• Steinhardt: I am not retiring from Jewish philanthropy

    Michael Steinhardt, the hedge fund manager turned full-time Jewish philanthropist who spearheaded Birthright Israel, told The Fundermentalist that despite a comment he made at his recent birthday party, he is not retiring as a Jewish philanthropist. According to an Op-ed written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in the Jerusalem Post, Steinhardt, who just turned 70, told… More ▸

  • Is Steinhardt retiring from Jewish philanthropic life?

    According to this Op-ed in the Jerusalem Post by Shmuley Boteach, Michael Steinhardt, the hedge-fund manager who famously quit his job to become a full-time Jewish philanthropist, is now going to retire from Jewish communal life. We do not have any confirmation on this, but according to Boteach, Steinhardt, who has spent more than $100… More ▸

  • Bob Aronson (Contact): What I’ve learned about raising money from Jews

    The spring issue of Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life enlists a dozen of the foremost thinkers on Jewish philanthropy to talk about the state of fund raising. With the Steinhardt Foundation’s permission, The Fundermentalist will republish over the next two weeks pieces from the likes of the foundation’s president, Bob Aronson,… More ▸

  • Steinhardt’s right on non-Orthodox day schools

    To the Editor: Mr. Steinhardt and the author of this article are speaking two different languages. Reform and Conservative Sunday schools do not leave students with a even a basic level of Jewish literacy. The Conservative day schools are way below par. How many 15-year-old Solomon Schechter students can study a page of Talmud or… More ▸

  • Non-Orthodox day schools merit support

    Thanks to Elaine Cohen for such an excellent response to Mr. Steinhardt’s comments. We all appreciate the many wonderful things Mr. Steinhardt has financed and worked for, but this time he has caused hurt to fellow Jews. If you look at the graduates of non-Orthodox day schools, you will see many committed, knowledgeable Jews dedicated… More ▸

  • Good God: Steinhardt no longer an atheist?

    After following Michael Steinhardt closely for three years (for a yet-to-be-published lenthy profile examining his mischievous streak), I thought I had heard it all from him. Until Tuesday night. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New… More ▸

  • Michael Steinhardt Joins Board of JDC-Taub Center

    Michael Steinhardt has joined the board of the JDC-Taub Center for Social Policy. The center, founded in 1982 by American the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, provides the country’s leading policy makers and general public with overarching socio-economic perspective, together with long-term strategic analyses and appraisals of policy options in the economic and social spheres,… More ▸

  • As Jewish Agency gets set to reform, Steinhardt and Nevzlin speak out

    The public politicking over the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency has picked up today, as the organization’s board of governors meetings get underway. The agency has been caught in the crossfire between Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, who essentially wants to appoint his political ally Natan Sharansky as its head, and U.S. Jewish philanthropists who want… More ▸

  • Adapting to the recession: The Birthright Israel Foundation

    In an effort to become a better resource to nonprofits, The Fundermentalist will keep a running update on what organizations are doing to adapt their fund-raising strategies in the recession. We are putting these strategies out there for you to consider for your own organization. And if your organization has tried something new or is… More ▸