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Digesting the Jewish news: Jewish orgs seek Far East donors, it’s too expensive to die, and Andy nee

After a slow couple of weeks, the Jewish papers made a comeback with some interesting fare:

  • Jewish charities have found a new funding source: Expatriate Jews now living in the Far East, according to the New York Jewish Week.
  • Don’t die. It’s just too expensive to get buried these days, reports the L.A. Jewish Journal.
  • Six of the 10 Washington-area charities receiving grants from the Office of Homeland Security for security upgrades are Jewish organizations, reports the Washington Jewish Week.
  • A new Jewish day school grows in Madison, reports the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. (A Fundermentalist tip to the Madison Community Day School: When providing the local Jewish paper with a head shot of your new Head of School, try to find one that makes him look less scary.)
  • Speaking of scary, the Baltimore Jewish Times reports that several of the benefactors of the Fundermentalist’s alma mater, the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School, are suing the heck out of each other over a failed real estate deal involving the school. The school is already suing one of those benefactors for $25 million over the botched deal. If the school needs to rename anything, may I suggest “The Fundermentalist Chapel.”
  • The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, L.A.’s oldest Reform shul, is trying to raise $100 million, the Forward reports.
  • The David Project has a new leader, according to the Boston Jewish Advocate.
  • Only one Jewish organization in Ohio received faith-based government money this year, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.
  • A JCC camp in St. Louis used part of its summer to collect some 2,000 cans of food for an ailing food pantry, the St. Louis Jewish Light reports.
  • Please add New Jersey Jewish News editor Andy Silow Caroll as a Facebook friend. He is feeling a little Facebook lonely.