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.
Nearly three decades ago, a number of Jewish student activists were planning to stage a public protest in front of the offices of the Jewish Federation of New York. They were seeking funding for Jewish education and an increased emphasis on Jewish values, but John Ruskay, then a graduate student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, decided not to participate with his friends.Not because he didn’t support their cause, but because he felt it was useless to try to change the federation system. Better, he argued, to create alternative organizations.