad, established in 1968 to provide a one year pluralistic program in Israel for recent college grads, is now history. At a meeting this past Sunday night, the Hadassah WUJS Arad Company voted to permanently close the program in Arad later this summer. Young Judaea is currently in the process of re-engineering the program to open in Jerusalem during September. WUJS Arad has enjoyed a long history and a sterling reputation. The … [Read more...] about WUJS Arad Bites The Dust
In a front page article in today's Jerusalem Post, it seems there is a possible deal in the works to settle the very public, and not so nice, feud between the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B'Nefesh. It's all about ego, influence, posturing and money. Yup; basically cold hard cash, prestige and bragging rights. JAFI, the quasi-government body responsible for Aliyah, plays a part in facilitating the process for all potential Olim world-over. NBN, … [Read more...] about Remember the Olim
The American based Jewish Funders Network came to town this past week, but you'd never know it. You see, the community of Israeli philanthropists participating in the Conference put a noose around the JFN's neck and held them hostage. They told the JNF they "suffer at the hands of Israeli gossip columnists" and pushed the JNF team against the wall. The sessions were closed to the media; a 180 degree turn from the JFN's normal … [Read more...] about Israeli Philanthropists: Afraid of Transparency
The City is particularly quiet this morning; especially for a Friday. Despite the glorious early summer weather, the normal hustle and bustle of pre-Shabbat is missing. Almost like Jerusalem woke-up today wrapped in a cocoon. Police and the IDF are visibly in abundance; the City is devoid of horn-honking drivers. Actually, it is somewhat devoid of cars in general. Kikar Zion, the regular Friday gathering place for the thousands of 'gap … [Read more...] about Murder in Jerusalem; the morning after
The phrase made famous during the 1992 Presidential campaign; perhaps it will take center stage again this Fall. In the meantime, the American economic climate appears cloudy. As those involved in the world of philanthropy, we know this could have a significant downward effect on both donations and investment income for our organizations. In an Op-Ed in last week's Forward, Jeffrey Solomon, the creative and insightful President of the Andrea and … [Read more...] about It’s The Economy…..