Jewish organizations

ORT Network In Chaos

01/11/2007 - 19:00
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

08/03/2009 - 20:00
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

06/30/2005 - 20:00
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

06/24/2008 - 20:00

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

11/28/2002 - 19:00
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.

Hatzalah Training For Israel Duty

08/01/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In a historic partnership, dozens of local paramedics and technicians from the Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Service are being trained by Magen David Adom to field emergency calls in Israel in the event of a major war. "We have told Magen David that we are ready to go when you need us the most," said Chevra Hatzalah president Heshy Jacob, who hopes to have 60 volunteers trained and ready before the High Holy Days.

Double Worries For Agencies

04/10/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Agencies in the UJA-Federation network are gearing up for a major funding shortfall at the end of the month, when allocations from state grants are due. The emergency measures initiated by Gov. George Pataki and passed by the Legislature, which traditionally keep the state running until a budget is passed, this year have included only funds for health care, welfare, food stamps and state payrolls. So when funds allocated before the end of the fiscal year expire this month, there will be no new funds for numerous other projects until a budget is passed.

Blizzard Has Little Effect On Jewish Agencies

02/20/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
One day after the worst blizzard in seven years hit New York City, the Queens Jewish Community Council was open for business, ready to assist the elderly or otherwise needy who may be having a rough time coping with the snow. "We specifically wanted to be there in case people would call and say I don't have food," said council director Manny Behar. "It's happened in the past. But this time we didn't get any calls like that." In fact, it was all quiet all day at Beharís Forest Hills offices.

Serving Needs Of At-Risk Youth

07/27/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Jewish professionals are moving on several new fronts in their war against drug abuse with the opening of two new treatment centers, while an upcoming conference on at-risk teenagers in the Catskills is expected to draw as many as 500 participants.

Aid Groups Optimistic Over NYC Budget

06/29/2006 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
As word spread of a tentative budget deal between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council Tuesday, Jewish groups that help the needy were optimistic that more aid would be available.
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