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  • Gore thanks Jews for ‘battles for justice

    Vice President Al Gore may not know how to pronounce Hebrew words, but he knows how to tailor a speech to a Jewish audience. “I want to thank you for your daily battles for justice,” he told the roughly 5,200 delegates at a meeting of Israelis and Jewish

  • Birthright Israel experiencing labor pains

    NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (JTA) — The Greek goddess Athena sprang fully formed from the head of Zeus, but Birthright Israel, the brainchild of two Jewish philanthropists announced with a flourish last November, is being created according to a more mortal trajectory. A year ago in Jerusalem, Seagram Company executive Charles Bronfman announced the plan…

  • Racism’ guides Israel’s treatment at U.N.?

    NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (JTA) — America’s ambassador to the United Nations says Israel’s treatment at the world body amounts to racism. “The only way to explain the consistent discrimination toward Israel,” Richard Holbrooke said last week, is a “deep, subliminal, but undeniable hostility that verges on — and I apologize, but I cannot find…

  • Kosher Sex’ author appears with Hindu guru

    NEW YORK, Nov.10 (JTA) — Leaning casually on the lectern in the ornate sanctuary at the Park East Synagogue, Dr. Deepak Chopra seemed comfortable. But Monday’s appearance on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where Chopra appeared on a double bill with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, was the Hindu healer’s first time speaking in a synagogue. Introduced to…

  • UJC to unveil game plan in Atlanta

    NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (JTA) — Mandy Patinkin ends his Yiddish version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with an exhortation: “Play Ball!” By the time the popular performer takes the stage on the last night of the United Jewish Communities’ General Assembly next week, the 3,200 delegates and 2,000 volunteers expected to…

  • Israeli universities draw spirited giving

    NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (JTA) — High up on the list of America’s top philanthropies rank premier schools and universities: Harvard, Emory, Stanford, Columbia and Duke. Yeshiva University is there, too, as is Brandeis University. They are listed as No. 193 and No. 238 in this year’s “Philanthropy 400” — the roster of the nation’s…

  • Jewish philanthropies make ‘top 400

    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (JTA) —A strong economy revved up philanthropic giving last year — and Jewish philanthropies were among the beneficiaries. Some 27 Jewish organizations made it into the Philanthropy 400, the annual listing of America’s most popular charities, which is compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a biweekly newspaper of the nonprofit world….

  • Philanthropists put money where their mouths are

    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (JTA) — A coalition of Jewish philanthropies is putting its money where its mouth is. An advertisement signed by 11 Jewish foundations calls on Jews to speak respectfully to one another in public, in accordance with Jewish tradition. The group brings together some of the biggest names in philanthropy – including…

  • Jesse Jackson: Blacks, Jews need economic ties

    NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (JTA) — A leading voice for civil rights says blacks and Jews need to build on their “coalition of conscience” to establish economic ties between the two communities. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking at Yeshiva University in New York on Wednesday, reflected on a history of shared struggles for civil rights,…

  • Should Arafat be honored by a Jewish group?

    NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (JTA) — Reports that North America’s central Jewish philanthropic and social service organization had considered honoring Yasser Arafat with a prestigious award have raised eyebrows across the Jewish world. The United Jewish Communities is denying reports that it had made preparations to present its Isaiah Award to the chairman of the…