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  • UJC brass urging Israel not to end immigration of Falash Mura

    The United Jewish Communities, the umbrella of the North American Jewish federation system, is pressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to end the immigration to Israel of Ethiopian Falash Mura, according to the Jerusalem Post. It is estimated that between 9,000 and 15,000 Falash Mura — Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors converted to Christianity under force… More ▸

  • UJC lays off another 31

    It looks like there were 31 more layoffs at the United Jewish Communities last week, as the umbrella organization for the Jewish federation system enacted an 18 percent budget cut (see our post from March). We should have more details soon (waiting for confirmation, call back from UJC). The layoffs were first reported on the blog… More ▸

  • UJC to black out its Web site for Yom Hazikaron

    The United Jewish Communities, the umbrella organization of the Jewish federation system, will be blacking out its Web site Tuesday, in honor of Israel’s Memorial Day. The homepage at ujc.org will redirect to a black screen with the words “Two minutes of silence in commemoration of Yom Hazikaron, because words cannot express our gratitude.” With… More ▸

  • Sharansky nomination rankles some Jewish Agency lay leaders

    Sorry it’s been a little slow on the blog the last couple of days. Been working on this story: NEW YORK (JTA) — Israel’s prime minister has nominated former Soviet dissident and close political ally Natan Sharansky for the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Once that would have made him a shoo-in for… More ▸

  • JPost Editorial: Jewish giving is about setting priorities

    In reaction to budget cuts at federations and the UJC, the Jerusalem Post says in an editorial that the Jewish philanthropic world has to get its priorities straight. The general sentiment is that the community is stretched thin in the pocket right now because Americans need to balance domestic and overseas needs and poverty and… More ▸

  • UJC takes step towards more layoffs and budget cuts

    After initially tellling JTA it wanted to cut its budget by 10 percent, the UJC’s budget committee decided yesterday to cut it by 18 percent, including 31 layoffs: NEW YORK (JTA) — Under pressure from the federations that it serves, the United Jewish Communities took a step toward implementing an 18 percent budget cut that… More ▸

  • UJC takes step towards more layoffs, budget cuts

    Under pressure from the federations that it serves, the United Jewish Communities took a step toward implementing an 18 percent budget cut that will include significant layoffs — the second time this year the organization will be forced to enact major personnel cuts. More ▸