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  • Eckstein makes interesting PR move

    Interesting development at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews: The group has eliminated the position of communications director, responsible for media relations and PR. This is not a budget-related layoff, according to a source close to the situation. The IFCJ, which raises millions of dollars a year from the evangelical community to support Israel… More ▸

  • Och to become next Birthright Foundation chair

    Daniel Och will become the chairman of the board of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Och, ranked No. 317 on the Forbes 400, which was published in September, will take over for Susie Gelman, who has held the position since 2004. The Birthright Foundation is the entity through which all money from private donors flows into… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency, Facing Budget Crunch, is Buoyed by Olmert’s Ideas

    Comparing the challenge of overcoming his agency’s financial woes with the ancient Israelites’ struggle to enter the Promised Land, the chairman of the Jewish Agency’s budget committee tried to sound an upbeat note. “We can do it,” Shoel Silver told the agency’s board of governors Tuesday. Nobody said it would be easy. The Jewish Agency… More ▸

  • JDC-Jewish Agency deal falls through over ORT funding

    The Fundermentalist has learned that a deal between the Jewish Agency and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee over how the two organizations split the money they get from the United Jewish Communities fell through last week – essentially because JDC does not want to fund World ORT anymore. The Joint and the Jewish Agency… More ▸

  • Comings and goings: Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

    The country’s largest Jewish-focused foundation, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, which has about $2.3 billion in assets and gives away more than $110 million per year, has hired two new program officers. Amy Kleine will focus on grants addressing the issues of workforce development, homelessness, and hunger. Alycia Steinberg will focus on grants addressing… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency powwow this month

    The Jewish Agency will hold its Board of Governors meetings at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, June 22-25. The 121-member board, which meets three times a year in Israel, has several important issues on its agenda, according to Jewish Agency insiders. Primarily, the Agency board will take a hard look at its budget. The Agency,… More ▸

  • Educators Learn Ways to Welcome Glbt Jews into the Community

    Let’s say you get a memo from work, a Jewish organization, instructing you to leave home any part of your identity that doesn’t conform to Jewish tradition. Sure, there’s room for interpretation. But let’s just say you’re gay. Or lesbian. Or transsexual. And you’re pretty sure you get the subtext. Then what? This was one… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Oxford, England held it first-ever Israeli cultural street fair. The main attractions in the British university town’s fair included a group of camels, belly dancers, stalls offering Israeli food and a miniature Western Wall on which visitors could place personal notes that were to be sent to the real wall in the Old City of… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Gershom Sizomu will become the first officially ordained rabbi of Uganda’s Abayudaya Jews. Sizomu, like his father and grandfather before him, has served as the isolated African community’s spiritual leader. After five years of study at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish Universtiy in Los Angeles, he will become a Conservative… More ▸