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  • How did your organization weigh in on Mumbai?

    This week I have a story about Chabad’s efforts to transform the recent Mumbai attacks into an opportunity to spread its message, along with a sidebar about some Lubavitchers being rankled by similar efforts launched by the Israeli orphanage run by an uncle of one of the victims. Of course, in general, it’s become a ritual… More ▸

  • U.S. Jews hear from Jerusalem’s mayor-elect

    Jerusalem’s mayor-elect, Nir Barkat, gave his first talk to a major American audience since he won the mayorship of Israel’s capital last week. Barkat, an Israeli entrepreneur and businessman, is a noted philanthropist who has spent many of his charity dollars on improving education and creating jobs in Israel. According to Startup Jerusalem: Barkat served… More ▸

  • UJC, JAFI and JDC officially thank Eckstein

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, got the thanks from the organized Jewish world that he’s been looking for on Monday at a reception at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly. Eckstein, who started the fellowship 25 years ago, has raised some $500 million from Evangelical Christians to… More ▸

  • Heard and overheard at the LOJ

    Things I’ve heard and overheard at the Lion of Judah Conference: From a UJC professional: Large federations most likely will come through 2008 in fairly decent shape because their fiscal years ended in late summer or early fall. But small federations with campaigns of $3 million or less may be in serious trouble because their… More ▸

  • Fundermentalist on the loose in Israel

    I’ll be in Israel for the next week and a half blogging from three major federation-related conferences: The Lion of Judah Conference of the UJC’s National Women’s Philanthropy in Tel Aviv from Nov.12-16, the UJC’s system wide General Assembly in Jerusalem Nov. 16-19, and the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors meetings Nov. 19-20. If I… More ▸