Bronfman

  • New Slingshot-style book highlights Jewish innovation in Europe

    A low-profile group of international foundations and philanthropists has published a Slingshot-type book to highlight innovative Jewish projects in Europe. The book, called Compass (available for download here), features profiles of 36 organizations in the former Soviet Union and Europe divided into three different focus areas: innovation, infrastructure, and culture & identity. The organizations were… More ▸

  • Adapting to the recession: The Birthright Israel Foundation

    In an effort to become a better resource to nonprofits, The Fundermentalist will keep a running update on what organizations are doing to adapt their fund-raising strategies in the recession. We are putting these strategies out there for you to consider for your own organization. And if your organization has tried something new or is… More ▸

  • Stay tuned

    Guest post by Editor Man – from Park City, Utah It may be a few days, but I’ll be back with more posts about the Bronfman conference. More ▸

  • The Adam and Wayne show

    Guest post by Editor Man – from Park City, Utah We spent most of the day at Temple Har Shalom, Adam Bronfman’s shul. The congregation is 13-years-old, but just opened its own building (today I am a full-fledged synagogue). The first session – “Rethinking Jewish Collectivity – was led by David Myers, the director of… More ▸

  • Hot and cold

    Guest post by Editor Man – from Park City, Utah Things got hot and cold last night, at the after-dinner session. By cold I mean… cold. The first two panel discussions were held outside, against a stunning, mountainous backdrop. In the afternoon it was great, but the temperature drops drops from the mid 80s to… More ▸

  • The world (sans America — or even a Canadian!?!)

    Guest post by Editor Man – from Park City, Utah The first panel discussion, titled “Between Religious Extremism and Secularism: The State of Global Jewish Identity,” features Avrum Burg, lapsed Zionist; Judith Liwerany, director of the Graduate School of Political and Social Sciences at the University Mexico, and Shmuel Trigano, a sociology professor at the… More ▸

  • Why be Jewish (in Utah)?

    Guest post by Editor Man from Park City, Utah I’m sitting in Park City, Utah at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, overlooking some beautiful mountains. Why? I was invited to take part/cover (can I do both?) the second annual “Why Be Jewish?” gathering put on by the Samuel Bronfman Foundation. My first thought, as the conference… More ▸

  • Condensing the alphabet soup

    The Boston Foundation released a report today stating that non-profits employ some 14 percent of the workforce in Massachusetts. In light of challenging economic times, the Boston Globe reports, some foundation officials are quietly suggesting that non-profits with similar missions merge, pool resources and cut overhead. The Fundermentalist is wondering which Jewish organizations you would… More ▸

  • Olmert takes advantage of Birthright mega event

    One night of fireworks. Renting an amphitheater for 7,500. One staged shtick that involves a helicopter display. A hundred member dance troupe. Cost: Somewhere around a few hundred thousand dollars, according to the head of the Birthright Israel foundation, Jay Golan. Watching one Israeli prime minister currently in the political gallows for alleged underhanded dealings… More ▸