The Shema Prayer, this year's theme of the second annual Global Day of Jewish Learning, to be held this Sunday, November 13th, opens with six seemingly small words - words that carry within each segment of each letter a declaration of the bond, principles and identity of the Jewish people. "For the Jewish people, the Shema is a call, a slogan, a sign of identification and an expression of great emotions," says Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz as he … [Read more...] about Reminder: Global Day of Jewish Learning is Sunday
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Just in time for the opening of the Jewish Federations annual GA, long-time Chicago lay-leader Richard Wexler has relaunched his critical blog, UJ Thee and Me with posts on the proposed Global Planning Table: from Fool's Gold: The proposed Global Planning Table, now coupled with a meaningless even destructive "Second Membership Criterion," is Fools' Gold, a cryogenic chamber in which the hopes of the federations for something/anything from … [Read more...] about Is Collective Responsibilty a Thing of the Past?
Sarah Y. Eisenman and Shauna Waltman have been honored with the 2011 Young Professional Award of the Jewish Communal Service Association. The Award, the most prestigious for young professionals in Jewish community service, will be presented during the upcoming Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Denver. Eisenman, Director of Next Generation and Service Initiatives, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and … [Read more...] about 2011 Young Professional Award Winners Announced
In the aftermath of the earthquake in eastern Turkey, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has begun collecting funds for relief efforts. Responding to initial reports of hundreds of deaths and wide-spread building collapse, JDC is working with its local partners - including Turkey's Jewish community - to ensure the victims' immediate needs are addressed. JDC's past humanitarian interventions in Turkey have included the … [Read more...] about Fundraising Efforts Begin for Turkish Earthquake Victims
According to Crain's New York Business, fundraising for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee jumped 7.1% to $240 million last year. Fundraising slump continued in 2010 The country's biggest charities saw a 3.5% jump in gifts to a total of $70.3 billion last year, but much of the gains were in the form of product donations. For nonprofits that depend primarily on cash donations, giving was flat, according to The Chronicle of … [Read more...] about JDC Fundraising Soars 7.1%