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  • Joint names new president

    The Joint has named a new president, Dr. Irving Smokler. Smokler, who is from Boca Raton, takes over for Judge Ellen M. Heller of Baltimore. Here is the release: JEWISH PHILANTHROPIST, DR. IRVING SMOKLER ELECTED AS NEW PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE (JDC) NEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 8, 2008—Dr. Irving Smokler of Boca… 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 ▸

  • JDC taps new head for Israel social policy center

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has named Dr. Dan Ben-David the director of its Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. The center is an independent social economic think tank that analyzes and develops macro-level policy alternatives. Ben-David, who started at his new post Nov. 1, replaced Professor Yaakov Kop, who had headed… 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 ▸

  • Digesting the Jewish news: A billion for Brandeis, Israel’s losing fiscal war, and change in Milwauk

    Looks like we’re still in the midst of the summer slowdown, but these nuggets from the Jewish media are still worth checking out: Israel’s 41-year-old economic war against the Palestinians has failed, says the Forward. Brandeis University is embarking on a $1.2 billion fund-raising campaign, making it the youngest university ever to seek more than… More ▸

  • JDC shows up on Russian list of organizations suspected of fraud

    A holding company set up by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was included on a Web site set up by the Russian State Tax Authority that named potentially fraudulent organizations, according to the Forward. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Real Estate Company, an offshore company set up in Cyprus to oversee the Joint’s… More ▸

  • Teach a man to farm

    It’s always nice when stalwart Jewish organizations reach out to the broader world and help out the broader human community. So … I enjoyed getting a press release from the Jewish National Fund announcing that it plans to pitch in at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village. The village in Rwanda was founded last year by… More ▸