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Creating A Jewish GDP

04/23/2009 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
  Think of the American Jewish community as a business — a more than $10 billion annual business.   If our organizations and leaders made programming decisions based on that notion, perhaps they would be building a stronger, larger and more effective Jewish community.  

Seminaries, 92nd St. Y Face Painful Cuts

01/27/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In further signs that the deepening recession is having a major impact on Jewish universities and institutions, two major seminaries here announced tuition freezes and budget cuts, the city’s largest Jewish cultural institution laid off nearly 10 percent of its staff and Brandeis University is taking  the highly unusual step of selling off its prized contemporary art collection.

Hadassah Reveals $130 Million Windfall From Madoff

01/13/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, may have lost $90 million invested with Bernard Madoff, but over the last 20 years it withdrew $130 million from that account, The Jewish Week has learned. “We had no idea how much we had pulled out until a few days ago,” said a source close to the organization. The source said Hadassah “went back through its books, year by year, to check all the records” to learn how much was withdrawn after receiving many calls from members upset with the $90 million loss.

UJA-Fed. To Fund Day School Scholarships

12/29/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
For the first time, UJA-Federation of New York will provide scholarship money to Jewish day school students. The $1 million in scholarships, to be awarded next year based on need, will be granted through the 280 yeshivas and Jewish day schools in the city, Long Island and Westchester. The minimum scholarship would be $5,000; the maximum is to be determined based on the number of eligible applications received.

A Grim Toll Of Losses

12/16/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Just hours after the arrest last Thursday of legendary financier Bernard Madoff, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation in Boca Raton, Fla., began receiving calls from major donors who had lost huge sums in Madoff’s $50 billion fraud scheme.

Planting Seeds Of Memory In Glen Cove

04/13/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In 1939 when she was just 13 years old, Claire Friedlander hid and watched while the Nazis assembled all the Jews of Sgryj — including her younger brother and grandparents — in the center of this Polish village. They were never seen again. Friedlander, however, managed to escape to a factory where her parents worked. A Polish family took them in, hiding her parents on his farm and pretending that Claire was one of their own children. The Friedlanders lived with the family until the Russians liberated them in 1943. They later immigrated to the United States.

European Jewry, 60 Years Later

03/17/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Ariel Muzicant, 56, an Israeli-born real estate businessman who lives in Vienna, has since 1998 been the leader of the country’s largest association of Jews, which numbers more than 7,000. Muzicant has been in Jewish politics for the past 39 years and is also a member of the European Jewish Congress, of which he was once vice president. He was in New York recently and spoke to The Jewish Week about rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the future of Jews there.

Hadassah Weathering The Storm

03/10/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
After seeing the value of its endowment plunge in the economic downturn and losing $90 million entrusted to disgraced Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff, Hadassah is turning to its donors for help. “We want to continue to cultivate the million-dollar donors, but the grassroots supporters will get us through this,” said Nancy Falchuk, Hadassah’s national president, in an interview on Monday.

For Singles, Comfort In Numbers

07/28/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Although she has been to Israel many times — nearly a half-dozen in the last two years alone — the prospect of quitting her job and moving alone to Israel was daunting for Ilana Rabinoff of Forest Hills, Queens. “I don’t have a family there, which makes it harder to go,” said Rabinoff, 34, a lawyer for a Jewish not-for-profit organization here. “The process is overwhelming — moving to another country with another language.”

UJA-Fed. Campaign Holds Its Own

07/07/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It could have been a lot worse. Despite a battered economy and a fundraising drop of at least 15 percent in its Wall Street Division, UJA-Federation of New York, the country’s largest federation, announced it raised $215.3 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
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