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  • JDC, Jewish groups, dedicate Haiti’s first modern prosthetic lab

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee officially dedicated the prosthetic lab and rehab center it openened in Haiti prosthetic lab, Wednesday. The clinic, which is the first such modernized facilitiy in Haiti, was a collaborative project with Israel’s Magen David Adom and Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital as well as the Haitian Red…

  • Implosion in Arizona

    If you haven’t noticed, my former JTA-colleague-turned-Wandering-Jew-turned-organic-farmer Ben Harris is back wandering the far flung Jewish world for JTA for the next several months. This week he is in Arizona, where he filed a dispatch about the implosion of the Jewish federation there. Writes Farmer Ben: Adam Schwartz’s office is on the second floor of…

  • Charles in charge at the General Assembly’s close

    To the casual observer, the fact that Charles Bronfman would speak at the most widely attended Jewish philanthropy event of the year shouldn’t be much of a shock. But to longtime observers of the industry, the billionaire’s address at the GA’s closing plenary at least had some interesting subtext. Bronfman was at one time a…

  • In the lions’ den: Federation women cap week in the Big Easy

    About 1,100 of the federation system’s most generous female donors gathered for a post-GA parley in New Orleans.

  • Chabad school DQ’d from Kohl’s challenge for cheating

    In my welcome back from the GA in New Orleans, I’ll share with you a little news that is not so uplifting. The New York Post, citing failedmessiah.com, is reporting that the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights, NY, has been disqualified from the Kohl’s Cares Challenge after allegations of cheating. The school, which was…

  • Guest Post: Did the Jewish Futures Conference present any shared values?

    Monday, The Jewish Education Project (Formerly BJENY-SAJES), JESNA, the Covenant Foundation and several other education groups held a mini-conference at the Jewish Federations’ General Assembly to look at innovations in Jewish education. Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, the founder and president of the social justice group Uri L’Tzedek and the senior educator at Hillel at UCLA attended…

  • Interview with 2010 Jewish Community Hero Award Winner, Jay Feinberg [Video]

    The winner of the 2010 Jewish Community Hero Award, run by the Jewish Federations of North America, was announced at the closing plenary of the organization’s General Assembly. Watch our interview with Jay Feinberg, Founder and Executive Director of the Gift of Life bone marrow donor registry–and your newly minted Jewish Hero.

  • For Jewish federations, decline in donors dwarfs recession woes

    The worst of the recession may be over, but the Jewish federations’ long-term problems remain: an aging donor base and declining fund-raising.

  • Oscar the Grouch, Moishe Oofnik and me

    While 1,500 attendees of the JFNA’s General Assembly were off participating in community service, I had lunch… with Oscar the Grouch and his Israeli counterpart, Moishe Oofnik. Oscar and Oofnik, who opened Monday’s plenary session at the GA were kind enough to meet me (and my former JTA colleague Dan Sieradski) for lunch to talk…

  • Jewish Agency and Joint finally strike funding accord

    Monday at the GA in New Orleans may have been overshadowed by the appearance of Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the sideshow that was the protest against him and the thuggish response to those protestors by some GA attendees, but some significant federation system news appears about to break as the American Jewish Joint…