This past year has been a dramatic one for most non-profit organizations, and professional staff members and volunteer leaders have learned a great deal about sustaining their organizations during the last 12-14 months. At the same time this most unusual period has enabled the leadership of voluntary organizations to adjust the way they have worked. Let’s take a look at some of the more salient lessons from 2009, as it offers us a “Guide for … [Read more...] about The Lessons of 2009 Are Guides for 2010
It has been an especially grueling year for anyone who works in the news industry - maybe even more so for those who work for Jewish newspapers in communities all across the country. As Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of The Jewish Week, put it in his column this past summer, "The combination of the national economic meltdown, the trend among younger people away from print journalism and the 'original sin' of news organizations making … [Read more...] about 2010: The Tipping Point for Jewish Newspapers?
by Richard Pearlstone Many in Jewish organizational leadership have followed a path suggesting that they have the answer to “how to recreate the Jewish world.” They assume that (1) there is such thing as THE Jewish World and (2) some group of people will be able to recreate it. I disagree with these assumptions and I believe that acting on these assumptions will actually keep us from meeting the challenges of this moment. There is no single … [Read more...] about Recreating the Jewish World
Campaign represents the largest collective philanthropic effort ever undertaken for a single cultural institution in the State of Israel The Israel Museum in Jerusalem today announced a $12m gift from Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel through the Mandel Supporting Foundations. This gift marks the completion of the Museums' $100m capital campaign to support the comprehensive transformation of its 20 acre campus. The Mandel gift supports the … [Read more...] about $12m Mandel Gift Completes Israel Museum’s $100m Capital Campaign
by Robert I. Evans & Avrum D. Lapin With the United Nations-sponsored international summit on climate change in Copenhagen capturing worldwide headlines, we questioned how American Jewish organizations and their donors are responding to growing environmental challenges. In heeding the often heard slogan “Think Globally/Act Locally”, are environmental concerns attracting attention in the Jewish community? How do Jewish donors and leaders … [Read more...] about When Will the Jewish Community Truly Go “Green”?