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  • American Technion Society finishes $1 billion campaign

    The American Technion Society announced Monday that it had completed a 14-year $1 billion fund raising campaign for the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, despite the difficult economy over the past two years. The campaign, which was topped off by a recent $20 million gift from Nancy and Stephen Grand was only 8 months behind schedule,… More ▸

  • Taking the pulse of Reform development directors

    Taking the pulse of Reform development directors: Last year was a difficult one for Reform synagogues, but the development directors at some of the country’s congregations appear to be feeling optimistic and are looking toward recovery, according to several who took part in a conference in New York this week. Reform Synagogue Development Professionals is… 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 ▸

  • UJC to black out its Web site for Yom Hazikaron

    The United Jewish Communities, the umbrella organization of the Jewish federation system, will be blacking out its Web site Tuesday, in honor of Israel’s Memorial Day. The homepage at will redirect to a black screen with the words “Two minutes of silence in commemoration of Yom Hazikaron, because words cannot express our gratitude.” With… More ▸

  • Pinksy plays piano pitches Jewish nonprofit

    This might be the best pitch for a philanthropy during hard times I have seen. figured out the formula: One National Poet Laureate, one Casio keyboard, a silly song and an honest pitch for money. Now if we could only get Robert Pinsky to play the bongos for JTA. Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style… More ▸

  • How did your organization weigh in on Mumbai?

    This week I have a story about Chabad’s efforts to transform the recent Mumbai attacks into an opportunity to spread its message, along with a sidebar about some Lubavitchers being rankled by similar efforts launched by the Israeli orphanage run by an uncle of one of the victims. Of course, in general, it’s become a ritual… More ▸