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  • ‘Patriarch’ of the St. Louis community missing, feared dead

    From the St. Louis Jewish Light: The man known as the patriarch of the Jewish community in St. Louis is missing and feared dead at 102 years old. On Monday, two days after witnesses saw an elderly man jumping off the Daniel Boone Bridge and into the Missouri River, the authorities were still searching the river… More ▸

  • Canadian Jewish groups help pass anti-poverty reform

    Jewish groups in Ontario helped enact an anti poverty law in the province, according to the Canadian Jewish News: Jewish groups and other social advocacy organizations are taking credit for helping to make the Ontario government’s Bill 152 — the Poverty Reduction Act — more responsive to community concerns. Specifically, they say that for the… More ▸

  • Manning nominated to become next UJC chair

    According to the Web site of the United Jewish Communities, a nominating committee has tapped Kathy Manning to be the next chair of the umbrella organization of the North American Jewish federation system. Manning, who has served as the chair of the UJC’s executive committee since 2006, would succeed Joe Kanfer and, according to the… More ▸

  • Merger of advocacy groups in New Jersey gets a third partner

    A merger of all of the community relations councils in New Jersey seems to be gaining momentum, as a third council has joined a week-old organization that had combined two of the state’s largest advocacy councils, according to the New Jersey Jewish News. The Community Relations Council of Central New Jersey announced that it would… More ▸

  • UJC brass urging Israel not to end immigration of Falash Mura

    The United Jewish Communities, the umbrella of the North American Jewish federation system, is pressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to end the immigration to Israel of Ethiopian Falash Mura, according to the Jerusalem Post. It is estimated that between 9,000 and 15,000 Falash Mura — Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors converted to Christianity under force… More ▸

  • Two NJ advocacy groups merge, Metrowest federation slashes budget

    In a cost cutting move, the UJC MetroWest’s Community Relations Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Northern New Jersey will merge and form one regional Jewish advocacy group, the New Jersey Jewish News is reporting. The two existing groups, which lobby for Jewish causes in New Jersey’s capital and deal with advocacy of… More ▸

  • CEO of Denver Jewish federation weighs in on Obama’s charitable tax plan

    The Denver Post spoke with several nonprofit officials in Colorado, including the CEO of the Allied Jewish Federation in Denver, Doug Sesserman, about President Obama’s plan to reduce the tax incentive that those making over $250,000 per year get for making charitable donations. The President’s plan, which would lower the tax deduction from around 33… More ▸

  • DC nonprofits leave the United Way for smaller org

    Over the past several months, I have heard some chatter about forming an alternative to the United Jewish Communities and the Jewish federation system. I’m going to say 99 percent of that talk is the stuff of pipe dreams (on their part), but I read an article today story that underscored just how much anything… More ▸

  • Could the future of the BJE in Boston be in doubt?

    There is apparently some concern among the higher ups at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston that the federation there could make moves that would essentially force the dissolving of the BJE. The Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston has been in the process of implementing a strategic plan to revamp how the… More ▸