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Digesting the Jewish News:Y.U. has a big deficit, new Jew publications are failing and homeless in L

Here’s what’s happening in the Jewish news during the holiday season:

  • Yeshiva University will trim its budget but will not make huge rollbacks to deal with a $24 million budget deficit that is in part due to expansion over the past several years and is exacerbated by the economy, reports the New York Jewish Week. The paper also reports that in the Big Apple, the working poor have borne the brunt of the market downturn.
  • New Jewish publications started over the past 10 years to much fanfare have had to close shop recently because of the economy, reports the Forward. And the elderly have seen their savings hit hard by the meltdown.
  • The L.A. Jewish Journal looks at homelessness on Skid Row during the holiday of Sukkot.
  • Leaders at the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey are planning a strategy to deal with the economic downturn, reports the New Jersey Jewish Standard.
  • The Southeastern division of the Jewish National Fund has generated $3.3 million in 2008 to help make the Negev desert bloom – an increase of $600,000 over the previous year – reports the Atlanta Jewish Times.
  • The Jewish Community Foundation of Cleveland gave a $10,000 grant to help Ohio’s food banks, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.
  • Philly residents have tried to help Galveston, Texas, recover from Hurricane Ike, reports the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent.
  • A 13-year old Schechter student in New Jersey and others have raised $250,000 to fight diabetes by running in road races and marathons, reports the New Jersey Jewish News.
  • Domestic abuse often comes in the form of financial abuse, reports the Washington Jewish Week.
  • A Jewish neighborhood in Milwaukee has been hit with a spate of robberies, according to the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.