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  • 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 ▸

  • UJC, JAFI and JDC officially thank Eckstein

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, got the thanks from the organized Jewish world that he’s been looking for on Monday at a reception at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly. Eckstein, who started the fellowship 25 years ago, has raised some $500 million from Evangelical Christians to… More ▸

  • JDC taps new head for Israel social policy center

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has named Dr. Dan Ben-David the director of its Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. The center is an independent social economic think tank that analyzes and develops macro-level policy alternatives. Ben-David, who started at his new post Nov. 1, replaced Professor Yaakov Kop, who had headed… More ▸

  • Where’s the celeb love for Jewish charities?

    Since the New York Times Magazine ran Natalie Portman’s mug on the cover of its money issue in March, which featured a story about celebrity influence on giving, it seems that the charitable world has gone a bit TMZ. The phenomenon is legit enough that the Chronicle of Philanthropy held an interesting online panel discussion… More ▸

  • Digesting the Jewish news: A billion for Brandeis, Israel’s losing fiscal war, and change in Milwauk

    Looks like we’re still in the midst of the summer slowdown, but these nuggets from the Jewish media are still worth checking out: Israel’s 41-year-old economic war against the Palestinians has failed, says the Forward. Brandeis University is embarking on a $1.2 billion fund-raising campaign, making it the youngest university ever to seek more than… More ▸