Reparations group weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education.
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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.
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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.
Semen Domnitser, ringleader of the $57.3 million fraud against the Claims Conference, was sentenced this week to eight years in prison, ordered to forfeit $59,230 and to pay restitution totaling $57.3 million.
I keep hearing my grandfather’s voice in my head: “Oy. This is bad for the Yidden” — this is bad for the Jews. This has been the summer of Jewish communal folly. The heads of two very significant communal institutions — Sol Adler at the 92nd Street Y and Willie Rapfogel at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty — were fired in the last few week because of serious scandals. Add that to the Claims Conference scandal and what you get makes this Spitzer/Weiner New York hot and blustery summer a terrible one for the Jews. It’s been a man bites dog summer.
Last May, The Jewish Week published an Editorial (“Sins of Omission at The Times”) complaining about The New York Times’ failure, in publishing a two-part series on abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community, to credit The Jewish Week for taking the lead in reporting on these issues, calling the Times’ failure to give appropriate credit “deeply unethical.” That Editorial referred to a letter from The Jewish Week to the public editor, or ombudsman, of The Times complaining about this omission.