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  • Federation politics beget Israeli politics

    For the second week in a row a report has surfaced that a top official at one of the overseas arms of the North American Jewish federation system will most likely enter Israel’s political arena. Last week, the Jerusalem Post reported that the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Zeev Bielski, was seeking an… More ▸

  • What the heck is a social entrepreneur?

    I spent Monday at the “Social Entrepreneurship and New Leadership Development Consultation,” a mini conference about social entrepreneurship in the Jewish community that was run by JESNA, the Lipman Kanfer Institute and the UJC. About 120 funders, federation system officials and those who are “social entrepreneurs” spent the day at Columbia University’s Kraft Center to… More ▸

  • Where’s the celeb love for Jewish charities?

    Since the New York Times Magazine ran Natalie Portman’s mug on the cover of its money issue in March, which featured a story about celebrity influence on giving, it seems that the charitable world has gone a bit TMZ. The phenomenon is legit enough that the Chronicle of Philanthropy held an interesting online panel discussion… More ▸

  • Wexler adds his two cynical cents to UJC chief’s resignation

    The UJC’s president and CEO, Howard Rieger, last week announced that he would not seek another term in office after his contract expires a year from now. Many federation execs and observers with whom I have spoken think Rieger performed admirably in a job that, beyond being thankless, is in some eyes seen as impossible… More ▸

  • Sources: UJC’s Rieger to step down

    The president and CEO of the United Jewish Communities will not seek another term in office after his current term is up in August 2009, the Fundermentalist has learned. Howard Rieger took over the top professional position at the umbrella organization for the North American Jewish federation system in 2004, after spending more than two… More ▸

  • Olmert responds to UJC’s plea to intervene in conversion crisis

    Ehud Olmert has apparently responded to a letter earlier this month from the leaders of the United Jewish Communities in which they asked the prime minister to intervene in the conversion crisis in Israel. The UJC’s chair, Joe Kanfer, and president and CEO, Howard Rieger, had sent the prime minister a letter July 9, imploring… More ▸

  • UJC to move offices

    The United Jewish Communities, the umbrella organization of the North American Jewish federation system will be moving its offices, according to a memo posted on the organization’s Web site. The UJC’s Board of Trustees approved a move to 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan, the July 9 memo, calling the move a “unique opportunity that takes… More ▸

  • Eckstein makes interesting PR move

    Interesting development at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews: The group has eliminated the position of communications director, responsible for media relations and PR. This is not a budget-related layoff, according to a source close to the situation. The IFCJ, which raises millions of dollars a year from the evangelical community to support Israel… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency powwow this month

    The Jewish Agency will hold its Board of Governors meetings at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, June 22-25. The 121-member board, which meets three times a year in Israel, has several important issues on its agenda, according to Jewish Agency insiders. Primarily, the Agency board will take a hard look at its budget. The Agency,… More ▸

  • After school vo-tech training for at risk kids

    The UJC also took its media tour to check out some programming in the Negev… As JAFI spokesman Jacob Dallal told us, in a nutshell, Sderot is pretty depressing and the Negev is the future of Israel – so they wanted our trip to end on a Zionist upbeat. Net@ was among the more interesting… More ▸