Tamar Snyder

36 Under 36 2009: Bram Weber, 33

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 For years, Bram Weber amazed people when he disclosed that he — an active AIPAC Young Leadership board member and passionate pro-Israel advocate— had never been to Israel. That changed in 2005, when Weber and his then-girlfriend, now wife Aimee, visited Israel for the first time. "She organized the entire trip," he says. "It was the most unbelievable experience."

36 Under 36 2009: Atara Eis, 27

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

 Atara Eis advises women who are members of nine synagogues in Manhattan about the sensitive issues of taharat hamishpacha (Jewish family purity laws). She is one of only three women in the United States who do this; they’re called yoatzot halacha. A graduate of the Keren Ariel Program run by Nishmat and a mother of three, Eis lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and commutes to Manhattan one weekend every month. While in New York, she delivers between two and four classes with the goal of increasing women’s comfort with, and knowledge of, these laws.

36 Under 36 2009: Adam Kirsch, 33

Staff Writer
04/24/2009

Though he now considers himself a non-affiliated Jew, Adam Kirsch grew up in Los Angeles where he attended the Conservative synagogue Adat Shalom and went to Hebrew school at Sinai Temple Religious School. "I received a good Jewish education at home," says Kirsch, whose father is the biblical scholar Jonathan Kirsch. "Though not yeshiva-like," he adds, as if to clarify.

 

Day Schools Try New Ideas

At New Jersey conference — the first collaboration by all the movements —
educators seek ways to lower costs, engage families.

01/21/2010
Staff Writer

Teaneck, N.J. — A little-known foundation based in the Philadelphia suburbs is piloting an adult Jewish education program for parents of local day school students, one that aims to increase parental buy-in for the day school system while also easing some of the tuition burden.
The Kohelet Fellowship is providing a tuition credit of $1,000 for individual parents and $1,500 for couples at four Jewish day schools in the Delaware Valley in return for participation in 16 weekly phone sessions with a Partners-in-Torah mentor over the course of the school year.

Heads of the four partnership organizations for the North American Jewish Day School Conference, from left: Scott Goldberg, dire

Investing In A 529 Plan: Still A Smart Move?

Staff Writer
01/16/2009
The cost of a four-year private college education has passed the $150,000 mark — which is “enough to cause even the most affluent parent to want to sit down and cry,” according to Kalman Chany, author of the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Paying For College Without Going Broke.” And in 2009, the average one year tuition cost (including room and board, books, and other fees) will be $35,958 — up 5.5 percent from the previous year.

Agents Of Change

Staff Writer
08/18/2009
Searching for a new, post-recession career? Consider becoming a certified residential real estate agent. That’s the pitch offered by Touro College’s Graduate School of Business. In September, Touro will launch a five-course certificate in residential real estate entrepreneurship — the first of its kind (nearby universities like NYU and Columbia only offer commercial real estate programs).

Alumni Venture Funds Catching On

Staff Writer
09/22/2009
It wasn’t just about the money. That’s what Idit Klein says about the initial $1,000 grant she received from the Bronfman Youth Fellowships’ Alumni Venture Fund in 2004. Klein, the executive director of Keshet, a nonprofit that champions the inclusion of LGBTs within the Jewish community, used the small seed grant to mount an educational campaign centered on marriage equality.

Q&A: ‘The Initial Shock Has Been Absorbed’

Staff Writer
09/22/2009
As CEO of the FJC - A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, Leonard Glickman oversees the organization’s management of $215 million in assets. During the three-and-a-half years he’s been with the FJC, he’s worked to expand the organization’s fiscal sponsorship program (participation is up 30 percent this year), promote the opening of donor-advised funds, and rebrand the organization’s tagline.

Investing In A 529 Plan: Still A Smart Move?

Experts weigh in on how to save for college in these tough times.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
The cost of a four-year private college education has passed the $150,000 mark — which is “enough to cause even the most affluent parent to want to sit down and cry,” according to Kalman Chany, author of the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Paying For College Without Going Broke.” And in 2009, the average one year tuition cost (including room and board, books, and other fees) will be $35,958 — up 5.5 percent from the previous year.

Blogger Wars Over Conference

09/03/2008
Staff Writer
Nefesh B’Nefesh is better known for its efforts to get North American Jews on planes to Israel, but last month it settled for driving more Internet traffic there. The organization recently hosted the first International Jewish Bloggers Convention at its Jerusalem headquarters. The conference, which featured keynote speaker former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who doesn’t blog — attracted 200 Israeli-based bloggers (many of them Anglos) and 1,300 people around the globe who watched the live video feed.    
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