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  • Rakitt choice to become head of Washington federation

    Federation hire: The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is coming closer to hiring as its CEO Steve Rakitt, the longtime top executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, but the process is not yet complete, the Washington federation’s president told The Fundermentalist. Rakitt, whose name has been swirling around federation circles in recent days,… More ▸

  • How some federations used the recession to transform themselves

    It is the GA’s focus on younger participants and the high-profile guest list of speakers that have given this year’s conference a tremendous cache, but the federation folks here are still very much dealing with what everyone hopes is the aftermath of the recession. The system’s higher-ups say that they believe the worst is over…. More ▸

  • Forward 50 heavy on philanthropists and nonprofit leaders

    The Forward this morning released its latest Forward 50, its annual list of whom it deems are the 50 most influential American Jews. Check out the list here at The Forward. If you’re just looking for the names the philanthrophile might need to drop today, here they are: Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder who gave… More ▸

  • JDC partners with UNICEF in Haiti

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is partnering with U.S. Fund for UNICEF to create open spaces for children in Haiti as the island country recovers from last winter’s devastating earthquake. The JDC will give $240,000 to support UNICEF’s Child Friendly Spaces program, which builds safe and protective environments throughout Haiti for children who have… More ▸

  • Boston federation gives $2.1 million to boost day schools

    The Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston will give $2.1 million towards an initiative to help families afford tuition at Jewish kindergartens, according to The Boston Globe. Writes the Globe:  The Discover Day School Initiative will provide financial aid to families earning up to $250,000 annually, but who may not be able to afford the average… More ▸