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  • 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 ▸

  • Inside the Nextbook-JDub partnership

    When this recession took hold, we hypothesized that nonprofit organizations would meet one of several fates: Some older, well established organizations would survive based on their history and strengths, some old and new would die, some would survive on donor affinity and sentiment, and others would figure out how to tread water without moving forward. … More ▸

  • Boston Biz Journal: Hebrew College struggles continue

    The Boston Business Journal is reporting that the Boston Hebrew College is still facing significant financial difficulties and is considering taking on a strategic business partner. (Hat Tip to Penny Schwartz) From the BBJ: “The college is not up for sale,” Hebrew College President Daniel Lehmann said in a telephone interview. But Lehmann acknowledged the… More ▸

  • JDC faces tough choices at board meetings

    From the Fundermentalist newsletter: On Sunday and Monday, the JDC’s board of trustees will gather at the Helmsley Hotel in New York City to decide on next year’s budget. They must make serious budget cuts primarily, the JDC says, because of drastic reductions in the allocations it receives from local Jewish federations via the Jewish… More ▸

  • Giving in England is down

    The recession is not just hurting charity here, it is also affecting giving overseas. According to a recent study, giving in England is down 11 percent this year, reports The London Telegraph. John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: "Even though there are welcome signs the recession is technically ending, the economic… More ▸

  • More on financial woes at day schools and synagogues

    The Jerusalem Post has a bit more on the fate of day schools. While several schools have closed, others are looking for creative ways to survive. NEW YORK – As schools across America opened their doors for the new academic year this month, in a corner of Orange County, California, the Morasha Jewish Day School… More ▸

  • Sun-Times: Synagogues in Chicago grapple with High Holiday seat prices

    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg has a piece today about the catch-22 that synagogues find themselves in annually this time of year. The High Holidays are here and synagogues often look to cash in by selling high-priced seats for their services, as most synagogues see more than a 60 percent increase in attendance at least… More ▸