Digesting the Jewish media: Day school enrollment is up in Boston, homes for rent in Jerusalem and R

I know, I know, you only want to read about Agriprocessors and the election (or, as I call them, “meat and potato-heads”) but here’s what’s happening in the rest of the Jewish world:

  • Rhoda Weisman, the head of the Professional Leaders Project, talks philanthropy with the L.A. Jewish Journal. She tells the paper why Michael Steinhardt trusts her with his money and says she has the “sexiest job.”
  • The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix has more on Irv Shuman, the philanthropist who was murdered this week in his real estate office.
  • Day school enrollment in Boston is on the rise, says the Boston Jewish Advocate.
  • The Jewish Journal of Boston North touts Teachers to Israel, a Birthright Israel-type program for Jewish educators. Also, the paper notes that even small Jewish organizations are feeling the financial crunch, with the Jewish Federation of the North Shore having to make cutbacks. In laying off three part-time employees, the federation lopped 17 percent, or $75,000, off its payroll.
  • The JNF in San Francisco pushes environmental issues at an eco-farm dinner, says J. The Jewish Weekly of Northern California.
  • The St. Louis Jewish Light reports on a St. Louis man who got into the business of helping inner-city kids through his own experiences as a youth at a Reform synagogue.
  • A Philadelphia synagogue is in danger of being closed because it has been deemed unsafe, says the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. Also, the Jewish federation in Philly is launching an emergency hunger drive.
  • Christmas carols, Chanukah songs and Ramadan tunes are still not kosher in a New Jersey school district after a judge threw out a case charging that the policy was discriminatory, reports the New Jersey Jewish News.
  • New York Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt weighs in on Marc Schneier’s push for an eruv in the uber-posh Hamptons.
  • Americans who own homes they don’t inhabit in Jerusalem should rent out their Israeli places to students, says Bob Sklar, the editor of the Detroit Jewish News.
  • Forget Sarah Palin. The Atlanta Jewish Federation has a new Sr. VP, says the Atlanta Jewish Times.
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