Loose Change: Silverman talks, cuts in Milwaukee and Phoenix and PresenTense to Boston
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Loose Change: Silverman talks, cuts in Milwaukee and Phoenix and PresenTense to Boston

Busy week in the Jewish news, despite the slowdown in the news cycle:

  • Jerry Silverman, who will take over as the top professional at the United Jewish Communities/Jewish Federations of North America in September, spoke with Gary Rosenblatt at The Jewish Week. (I will unpack this further.)
  • And, reports the Jewish Week, the 92 Street Y in uptown Manhattan has caused a stir by deciding to close its library for monetary concerns.
  • DC is going to cut by 60 percent a $250,000 grant for the arts promised earlier this year to the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, and further cuts that could affect the elderly could be forthcoming, reports the Washington Jewish Week.
  • Cuts by the Helen Bader Foundation and the Milwaukee Jewish federation’s decreased campaign have created the perfect storm for Jewish nonprofits in Milwaukee, according to the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.
  • A standoff is simmering at a summer camp run by a Hasidic sect that is defying a mandatory “Order to Evacuate” issued by New York State for numerous safety violations, reports the Forward.
  • The Jewish federation of Greater Phoenix saw its charitable revenue drop by 13 percent and is cutting its budget to keep allocations up, reports the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix.
  • The economy has slowed the Cleveland Jewish Federation’s plans to move, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.
  • The Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston is partnering with PresenTense to bring the group to Boston, reports the Jewish Journal of Boston North. The story first appeared on ejewishphilanthropy.
  • Weddings in Philadelphia have become more modest affairs because of the recession, reports the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. Also, philanthropist Miriam Klein died July 23 at age 93.
  • The LA Jewish Journal takes an eating tour through the dining halls of several Jewish camps and finds more than just bug juice.
  • A New Jersey survivor restored a Polish Jewish cemetery, reports the NJ Jewish News.
  • Jon Corzine has selected Loretta Weinberg as his running mate in the next New Jersey gubernatorial election, reports the New Jersey Jewish Standard. Weinberg, a Madoff victim, would become the state’s first Jewish lt. governor.
  • A Jewish family restores a Lawrence, Kansas, historical landmark, reports the Kansas City Jewish Star.