American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

  • On Jewish identity

    In his column in this week’s New York Jewish Week, Gary Rosenblatt weighs in on the recent stress between the Jewish Federations of North America and the two overseas partners of the Jewish federation system, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The background: The two overseas partners are perturbed by the declining dollars… More ▸

  • Masorti Movement: Synagogue in Concepcion destroyed in Earthquake

    According to the Masorti Olami, the Masorti synagogue in Concepcion was destroyed in the earthquake that rocked Chile this weekend.  The head of the Masorti Movement, Rabbi Tzvi Graetz, has been circulating an email stating that the walls were cracked, the roof caved in. “’In Concepcion, close to the epicenter of the earthquake, Rabbi Angel… More ▸

  • Where to give for Haitian relief

    Check out my story in today’s JTA about the North American Jewish community’s outpouring of support for Haiti. I’ll get you started: NEW YORK (JTA) — The Haitian earthquake has been a major fund-raising boon at the Krieger Schechter Day School in suburban Baltimore. The Jewish elementary school normally collects about $200 per week from… More ▸

  • Relief agencies: Early outpouring of dollars for Haiti are critical

    While physical relief efforts have been slow in reaching Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake to hit the beleaguered country, the monetary response to the Haitian has been furious thus far, which will be critical to the long-term relief effort, say humanitarian aid experts. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, U.S. relief organizations… More ▸

  • JDC cuts staff overseeing nonsectarian work:

    A significant portion of recent cuts to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s staff have come from its division that carries out its nonsectarian work. The JDC’s executive committee recently approved significant budget cuts, including $1 million in personnel cuts. Around 20 percent of those cuts will come from the organization’s International Development Program. The… More ▸

  • JDC: No deal on allocations split

    Judging from the positive feelings at the GA, local federations are happy with Jerry Silverman, the new CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America. But it looks like the peace and euphoria lasted all of 48 hours, as the long-running tensions between the federation system’s two overseas organizations have resurfaced. For the past 18… More ▸

  • Michael Steinhardt Joins Board of JDC-Taub Center

    Michael Steinhardt has joined the board of the JDC-Taub Center for Social Policy. The center, founded in 1982 by American the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, provides the country’s leading policy makers and general public with overarching socio-economic perspective, together with long-term strategic analyses and appraisals of policy options in the economic and social spheres,… More ▸

  • JDC faces tough choices at board meetings

    From the Fundermentalist newsletter: On Sunday and Monday, the JDC’s board of trustees will gather at the Helmsley Hotel in New York City to decide on next year’s budget. They must make serious budget cuts primarily, the JDC says, because of drastic reductions in the allocations it receives from local Jewish federations via the Jewish… More ▸

  • Ruderman Foundation and Boston federation work on special needs ed

    When looking at how the Jewish communal world can dig out of its financial hole, some groups are eyeing existing infrastructure to build something new. Jay Ruderman, the chairman of his family’s foundation, said he never had been involved with the federation system until his family decided six years ago to start a foundation focused… More ▸