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  • Republican power puts federations in tough spot

    In the lead up to the Jewish federation system’s General Assembly in New Orleans,  Jim Besser elucidates  in the New York Jewish Week what is a growing concern among federation officials in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections that saw the House of Representatives taken over by Republicans. Republicans are sure to push for steep tax…

  • The PEJE conference, the DIY take on day schools and Woocher speaks out

    Marketing Jewish day schools: The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, an organization that raises money and provides consulting services for Jewish day schools, held its annual conference this week, drawing some 700 day school principals, directors and development officers to the Hilton in downtown Baltimore. Sad to say, I could make it to Charm…

  • Avi Chai intensifies day school mission

    At the annual conference of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education in Baltimore last week, the executive director of the Avi Chai Foundation, Yossi Prager, announced two new partnerships the foundation has forged to help the day school field. Avi Chai, which will spend down nearly $700 million over the next 10 years, is…

  • At Tulane, using Jewish studies to grow Jewish life

    Tulane is one of 12 universities involved with a grant program to expand Jewish studies. At the New Orleans school, it also has given a boost to Jewish life on campus.

  • Fund raising down significantly, Phoenix federation cuts half of its staff

    In light of significantly down fund-raising numbers, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix laid off half of its staff last week. The federation, which has seen its annual campaign dip by more than $1 million from last year laid off 8 of its 15 staff members, including the heads of its communications department, women’s philanthropy…

  • Bloggers’ Alley

    Because you asked… In this past week’s newsletter, I mentioned that the JFNA would have what they are calling “Bloggers Alley” at next week’s General Assembly (Nov. 7-9, New Orleans.). A number of folks have emailed asking exactly what that is, and sadly I could not answer. Ask and you shall receive. It seems that…

  • Federation’s GA offering big names but reaching out to young

    The Jewish federation system is set to kick off its annual General Assembly in New Orleans with an eye toward figuring out how to reach those not typically associated with Jewish federations, especially young Jews.

  • Guest Post: Jonathan Woocher questions relevance of Jewish education system

    Inventing the Jewish Future by Dr. Jonathan Woocher "The future is already here.  It’s just not evenly distributed." William Gibson "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." — Alan Kay In a couple of weeks, some 400 participants at the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly will spend several hours diving into…

  • Forward 50 heavy on philanthropists and nonprofit leaders

    The Forward this morning released its latest Forward 50, its annual list of whom it deems are the 50 most influential American Jews. Check out the list here at The Forward. If you’re just looking for the names the philanthrophile might need to drop today, here they are: Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder who gave…

  • Are Jewish groups shirking the special needs?

    The Jewish Funders Network and philanthropist Jay Ruderman Wednesday gathered about 125 Jewish philanthropists and nonprofit officials for a day-long conference dedicated to getting the Jewish world more involved in causes to help the disabled.  Advance: The Ruderman Jewish Special Needs Funding Conference, held at the Random House building in midtown Manhattan, drew a who’s…