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  • 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 ▸

  • Fundermentalist on the loose in Israel

    I’ll be in Israel for the next week and a half blogging from three major federation-related conferences: The Lion of Judah Conference of the UJC’s National Women’s Philanthropy in Tel Aviv from Nov.12-16, the UJC’s system wide General Assembly in Jerusalem Nov. 16-19, and the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors meetings Nov. 19-20. If I… More ▸

  • Weinberg Foundation puts temporary halt on accepting requests for grants

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