Much has appeared in the Jewish press about the Claims Conference over the past several weeks, including a report by Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt, relying on material from letters that I wrote (“Claims Conference Facing New Pressures,” July 17).
Board members call for reforms; AG said to be exploring charges of ‘mismanagement.’
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On the eve of the annual meeting of the Claims Conference this week, a member of its leadership council demanded that the council be shown a document suggesting a serious conflict of interest — with legal ramifications — involving the organization’s lay president, Julius Berman, and its executive vice president, Greg Schneider, The Jewish Week has learned.
Allegations of mismanagement are countered by charges watchdog was ‘wrong man for the job.’
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Shmuel Hollander, a highly respected Israeli public servant for four decades, made headlines in 2013 as ombudsman for the Claims Conference when he issued a stinging internal report, blaming the group for allowing a multimillion-dollar fraud to take place for years — unnoticed — within its New York office.
The Claims Conference sent out payments totaling about $60 million in a single day last week – the first of an estimated 70,000 one-time payments of approximately $2,750 to child survivors of the Holocaust.
Move marks first time U.S. Holocaust survivors can apply for monthly payments from Polish government.
Thousands of Holocaust survivors originally from Poland — more than 3,000 in New York alone — will for the first time be receiving applications to apply for $130-a-month pension payments from Poland, thanks to a law that took effect last month, The Jewish Week has learned.
Reparations group weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education.
A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned.
It was a year of abundant scandal in the Jewish communal world, with institutions ranging from the Claims Conference ($57 million phony claims scam), Yeshiva University (sexual abuse charges) and even the 92nd Y (top administrators involved in a kickback scheme) forced into damage control by the conduct of top administrators. But none was as shocking as the sudden firing of William Rapfogel as CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. For more than two decades his was the face of crisis and compassion, that familiar grin emanating from news stories about a perpetual “perfect storm” of increased demand for services and diminished resources.
Jewish representatives on German task force to help determine rightful heirs of works found in Munich.
The Jewish community is appointing three art experts to a 10-member task force being established to learn the rightful owners of a vast trove of paintings found in the Munich home of Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father helped Adolf Hitler sell looted art, The Jewish Week has learned.