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    Philanthropist E. Billi Ivry dies at 102 E. Billi Ivry, a personal secretary turned stock broker and a major philanthropist, died at 102. Born in 1906 in Grajevo, Lithuania, now Poland, Ivry was the youngest of nine children of Israel and Rebecca Ivry. Her father was in the lumber business in Europe and was a… More ▸

  • Why colleges want more Jews

    That’s the question Inside Higher Ed set out to explore. And the answer, while it might warm Jewish hearts, also trades liberally in stereotypes of Jewish academic and financial prowess. The story quotes Patti Mittleman, the Jewish chaplain at Muhlenberg College, a Lutheran school in Pennsylvania, who was "inundated" with inquiries after a newspaper reported… More ▸

  • Broad Foundation to give $400 million to Harvard-MIT venture

    If you needed further proof that Jewish mega-donors trend toward giving to higher education, check out this scoop from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Eli and Edythe L. Broad will announce this morning that they are pledging $400-million to endow the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, in Cambridge, Mass., a biomedical-research center that is jointly… More ▸

  • Translating the Bible… into Hebrew

    Ha’aretz reports on an effort underway in Israel to translate the Bible into modern Hebrew: In Israel – which was established 60 years ago as the national home of the Jewish people, which “gave the world the eternal Book of Books” (according to the Declaration of Independence), and whose official languages, alongside Arabic, include that… More ▸

  • Feinstein gives to scholarship program, but not to UJA

    Alan Shawn Feinstein, a philanthropist in Rhode Island, is bailing out a scholarship program that went belly up. Feinstein had been giving out $2,000 college scholarships to students through a nonprofit advocacy organization, The Education Partnership. But the partnership went into receivership in June, the Providence Journal reports. Feinstein has offered to pay out the… More ▸

  • No Ross, but parables aplenty at CAJE’s opening plenary

    Joel Hoffman filled in for Dennis Ross as the CAJE conference’s keynote speaker. Dennis Ross was supposed to be the keynote speaker for CAJE’s opening plenary Sunday night. But he called in sick at the last minute, informing conference organizers Saturday night that he would not attend. Nevertheless, CAJE-ians made out pretty well with Ross’… More ▸