UJC

UJC Unveils $41.7 Million Budget

06/09/2000
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
It's hard to develop a budget when you don't know exactly what you'll be doing with the money. But without a budget, it's impossible to do anything. That's the Catch-22 the new national umbrella organization for Jewish federations (the product of the merger between the United Jewish Appeal and the Council of Jewish Federations) faces as it struggles to get off the ground. Last year's creation of the United Jewish Communities was spurred by a desire by federations to get services delivered more efficiently and to have a greater say in national decision-making.

Falash Mura Funds Dry Up

06/06/2008
Staff Writer
The fate of the fenced-in compound in northern Ethiopia that serves as the central feeding and education location for thousands of Falash Mura awaiting immigration to Israel is now likely in the hands of local Jewish federations. This follows the recent decision of the United Jewish Communities to halt its financial support of the programs, which became effective last week. The compound will have to curtail many of its activities to forestall closing the entire site, in Gondar, according to spokesmen for the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry.

Planning For The 21st Century

05/07/1999
Staff Writer
It may be the most comprehensive survey of the Jewish people since Moses counted the Jews as recorded in the Book of Numbers. Researchers this week said they sent out nearly 900 draft copies of the ambitious $4 million National Jewish Population Survey to an array of Jewish organizations for their input. Many believe the 250-question poll will set the agenda for the American Jewish community for the 21st century.

Expert Wary Of NJPS Findings

09/26/2003
Staff Writer
The long-awaited National Jewish Population Study 2000-01 is flawed to the degree that many of its key findings should not be considered reliable, and ought to be reworked and re-analyzed before being used by communal policy planners. That is the upshot of a new report from an independent expert brought in to evaluate the landmark survey.

Jewish Pride On The Rise

10/27/2006
Staff Writer
More people than ever before say that being Jewish "is very important" to them, according to a recent survey by the American Jewish Committee. Sixty-one percent of respondents in the organization's annual survey of American Jewish opinion, which covers topics from international affairs to religious identity, said it was "very important" to them, and another 28 percent said it was "fairly important." Ten percent of this year's respondents said that being Jewish was "not very important" in their own lives.

‘A Tale Of Unclear Expectations’

02/04/2005
Staff Writer
An independent analysis of United Jewish Communities’ first five years of existence, authored by two experts in American Jewish organizations, finds serious problems with the ways the umbrella and headquarters agency for 153 local Jewish federations does business. The report, titled “Predictability to Chaos? How Jewish Leaders Reinvented Their National Communal System,” includes a list of provocative recommendations intended to improve — some might say fix — one of the largest philanthropic networks in the United States.

Heroes Among Us

09/15/2009
Staff Writer
Who’s your Jewish hero? Someone who founds a yeshiva or works against Christian missionaries, who serves as an organ donor or as a volunteer at a cancer center, who starts an orphanage for African children or helps the homeless in the U.S.? If you have a hero, you have a month to make a choice in United Jewish Communities’ first annual Jewish Community Hero Awards.

Falash Mura Funds Dry Up

06/04/2008
Staff Writer
The fate of the fenced-in compound in northern Ethiopia that serves as the central feeding and education location for thousands of Falash Mura awaiting immigration to Israel is now likely in the hands of local Jewish federations. This follows the recent decision of the United Jewish Communities to halt its financial support of the programs, which became effective last week. The compound will have to curtail many of its activities to forestall closing the entire site, in Gondar, according to spokesmen for the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry.
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