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new-website-icon-150x150Adam Dickter blogging in The New York Jewish Week:

When The Levee Breaks (Or, When The Levys Go Broke)

The din has turned into a roar.

People who once quietly murmured about the tuition crisis are now shouting. Many who once casually flirted with the idea of putting their children in public school are filling out the paperwork.

In the best economic times it was difficult for Jewish families to find $30,000-$40,000 to educate their kids Jewishly full-time. Now it’s become the Herculean task that some are staring to see as Sisyphean.

the following are from The Jerusalem Post:

Gov’t rejects proposal to stop checking Falash Mura for aliya

The Interior Ministry will continue examining the eligibility for immigration of some 3,000 Falash Mura after the cabinet agreed Wednesday night to revise a section of the 2009 Economic Arrangements Bill aimed at canceling a previous decision on the matter because the Treasury believes the process to be too costly.

However, while the current government also added a specific timeline for the controversial community aliya from Ethiopia, advocates for Falash Mura immigration stopped short of calling the turnaround a victory because there are still thousands of people waiting anxiously in Gondar for permission to come to Israel.

NIS 100m. pledged to bail out NGOs

The government on Wednesday night pledged an additional NIS 70 million in aid aimed at bailing out the country’s non-profit sector.

An interministerial committee was then tasked with the goal of creating such a package within 30 days – in order that the funding be included in the 2009 budget.

Brown’s wife honors unique J’lem cancer clinic in London

The wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has for the first time committed herself to become the honorary patron of a non-British charitable organization – Hala, the Rachel Nash Jerusalem Comprehensive Breast Clinic.

Hala, founded and directed by Rabbi Michoel Sorotzkin, is a “one-stop shop” for women suspected of having breast cancer. The clinic, which was established by The Nash Family Foundation and became Israel’s most advanced breast cancer detection and diagnostic center, is now marking the milestone of 100,000 women who have been examined there since its founding in 1997.