Barry Shrage

Peter Beinart and Boston Federation Head Spar Over Birthright

04/05/2012

Peter Beinart and the president of the Boston Jewish federation sparred over Birthright Israel during a public event at Harvard University.

Beinart, already in the news for calling for a boycott against Israeli settlements, slammed the travel program that has brought hundreds of thousands of young Jews to Israel.

Steven M. Cohen Promotes "Meaningless Jewish Associations"

Regular readers of this blog know that I have, on more than one occasion, criticized sociologist Steven “Intermarriage Is The Greatest Threat” Cohen. But to tell you the truth I’m starting to feel a little sorry for the guy.

While I doubt he cares about my blog missives, and while there is of course something noble about sticking to your opinions even when they are no longer fashionable, Cohen, who is a professor at Hebrew Union College and director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive, seems to be increasingly out of step with the non-Orthodox American Jewish community. 

For Jewish Federations, Decline in Donors Dwarfs Recession Woes

11/09/2010
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 3,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.

The view expressed by many top officials was that after two years of a tough recession, the worst is over.

Community Bracing For Post-Election Perfect Storm

Voter fears of big government, deficit could lead to dramatic service cuts; confluence of issues clouds GA.

11/03/2010
Washington Correspondent

A Jewish federation system that was beginning to recover from the deepest recession in postwar history could be facing a new perfect storm in the wake of this week’s congressional elections and a tidal wave of voter unhappiness about big government and a runaway federal deficit.

New Yorkers at the polls Tuesday.
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