by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Rabbi Amy Feder will become the seventh senior rabbi of Congregation Temple Israel of St. Louis, Missouri, on July 1, 2010, succeeding Rabbi Mark Shook, who is retiring. At the age of 31, she becomes the youngest female Senior Rabbi to serve a large Reform congregation. To gain some insights into her plans, we spoke with Rabbi Feder, who herself is a fourth generation member of Temple Israel. Even though … [Read more...] about A New Young Rabbi Takes the Helm
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The RCA, the rabbinic arm of the Orthodox Union, is the latest recipient of the "Golden Razzie" - awarded as needed to any organization lacking transparency in a big way. Why you may ask does the Rabbinical Council deserve this questionable accolade: they have banned the media from their annual convention currently underway at Young Israel of Scarsdale. They are actually afraid the public may learn of their discussions concerning women's … [Read more...] about The Big Razzie Goes to Rabbinical Council of America
from The Jerusalem Post: AJC, smashed by Madoff, looks for merger A storied 92-year-old American Jewish advocacy group is looking to save its staff and programs from termination by merging with a larger organization, over a year after losing its financial base in the Madoff swindle. ... According to its Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for 2008, its net assets dropped from $16.9m. in 2007 to $3.8m. in 2008. It has spent much of … [Read more...] about Are the AJC’s Talking Merger?
Today's Joshua Venture Group Fellows: Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow by Lisa Lepson After growing up in an Conservative Jewish household in Flatbush, I yearned to discover what lay beyond my limited world. At 18, I left Brooklyn for Brown University, and saw no need to spend much time at Hillel. It was familiar and comfortable, just more of the same. I went to college to explore. When I was a sophomore, I decided I needed to spend a … [Read more...] about Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow
Once he steps down as president of Brandeis, Jehuda Reinharz will become president of the Mandel Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropy that provides leadership to non-profits in the United States and Israel. Morton L. Mandel, foundation chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement Wednesday at a meeting of the foundation's Board of Trustees in Cleveland, Ohio. Mandel, who will continue to lead the foundation, … [Read more...] about Reinharz to Head Mandel Foundation