NewsBits: More From Around The Jewish Web

Some (non-JAFI or GA related) items appearing recently on other Web sites you may find of interest.

from The Jerusalem Post:

Independent minyanim growing rapidly, and the Jewish world is noticing

There appears to be widespread agreement that the minyanim provide an avenue of engagement for what sociologists increasingly describe as a new developmental stage: the post-college and pre-marriage period, when many young Jews often fall off the communal radar..

But in creating communities with no rabbinic leadership, and where participants are unlikely to affiliate in traditional ways-through synagogue membership, for instance, or by donating to federations-the minyanim pose particular challenges to existing communal structures.

from The New York Jewish Week:

Leviev Woes Threaten Russian Schools

The largest system of Jewish schools in the former Soviet Union appears to be in danger of collapse as its main benefactor, Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, makes major cutbacks in funding to the Or Avner Foundation network. Leviev, who reportedly pumped some $20 million a year into the Or Avner system, is facing severe financial reverses to his international business empire due to the world economic crisis.


Emerging leaders Congregate in Manhattan Before Largest-Ever Shabbaton

An exclusive group of emerging leaders at college campuses across the world kicked off the largest-ever weekend event hosted by the Chabad on Campus International Foundation.