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  • Loose Change: Shuls cut costs, B-school for rabbis

    Sorry that it’s been a few weeks since my last roundup. But now that the G.A. and my other traveling is over, Loose Change is back. And it looks like the recession is still on: With congregational rabbis forced to do more fund raising due to the tanking economy, Northwestern University has started a program… More ▸

  • Gates Foundation says its grantmaking will slow

    This might be the last piece of evidence that we need to show that this economic downturn is going to hit the nonprofit world, and hard. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is going to scale back its grantmaking over the next year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. From the Chronicle: Due to the… More ▸

  • More Evidence of a King David-era Fortress?

    Under a sky of darkening clouds on a hill above the valley where tradition says David and Goliath did battle, the archeologist Yosef Garfinkel triumphantly rests his hands on a 10-ton limestone rock, part of a newly discovered second gate to an ancient fortified city he is unearthing. Garfinkel sees the massive gate, the largest… More ▸

  • Jerusalem Elects Secular Mayor

    The apparent victory of a secular businessman in Jerusalem’s mayoral elections was greeted with relief by Israelis concerned about the increasing Orthodox character of the city. Early exit polls Tuesday showed Nir Barkat, a city councilman and high-tech entrepreneur, leading the fervently Orthodox candidate, Rabbi Meir Porush, by several percentage points. The other viable candidate… More ▸

  • Weinberg Foundation puts temporary halt on accepting requests for grants

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  • Rough Campaign Takes Toll on Mccain’s Image

    When John McCain stopped in New York one Tuesday in October 2007 to make his pre-primaries pitch to a room full of Jewish bigwigs, he spent virtually all his time discussing foreign policy — but only after an emotional introduction from James Tisch that focused less on policy than the character of the presidential candidate… More ▸

  • With Jerusalem on the Precipice, Mayoral Election Seen As Crucial

    It sounds like the beginning of a joke: A rabbi, a Russian oligarch and a high-tech millionaire are running for mayor of Jerusalem. Except there’s no punch line, just each of them offering up himself as salvation for the hallowed capital’s many troubles. Many Jerusalemites view this year’s municipal elections, scheduled for Nov. 11, as… More ▸

  • UJA raises $43 million at Greenberg dinner

    The UJA-Federation of New York was able to raise $43 million at its annual Greenberg dinner on Thursday Sept. 25 – an increase of $2 million over last year. That the UJA was able to actually increase its total should probably not be taken as a sign that the philanthropy world is surviving the financial… More ▸