Jewish organizations

Must Small Donors Feel That Way?

In sluggish economy, organizations struggle with the cost of cultivating small donors.

Staff Writer

Allison Laichter, a darling of the Jewish communal world roundly hailed as a promising young leader, is out of a job.

The departure of Jewish Meditation Center co-founder Allison Laichter, center, sheds light on the small-donor problem.

Communal Ties Lacking for Young Jewish Professionals, Study Shows


NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- A new survey shows that younger Jewish professionals are less committed to the Jewish collective than their elders.

The results of the survey of about 2,500 self-identified Jewish community professionals were released this week in New Orleans at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.

iPhone App for Jewish Organizations

Applaud Mobile creates iPhone apps specifically for Jewish organizations like synagogues, temples and Jewish schools. I recently reviewed the app it created for the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, Massachusetts. Tamir and Marcia Borensztajn, active lay leaders in their community and parents at SSDS, came up with the Applaud Mobile app.

Applaud Mobile: An App to Help Jewish Organizations & Congregations Connect to their Mobile Community

Filling The Leadership Void: A Proposal

Special To The Jewish Week

A 2009 study by the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies predicts that during the next decade 65 percent of mid- and upper-level management of Jewish organizations will retire and their replacements will increasingly be non-Jewish. That’s quite a radical concept to those of us who believe in the “soul” of our organizations.

Voice Of Continuity?


Instead of sending kids and young adults to Israel or trying to figure out how to make Judaism “relevant” to them, maybe all Jewish organizations need to do to secure the future is to get everyone singing from the same page.


That would seem to be the message of a new survey of Jewish choral singers, billed as the first ever, conducted by the Zamir Choral Foundation.

The HaZamir Choir: A new study says singing helps cement Jewish ties.

ORT Network In Chaos

Staff Writer
The worldwide organization that runs an independent school system for more than 90,000 students in Israel has been thrown into chaos amid charges of a lack of financial transparency, slander and turf warfare, The Jewish Week has learned. Millions of dollars are at stake in the battle that pits World ORT against ORT Israel, which has just broken away from its parent body. Caught in the fray is ORT America, which is charging that ORT Israel is perched to pounce on its American donors.

Sephardim Move To Restructure Charities

Assistant Managing Editor
In the wake of criminal financial allegations at the top of the Syrian Jewish community’s leadership, the larger Sephardic community is working to reform the way its charities operate, demanding more transparency and oversight, The Jewish Week has learned.

UJA-Fed Programs Gain In Budget Passed By City

Staff Writer
Preliminary reports on the city budget passed Tuesday night suggest good news for programs under the UJA-Federation network after the City Council restored $213 million in spending that had been cut by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The restored funding, an annual ritual between the mayor and Council, will provide more day-care slots and improved mental health programs at federation agencies that contract with the city, said Ron Soloway, the organization's top lobbyist.

NYANA To Close After Long Run Here


Assistant Managing Editor
After nearly 60 years of helping Jewish refugees find better lives in New York, an agency that at its peak aided some 50,000 clients in one year is expected to shut its doors this summer as a result of a dwindling case load and difficulty in competing for social service contracts. The New York Association for New Americans was founded in 1949 as part of the Jewish community’s efforts to absorb tens of thousands who fled persecution and chaos, mostly from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The refugees were brought to America by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

Social Services Spared: For Now

Staff Writer
Jewish communal groups that run social service programs breathed a collective sigh of relief this weekend when the City Council restored about $3 million in proposed cuts that would have severely curtailed their operations.
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