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  • Silverman to start a little early

    It appears that Jerry Silverman will be starting at his job a few weeks earlier than expected. He was set to take over for Howard Rieger as the president and CEO of the United Jewish Communities/Jewish Federations of North America on Sept. 30. But according to the following email from the incoming UJC chairperson, Kathy… More ▸

  • The UJC will give $25k to one of your Jewish Community Heroes

    The UJC: Jewish Federations of North American wants to know who are your living Jewish heroes, and the organization might give one of them $25,000. The umbrella organization of the federation system is asking the Jewish community and those associated with the federation network to nominate Jews who are involved in charitable work to be… More ▸

  • Greensboro News: New UJC top lay leader likes to make souffles

    The Greensboro News and Record has a lengthy profile on Kathy Manning, who is slated to take over this fall for Joe Kanfer as the top lay leader at the United Jewish Communities/Jewish Federations of North America. Manning, 52 and a Greensboro resident, will become the first woman to hold the position since the UJC… More ▸

  • JTA: Who will get Obama to speak to the Jewish community?

    My colleague Eric Fingerhut has a story about Jewish groups vying to get the President to address their conferences. He says the UJC may be the safest bet among the alphabet soup: Perhaps the politically safest option would be the United Jewish Communities General Assembly, the annual gathering of leaders of the North American Jewish… More ▸

  • Jewish groups vie to land Obama as speaker

    Yes, it was probably nice to be one of the 14 organizations invited to send a representative to last week’s White House meeting with President Obama. But which group will be the first to win the big prize: landing the president as a keynote speaker. More ▸

  • Nevzlin to be international chair of the GA

    The UJC/Jewish Federations of North America has named ex-Russian oligarch Leonid Nevzlin, who now lives in Israel, as the international chair of its annual General Assembly, which will be held in Washington, D.C., in November. Nevzlin is becoming more involved in the federation system and its overseas activities apparently. In June, just before the executive… More ▸

  • JDC faces significant budget crunch

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is facing a significant budget shortfall, according to recent communications from its CEO, Steven Schwager. Schwager wrote to his board in his July 7 newsletter with some good news — that the organization had been selected as a 4-star charity by the online charity evaluator, But this apparently… More ▸