With an annual budget of approximately $750 million, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is certainly one of the major players in the Jewish world. However, with a significant portion of their budget coming from the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the organization is mainly off the radar screen of all but their service partners and program recipients. Since 1952, and as a result of … [Read more...] about Claims Conference Chair Honored
JDC/American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
by Yoram Dori Va’ahavta lare’echa kamocha (“Love your neighbor as yourself” - Leviticus 19:18) is one of the golden rules in the Bible. It is also one of the basic precepts on which I and thousands of others like me were brought up from childhood. Sometimes I had the feeling that it was another brick in the wall of self-assurance that we are, indeed a chosen people - different from others - somehow better and more ethical. A recent Limmud … [Read more...] about Loving Your Neighbor
an editorial from The Jewish Daily Forward The old way of collecting and disbursing money from American Jews to Israel and other communities overseas has finally collapsed under the weight of philanthropic trends and communal distrust. That historically beloved bureaucracies have lost their attractiveness to donors is not just a Jewish story - across the giving landscape, it is no longer enough to send contributions to a central clearinghouse … [Read more...] about Where Goes the Collective?
by Nathan Roi The Hebrew writer, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, who won Israel’s first Nobel Prize (for literature in 1966) was born in 1888 in the small Ukrainian town of Buczacz in the province of Galicia. He visited the town again after the First World War in 1930, 22 years after he had left Buczacz via Odessa to Jaffa in 1908. His monumental novel, Oreach Nata Lalune - “A Guest for the Night” was published on April 7, 1939, five months before the … [Read more...] about Helping Holocaust Survivors in Odessa
As Israeli fundraisers go, Harry was a legend. His solicitation skills were well above average. He was the guiding force in establishing and raising money for a major new Jerusalem project. And when a prospective donor would ask Harry how their donation would be used, he would place his arm around the shoulders of the questioner, bring them close, and respond, “trust me”. There was a point in time when nothing more than "trust me" was … [Read more...] about The Jewish Federations’ Big Gamble