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  • UJC: Campaign pledges are down

    The 2008-2009 fiscal year for the United Jewish Communities, the north American Jewish federation system, ended June 30. Here are some numbers: In 2008, the combined campaigns of all 144 Jewish federeations brought in $912 million. That is up slightly from the 2007 total of $911 million. The number of donors to the federations fell,… More ▸

  • Fundermentalist in Contact

    Check out the latest edition of Contact magazine, the quarterly publication of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. The issue focuses on the economic downturn and includes writings from Lynn Schusterman, Jonathan Sarna, Bob Aronson, former Forward editor J.J. Goldberg, Mik Moore of Jewish Funds for Justice, Felicia Herman and Shawn Landres and more —… More ▸

  • Forward: Few CEOs of Jewish organizations took salary cuts when laying off staff [UPDATED]

    The Forward’s Anthony Weiss has an excellent story this week about salaries of executives at major Jewish organizations.As the nonprofit world contracts, and organizations everywhere slash payroll through layoffs, the Forward asked who among the professional elite of the Jewish world took pay cuts as they laid off lower level employees. For the full list… More ▸

  • L.A. Times: Day schools in L.A. are in trouble

    Jewish day schools in Los Angeles are in financial trouble, the L.A. Times is reporting. According to the story, there are some 10,000 Jewish kids in L.A. day schools, and about 40 percent of them receive some sort of financial aid. That number is expected to grow dramatically next year, and some schools already are… More ▸

  • Speaking of day school trouble

    A link to this video from the principal of my alma mater, Beth Tfiloh Community Day School in Baltimore, was waiting for me in my inbox when I got to the office this morning. Beth Tfiloh has always been a very well-funded school, and it is connected to one of the wealthiest congregations in Baltimore,… More ▸

  • OU realigns to tackle recession

    The Orthodox Union held a job-placement event that attracted 700 people. It was just one example of the organization’s stepped-up efforts to help its constituents navigate the economic downturn. More ▸