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  • Hurricane Irene strikes Vermont, spares Saul Bellow’s burial ground

    Repair the World has issued a call to action to help communities affected by Hurricane Irene. Among the many volunteer and tzedaka opportunities, the Repair bulletin specifically mentions the Jewish community of Brattleboro, Vermont by name. JTA readers might be interested to know that Nobel Prize-winner Saul Bellow is buried in Brattleboro at the Jewish cemetery, Shir Heharim.  [[READMORE]]… More ▸

  • Sandy Cardin says foundations should stay socially responsible during downturn

    The head of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Sandy Cardin, preaches financial and social responsibility through these tough financial times in an Op-Ed for Ha’aretz. Most philanthropic foundations are invested in conservative stocks and have relatively safe portfolios, he says – because they have learned from past economic turbulence. It is now up… More ▸

  • Finally, word from one of the last Jews of Burma

    After not hearing anything for about two weeks, the Fundermentalist finally received word from Sammy Samuels. The young Jewish man from Myanmar, and a graduate of Yeshiva University, lives in New York, where he works as the head of information technology for the American Jewish Congress. But after Cyclone Nargis tore apart the country, he… More ▸