Tamar Snyder

Young Leaders Pushing For Seat At Table

Twenty- and 30-somethings want a presence
in nonprofit boardrooms. Will they get it?

06/30/2010
Staff Writer

Twenty- and 30-something Jews have launched websites and magazines that have challenged the Jewish establishment, harnessed the power of social networking in their social justice work and raised the community’s eco-consciousness. But when it comes to getting a seat at the table — the boardroom table, that is — the gulf between generations has never been more gaping.

Young leaders in recent board training session.

Day School Scientists Solve Israel’s Problems

06/23/2010

Israel may not be ready to wash its dirty laundry in public, but a local day school has some ideas for cleaning up the wastewater.

With the level of the Sea of Galilee — Israel’s major freshwater source — steadily declining, a prestigious science competition there is this year asking for new ways to treat washing machines’ “gray water.” A greater supply of safely recycled water that is fit for drinking or watering crops means less demand on the Kinneret, as the Sea of Galilee is known in Israel.

Aryeh Snyder, fourth from right, says water filter system developed by his day school can help preserve the Sea of Galilee.

In A First, Religious Gifts Decline Slightly

Giving USA report finds 3.6 percent drop in all giving, but health and human services donations bump up.

06/16/2010
Staff Writer

Last year, for the first time in the more than 50 years the Giving USA Foundation has been tracking philanthropy, donations to religious institutions declined. 

While the drop in giving was minimal (less than 1 percent), it represents a shift in priorities among American donors from religion and education to health and human services, sectors that increased nearly 4 percent and 2 percent last year, respectively. 

Individuals accounted for 75 percent of all charitable giving in 2009, according to Giving USA.

Bronfman Prize Winners Announced

06/08/2010
Staff Writer

For the first time, two recipients have been chosen for The Charles Bronfman Prize 2010, which honors young Jewish humanitarians. Sasha Chanoff, founder of Mapendo International, a Boston-based international refugee agency, and Jared Genser, founder of Freedom Now, a Washington-based human rights lawyer who defends prisoners of conscience, will each receive a $100,000 award.

The Feminist Funder

Ma'yan benefactor, now chair of American Jewish World Service, focuses on women near and far.

06/08/2010
Staff Writer

When it comes to projects focused on empowering Jewish women and girls, it’s a good bet that Barbara Dobkin’s name is listed among the supporters. And if it isn’t, you have good reason to ask why not.

Barbara Dobkin, center, with Women’s Funding Network CEO Chris Grumm, left, and Jacki Zehner, vice-chair of the group’s board.

Micro-Loans In Israel

Several new efforts, including one called Lend For Peace, combat poverty by offering capital and business training.

05/11/2010
Staff Writer

Andrea Kruchik Krell became a believer in microfinance at the tender age of 5.

As a little girl growing up in Uruguay, she once visited a neighborhood grocery shop where a poor boy approached her. “Can you buy me candies?” he asked.

With the little pocket money she had, she bought him a few treats. Instead of thanking her, he asked her to buy him more. She had used up all of her coins, so she said no. He kicked her and ran away.

A microfinance program that has provided nearly $1.2 million in micro-loans  to Bedouin Women living in the Negev.

Not Just Clowning Around

In innovative chesed program, teens become experts
in dispensing the best medicine (laughter).

04/20/2010
Staff Writer

It’s weeks after Purim, but a group of students from Magen David Yeshiva in Brooklyn are pulling colorful wigs out of their bags, smudging white paint on their faces and drawing bright red circles and stars on their cheeks. They’re prepping with excitement for a visit to CareOne at Teaneck, a nursing and rehabilitation center located in Bergen County, N.J.

But first, they must learn the art of balloon animals — and the importance of bikur cholim (visiting the sick).

Mitzvah clowns, here with senior citizens, learn Jewish values through bikur cholim work.

Joshua Venture Betting On Known Quantities

The revamped group’s list of eight fellows, many of them incubated elsewhere, positions it as an advanced-stage funder.

04/13/2010
Staff Writer

Joshua Venture Group, the newly re-launched fellowship that trains Jewish social entrepreneurs, announced its 2010-2012 cohort of eight fellows on Monday. Each of the Dual Investment Program fellows will receive $40,000 in “seed funding” per year over the course of a two-year period, as well as $20,000 in health benefits, in addition to individual coaching and organizational support.

Environmental and social justice groups were big winners in the first Joshua Venture grants since group reformed.

Scholarships Passed Over

04/01/2010

With registration for the fall semester just days away and scholarship application deadlines long passed, five future Jewish leaders found themselves scrambling to replace the tens of thousands of tuition dollars a Jewish program had suddenly revoked.

But the day before Passover, Moishe House founder David Cygielman appeared with a strong hand, an outstretched arm — and a band of anonymous donors.

Moishe House’s David Cygielman helped save the day for PLP fellows.

Beyond The Rabba-Rousing

Lost in the furor over Sara Hurwitz’s title is the broader issue of women’s roles within Modern Orthodoxy.

03/24/2010
Staff Writer

 Dina Najman, rosh kehila (head of the congregation) at Kehilat Orach Eliezer on the Upper West Side, spends a majority of her day answering halachic questions, teaching classes expounding upon Jewish texts and counseling couples and individuals who are having personal difficulties. Her male rabbinic colleagues often consult with her on questions of bioethics, her area of expertise.

The bulk of the work that she does, she says, is not gender specific — and shouldn’t be viewed that way.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz: Fallout seen masking deeper concerns. jta
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