economy

  • OU floats idea for emergency fund for day schools

    The Orthodox Union is considering creating an emergency fund to help cash-strapped day schools and yeshivas. The OU on Tuesday night floated the idea of collecting a pool of money to help day schools that are in dire financial need at a meeting of representatives from Orthodox schools. It convened the meeting at its Manhattan… More ▸

  • Christian Pilgrims Gather in Bethlehem

    Tens of thousands of Christians have gathered in Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. The worshipers, who will attend midnight Mass Wednesday night in Manger Square, will be protected by 500 Palestinian Authority policemen. More than 1.4 million tourists have visited Bethlehem in 2008, a 55 percent increase over the previous year. Hotels in Bethlehem are almost… More ▸

  • Direct Israel-brazil Flights Set

    El Al will begin direct flights between Israel and Brazil next year. Three weekly flights will link Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo beginning in April. The Israeli airline alsowill offer connecting flights to various destinations in South America, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as other major cities in Brazil. According to… More ▸

  • British Clergyman Bans ‘bethlehem’ Carol

    A British vicar banned the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” from his services following his pilgrimage to the West Bank city. The Rev. Stephen Coulter, who said the carol’s lyrics don’t reflect the current reality in Bethlehem, attacked Israel’s actions in the West Bank, primarily the security wall and the roadblocks. Coulter, from… More ▸

  • Ethiopian Israeli Success Stories Struggle to Find Jobs

    Asaf Negat, 29, made his way to Israel from Ethiopia as an 11-year-old boy, and worked hard to find his way in a new land and speaking a new language. Eventually Negat graduated with a business degree from one of the country’s top universities. But since completing his studies in the summer of 2006, he… More ▸

  • Lasday: For right now, CAJE will not close its doors

    Over the past several weeks, I have heard a number of rumors that CAJE, the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, could possibly be closing its doors. Among other things this would mean that CAJE, the organization that is the primary resource for secondary school and religious school educators, might not hold its annual… More ▸

  • 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 ▸