NewsBits: Around the Jewish Web
The weekly papers are beginning to hit the Web.
from The Forward:
What Hillel and Chabad have both figured out is that one of the best ways to build Jewish community on college campuses is to host weekly Shabbat meals — and, crucially, to make sure they’re free. Such dinners have proliferated in recent years, with both Chabad and Hillel houses drawing students to break bread together, recite the Jewish prayers, and — the organizers hope — have a positive Jewish experience.
both from The New York Jewish Week:
Birthright alumni are perhaps the greatest hope for the continuation of a diaspora Jewish life, but following up with them is a work in progress, an exercise in trial-and-error producing various creative, interesting opportunities for long-term engagement that may or may not ultimately work.
eJP note: read what a participant had to say – in a story we posted a year ago – about her experiences after returning home, Birthright Day 11.
During this recession, and especially post-Madoff, philosophical questions resonate among us professionals as to our modus operandi, and rightfully so. The Jewish philanthropic world is psychologically debilitated, in a near-catatonic state. Many donors are understandably paralyzed, fearful of the future and reluctant to part with funds, causing a deafening holding pattern. Yet who am I, as a Jewish communal servant, to count others’ money? I have no right.
both from The Los Angeles Jewish Journal:
Far from abandoning him, some 50 of the beneficiaries of his charitable endeavors took up the mantra that has guided his giving.
Chuck Boxenbaum had never made a donation to Birthright Israel — until he was asked. And then he came through with a six-figure gift, making the program that sends young people on a free trip to Israel one of his top funding priorities.
and this, from The Huffington Post (by Jumpstart’s COO Joshua Avedon):
How about a recovery plan by and for America’s third sector economy?