American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

  • Ruderman Foundation and Joint form $6 million partnership to help those with special needs in Israel

    Monday, The Ruderman Family Foundation officially launched a $6 million partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Israeli government to help better serve Israel’s nearly 700,000 special needs citizens. The Ruderman family made a decision when it started six years ago to focus on the special needs community, and has spent millions… More ▸

  • JDC, Jewish Agency mull more cuts

    The blog was quiet yesterday because I was working on this: NEW YORK (JTA) — The North American Jewish federation system’s overseas partners are warning of a brewing financial crisis facing the organized Jewish community in the former Soviet Union. Steven Schwager, the chief executive officer of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and Irv… More ▸

  • JDC faces significant budget crunch

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is facing a significant budget shortfall, according to recent communications from its CEO, Steven Schwager. Schwager wrote to his board in his July 7 newsletter with some good news — that the organization had been selected as a 4-star charity by the online charity evaluator, charitynavigator.org. But this apparently… More ▸

  • Jewish nonprofits make Charity Navigator’s Top 10 lists, some for good some for bad

    Charity Navigator just published its annual Top 10 lists, and Jewish nonprofits showed up on several of the rankings, including “Top 10 Charities with consecutive 4-star ratings” and “Top 10 charities drowning in administrative costs.” (No Jewish organizations showed up on the list of “highly effective charities with low paid CEOs.”) Some Jewish charities fared well:… More ▸

  • The Joint had limited exposure to non-Madoff fraud

    Corrected: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee had limited exposure to a fraud separate from that of Bernard Madoff, the organization found while investigating whether it had been exposed to the  Madoff scandal, according to a letter the organization sent to its board members. After poring over its $280 million in holdings, the organization’s investment… More ▸

  • How did your organization weigh in on Mumbai?

    This week I have a story about Chabad’s efforts to transform the recent Mumbai attacks into an opportunity to spread its message, along with a sidebar about some Lubavitchers being rankled by similar efforts launched by the Israeli orphanage run by an uncle of one of the victims. Of course, in general, it’s become a ritual… More ▸

  • Joint names new president

    The Joint has named a new president, Dr. Irving Smokler. Smokler, who is from Boca Raton, takes over for Judge Ellen M. Heller of Baltimore. Here is the release: JEWISH PHILANTHROPIST, DR. IRVING SMOKLER ELECTED AS NEW PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE (JDC) NEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 8, 2008—Dr. Irving Smokler of Boca… More ▸