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.
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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.
Ramat HaSharon launches a federation amid efforts to expand Sabra philanthropy.
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.
AIPAC seen trying to capitalize on Jerusalem attack.
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.”
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 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.
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.
Clearly stung by the strong reaction of Jewish leaders to their General Assembly’s support of selective disinvestment in firms operating in Israel, a leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA) promised yesterday a more even-handed approach.
“If there are companies promoting terrorism on the Palestinian side, they would be considered in the disinvestment process,” said the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, the General Assembly’s chief executive officer.