by Dr. Steven M. Cohen Jews Within In the sixty plus years that have elapsed since the founding of the State of Israel, profound changes have taken place in Israel, in American Jews’ relationship with Israel, and in American Jews’ identities. With regard to the latter, two major changes are among the most salient and influential. One is the enormous change in the integration of Jews into the larger American society. As compared with just … [Read more...] about Changes in American Jewish Identities Since 1948: From Norms to Aesthetics
Last week, The Jerusalem Post published a story, Gov’t may fill Jewish Agency’s coffers, that suggested "For the first time, the government is considering becoming a direct funder of the Jewish Agency." The story continued, "According to a government source, the Finance Ministry is preparing to contribute up to $12 million toward the shortfall. While Finance Ministry officials oppose the plan, the order to make the funds available came from the … [Read more...] about The Jewish Agency, the Government and the $12 million
by Robert Singer The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming… the title of the Jewish Federations of North America GA workshop is a playful take on the American patriot Paul Revere’s legendary midnight warning of the approach of King George’s troops. In the case of this year’s GA, this phrase ends fittingly appropriate: “wait, they are here”. Indeed, the gears at this year’s GA have started to shift dramatically. With Leonid Nevzlin … [Read more...] about The Emerging Russian-Jewish Presence
by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Following last Friday’s posting, “Saying Thank You in the Social World”, we felt compelled to elaborate on the importance of this subject and how non-profits should be incorporating donor recognition into their fundraising program. No two words have created as much consternation today for nonprofits as “thank you.” This is a topic that is always important, and punctuated during the difficult economic … [Read more...] about Have Non-Profits Forgotten to Say “Thank You”?
by Sarah Kass Who can forget December 11, 2008? On the day Bernie Madoff was arrested, millions if not billions of (Jewish) philanthropic dollars went up in smoke. Since then, surviving Jewish philanthropists have rearranged their investment strategies and surviving Jewish nonprofits have rearranged their donor bases. As we approach the first anniversary of that day, we remember the devastation and think about how it has changed us. It is … [Read more...] about Skin-In-The-Game Commitments