Sunday, January 18th, 2009
While the givers of tzedakah to Jewish organizations figure out that they, too, were scammed in the Madoff scandal, scammed by boards of trustees that paid millions of Jewish charity money to their fellow trustee, Ezra Merkin, for his very hard work of transferring their billions to Madoff, other givers of tzedakah might start taking a look at where their Jewish charity money goes.
A national grassroots campaign by Presbyterians to stop the Presbyterian Church USA from funding missionizing efforts against Jews is gaining steam following a Jewish Week report revealing the secret initiative embedded in the struggling mainline Protestant denomination.
The issue threatens to split the Presbyterian Church between conservative and liberal factions, which already are locked in a fierce struggle over gay ordination, leading church officials told The Jewish Week.
Representatives for a powerful roster of academics and writers this week rejected the Anti-Defamation League's invitation to meet and discuss their charge that the ADL applied pressure to shut down a prominent critic of Israel's New York lecture.
Professors Mark Lilla and Richard Sennett, organizers of a protest letter to ADL signed by 113 intellectuals, rejected ADL's denial that it had not, in fact, threatened or pressured the Polish Consulate to deny a platform to New York University historian Tony Judt.