‘Strong Year Across The Board’

UJA-Fed’s annual campaign tops $150 million; increase in donors seen.

07/13/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The annual fundraising campaign of UJA-Federation of New York closed at the end of June with a total of $150.8 million, an increase of $3.9 million over the 2014 campaign, the philanthropy announced this week.

UJA-Federation CEO Eric Goldstein: Increased outreach to millennials and emerging “tech community.”

Rhinebeck Gets A Shul Of Its Own

First permanent Jewish presence in the Hudson Valley town, thanks to Chabad couple.

06/30/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rhinebeck, N.Y. — The first thought that crossed Saul Fraiman’s mind when his son, Matthew, announced 20 years ago that he was moving to this Dutchess County town to take a chef’s job, was “it seemed far away.”

Sandy and Saul Fraiman, inset, are active congregants of the new Rhinebeck Jewish Center. Steve Lipman/JW

As Hillel Head Steps Down, Questions Mount For Campus Organization

Firestone leaving amid budget, fundraising pressures.
09/26/2012 - 20:00

The announcement this week that Wayne Firestone is stepping down as president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life next spring has set off a flurry of speculation as to why the 48-year-old professional would leave the top post he has held since 2006.

Wayne Firestone: His exit seen as sign of the times.

Federation’s Fundraising Dips A Bit

07/11/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

UJA-Federation of New York raised slightly less in donations this year than last in a campaign that reflected a trend toward fewer donors in difficult financial times.

Donors face “new financial realities” in sluggish economy, says UJA-Federation board chair Alisa Doctoroff.

Why Funders Need To Embrace Failure

Opportunity to take risks and learn from them necessary for success, some experts say.
01/02/2012 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Before there was Birthright Israel, the most successful Jewish communal effort to increase Jewish identity among young people, there was The Israel Experience, a like-minded effort — and acknowledged failure.

Jeffrey Solomon, president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Family Philanthropies, recalls that Charles Bronfman announced the launch of The Israel Experience in 1992, amid great fanfare, at the major annual convention of North American Jewish federations.

Gary Rosenblatt

Fundraising Israeli-Style

Ramat HaSharon launches a federation amid efforts to expand Sabra philanthropy.
07/04/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Donations to North America’s Jewish federation system may be on the decline, but a group of influential Israelis living in the city of Ramat HaSharon are betting that a federation-style foundation will encourage more Israelis to give.

“Israelis are very challenged when it comes to giving,” says Miri Eisen, former spokesperson for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Bombing Puts Crisis Fundraising In The Spotlight

AIPAC seen trying to capitalize on Jerusalem attack.
03/28/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Within hours of last week’s bus bombing in Jerusalem, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee sent an e-mail blast to its supporters: “Israel is under terrorist attack — please help.”

“Dear Friend of Israel,” the e-mail began, “today terrorists exploded a package at a Jerusalem bus stop killing one person and injuring 30 others, 15 seriously. And in this last week alone, Gaza terrorists have bombarded Israeli towns with more than 50 rockets and mortars.”

Campaign For Quake Damaged Shul In New Zealand

02/28/2011 - 19:00

The Bnei Akiva youth organization in Christchurch, New Zealand, is conducting a fund-raising appeal on behalf of the Canterbury Hebrew Community, a synagogue damaged in the country’s recent earthquake. The synagogue, according to its web site, is “closed until further notice.”

Twitter & Jewish Non-Profits

 Twitter may very well be the social media site that everyone counted out as not having any utility, but is actually thriving. That is because Twitter users are finding new and innovative ways to use the application.

Using Twitter for Philanthropy

Peace Pieces

04/19/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs may not always get along, but two young pianists — one a Jew from Tel Aviv, the other an Arab from Nazareth — will be living in harmony next week at Carnegie Hall. Onstage, that is.

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