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  • Major Liberal Groups Avoid Rapping Obama on Warren Pick

    Unifying the country requires reaching out to those with whom you disagree. That’s what a couple of top Jewish leaders are saying about Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing-in next month. Others in the community, however, say the president-elect’s choice is a disappointing kickoff to his administration. Critics… More ▸

  • Lasday: For right now, CAJE will not close its doors

    Over the past several weeks, I have heard a number of rumors that CAJE, the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, could possibly be closing its doors. Among other things this would mean that CAJE, the organization that is the primary resource for secondary school and religious school educators, might not hold its annual… More ▸

  • Aronson to Guide Birthright Israel Foundation

    The outgoing leader of one of the country’s largest Jewish federations will head the Birthright Israel Foundation, the foundation announced. Robert Aronson, who announced this fall that he was stepping down as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit after 20 years at its helm, will take over as president and CEO of… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Leaders Approve Major Cuts, Push Reform Plan

    Officials at the Jewish Agency for Israel are saying a $40.5 million budget cut and a radical restructuring ultimately will provide a major boost to its campaign to reorganize and expand its efforts beyond aliyah. The agency’s cuts from its $300 million core budget next year will include sweeping reductions in programs throughout the world… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish Agency nixes Birthright funding cut The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel nixed a plan by its budget committee to cut its allocation to Birthright Israel by $1 million. The agency, which concluded its board meetings in Jerusalem on Thursday night, passed $45 million in cuts to its core budget for… More ▸

  • Before Leaving Office, Olmert Addresses U.S. Jews

    In a normal year, an address by the Israeli prime minster would be treated as the centerpiece of a gathering of American Jews, especially one being held in Jerusalem. But the context of Ehud Olmert’s appearance at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly on Sunday was anything but normal. Olmert, who… More ▸