NewsBits: Friday Lite
A few odds and ends appearing in this week’s Jewish media:
from an editorial in The New Jersey Jewish News:
Last month the president of the American Jewish World Service, the Jewish “Peace Corps” that does humanitarian work throughout the Third World, threw a log onto a burning debate about Jewish priorities. Lumped under the general category of “peoplehood,” the stakes are these: Should Jewish philanthropy and service focus narrowly on the needs of the Jewish people, or be devoted to tikun olam – the pursuit of universal social justice?
from The Baltimore Jewish Times:
Local agency leaders are teaming up to confront embarrassment as they try to coax more people to use their services.
from The Washington Jewish Week:
“There’s never going to be a one-size-fits-all Jewish community,” Ford said. “To pretend that we can cater to all young adults from one menu is reductive and insulting. … Part of the reason why WDCJCC is on Twitter is because we want to be part of that conversation; we know we don’t reach everybody.”
and this, from The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
The Ford Foundation is offering buyouts to one-third of its 550 employees to reduce expenses and avoid cutting its grant making.
The move is the latest in a series of efforts by the foundation, the second largest in America, to trim its costs following an almost 30-percent drop in assets last year. The percentage decline in its endowment, which currently is about $9.1-billion, is similar to the decline many other foundations have experienced.
“We did substantial savings and belt-tightening, but unfortunately the economic environment remains really volatile,” said Marta L. Tellado, the organization’s vice president of communications.