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  • JTA: Who will get Obama to speak to the Jewish community?

    My colleague Eric Fingerhut has a story about Jewish groups vying to get the President to address their conferences. He says the UJC may be the safest bet among the alphabet soup: Perhaps the politically safest option would be the United Jewish Communities General Assembly, the annual gathering of leaders of the North American Jewish… More ▸

  • Sharansky speaks

    New York Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt got the first lengthy interview with Natan Sharansky, since the ex-Soviet dissident was selected as the new chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Sharansky, who has turned down numerous interview requests from JTA over the past month, faces a daunting task in assuming the top… More ▸

  • Nevzlin to be international chair of the GA

    The UJC/Jewish Federations of North America has named ex-Russian oligarch Leonid Nevzlin, who now lives in Israel, as the international chair of its annual General Assembly, which will be held in Washington, D.C., in November. Nevzlin is becoming more involved in the federation system and its overseas activities apparently. In June, just before the executive… More ▸

  • JDC faces significant budget crunch

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is facing a significant budget shortfall, according to recent communications from its CEO, Steven Schwager. Schwager wrote to his board in his July 7 newsletter with some good news — that the organization had been selected as a 4-star charity by the online charity evaluator, But this apparently… More ▸

  • It’s official: Jerry is in at UJC. Full story.

    Here’s the story: NEW YORK (JTA) — The umbrella organization of the North American Jewish federation system has hired Jerry Silverman, a key player in raising tens of millions of dollars for Jewish summer camps, as its next president and CEO. Silverman has been tapped to take the reigns at the United Jewish Communities, which… More ▸

  • N.Y. federation campaign falls 11 percent

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The country’s largest Jewish federation announced that its 2008-09 fund-raising campaign dropped 11.5 percent from the previous year. UJA-Federation of New York said it brought in $136 million, down from $153.7 million. Its announcement comes after the umbrella organization for the federation system, the United Jewish Communities, announced last week that… More ▸

  • UJC: Campaign pledges are down

    The 2008-2009 fiscal year for the United Jewish Communities, the north American Jewish federation system, ended June 30. Here are some numbers: In 2008, the combined campaigns of all 144 Jewish federeations brought in $912 million. That is up slightly from the 2007 total of $911 million. The number of donors to the federations fell,… More ▸

  • Fundermentalist in Contact

    Check out the latest edition of Contact magazine, the quarterly publication of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. The issue focuses on the economic downturn and includes writings from Lynn Schusterman, Jonathan Sarna, Bob Aronson, former Forward editor J.J. Goldberg, Mik Moore of Jewish Funds for Justice, Felicia Herman and Shawn Landres and more —… More ▸