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  • The Times’ take on the AJWS video

      The New York Times yesterday dissected the recent Judd Apatow directed public service message for American Jewish World Service. The video, which was unveiled at the 70th birthday party for its president Ruth Messinger/lavish fund-raiser for the organization, provides sometimes raunchy slapstick about Judaism from a mix of famous Jewish and non-Jewish A-listers. Apatow,…

  • Winners, pay up! Madoff ‘clawback’ lawsuits going after Jewish groups, others

    Among the Jewish organizations sued by the trustee for Bernard Madoff’s estate are the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center and United Congregations Mesorah. Hadassah and philanthropists Carl and Ruth Shapiro reached settlement agreements.

  • Aaron Listhaus to head Hebrew charter school incubator

    Aaron Listhaus, the chief academic officer for New York City’s Office of Charter Schools, will take over as the head of the Hebrew Charter School Center.

  • Gordon: American Jewish Congress is not facing a clawback

    Despite a published report to the contrary, the president of the American Jewish Congress told The Fundermentalist Monday that his struggling organization is not facing a so-called clawback attempt by the trustee of Bernard Madoff’s estate in an attempt to re-coup money. On Friday, eJewishPhilanthropy posted a report stating that the embattled organization was in…

  • New York City charter school exec to head Hebrew charter school incubator

    The former chief academic officer at New York City’s Office of Charter Schools will leave his post to become the head of the Hebrew Charter School Center, a privately funded group designed to build the Hebrew charter school movement.  Aaron Listhaus spent a year and a half helping to oversee charter schools in New York…

  • Repair the World: New study shows social impact of short-term service learning programs

     Repair the World this morning is set to release a study into the long-term effect of short-term service learning programs such as alternative spring breaks. In the lead up to the report, which will be released in a conference call at 11:30, Repair officials say that they recognized that within the broader service community, skepticism…

  • Zuckerberg among nine new Jewish individuals and families to take the Giving Pledge

    Wednesday, 17 more billionaires announced that they had taken the Giving Pledge, a statement that they intend to give away at least half of their wealth before they die.  The pledge, an initiative started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet, has drawn mixed reviews, with some hailing it as revolutionary and others panning…

  • Steinhardt: I am not retiring from Jewish philanthropy

    Michael Steinhardt, the hedge fund manager turned full-time Jewish philanthropist who spearheaded Birthright Israel, told The Fundermentalist that despite a comment he made at his recent birthday party, he is not retiring as a Jewish philanthropist. According to an Op-ed written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in the Jerusalem Post, Steinhardt, who just turned 70, told…

  • Hadassah to pay back $45 million of Madoff gains

    Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America will pay back $45 million of the money it made in the Bernard Madoff scam.

  • Hadassah to pay back $45 million of Madoff gains

    Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America will pay back $45 million of the money it made in the Bernard Madoff scam. Hadassah President Nancy Falchuk in a letter Thursday told the organization’s supporters of the settlement reached by the group with the trustee of Madoff’s estate. The organization, which began investing with Bernard Madoff…