We have learned that due to the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, President Obama will not be able to attend the GA. President Obama sent his regrets, but explained he will be attending a memorial service at Fort Hood this Tuesday, Nov. 10, when he was originally scheduled to address the GA. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will address the GA in his place. … [Read more...] about GA Update: Obama Will Not Be Attending
The American Jewish Scene
Ruth Eglash in The Jerusalem Post: JCC president: Diaspora groups must reform to weather storm The organized Jewish community in the Diaspora must make critical structural changes in order to make it through the current economic crisis, Allan Finkelstein, president of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, told The Jerusalem Post... Finkelstein presented his blueprint for the organized Jewish world Wednesday at the … [Read more...] about JCC Head: “We need to change the rules of engagement”
At a meeting earlier this week, the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion approved a plan for its future. Titled “A New Way Forward,” the plan charts a five-year process based on attaining financial sustainability, sustaining academic excellence and maintaining geographic presences in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York. It provides a vision for the College-Institute as the intellectual, spiritual and … [Read more...] about Memo to HUC: What Are Non-Core Real Estate Holdings?
Jane Eisner and Devra Ferst writing in The Forward: Despite notable gains for women in the past year, a Forward survey of 75 major American Jewish communal organizations found that fewer than one in six are run by women, and those women are paid 61 cents to every dollar earned by male leaders. The numbers are especially striking when compared with the overall composition of the Jewish communal work force. Women comprise about 75% of those … [Read more...] about Forward: Jewish Women Lag Behind Men in Promotion and Pay
Back in August, UJC/Federations of North America launched the Jewish Community Heroes Awards. The initiative - the largest-ever Jewish social-networking effort - was designed to recognize, and honor, individuals who are bettering their communities through service and outreach. The awards were designed so nominations could be made by anyone with Internet access. And when the process closed, over 400 were nominated and 500,000 votes were … [Read more...] about What Makes a Community Hero?