Jewish philanthropy

Jewish Federations, Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

JFNA, Jewish Agency, Joint to work around traditional 75-25 split.


The New York-based Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have been struggling with the JFNA for nearly two years over how to split the more than $100 million raised by the federation system for overseas needs. The two overseas partners have traditionally split the money using a formula that gives 75 percent of the funds to the Jewish Agency and 25 percent to JDC.

The leadership of Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, a longtime ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, is credited with make deal poss

Post-Yom Kippur Thoughts:Old-Time Prayer Meets New Needs

Special to the Jewish Week

I have seen the Jewish future and it is small…

Compact, shoulder to shoulder -- young and old, preschoolers, high schoolers, singles, same sex couples with their toddlers, middle-aged parents whose disaffected teens find themselves tapping along in spite of themselves, grandparents with their grandchildren.

No high ceilinged church-like space required. No sound systems or balconies.

New Israel Fund: Grantees Must Not Actively Oppose Israel’s Jewish Character


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Groups that work to "deny the right of the Jewish people to sovereign self-determination within Israel" will not be eligible for New Israel Fund moneys.

In new guidelines issued to JTA on Thursday, the progressive pro-Israel olutfit, which has come under fire for funding groups that are sharply critical of Israel and that have promoted a binational state instead of a Jewish one, reiterated its well known principles upholding minority rights and promoting equal rights for all.

More on the AJ Congress - and the perils of progressive domestic activism

The other day I blogged about the sad demise of the American Jewish Congress and laid much of the blame for its protracted demise on its decision to turn away from the progressive domestic focus that was its traditional bread and butter.

A caller with long connections to the group took me to task.

The Education Of Jim Joseph

Associate Editor

 A Holocaust refugee, Jim Joseph emigrated with his parents from Austria as a small child in 1938. He grew up in New York and Los Angeles, and after graduating from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, he entered the real estate business, buying commercial property on the West Coast, including in what would become Silicon Valley. 

Jim Joseph: Realized late that he wanted to reach beyond day schools.

Foundation Cutting Wide Path Through Jewish Life

With huge outlays, Jim Joseph Foundation can be a ‘game-changer.’ But its officials admit identity-building focus can be hard to measure.

Associate Editor

 When Interland Corporation Founder Jim Joseph died in 2003, at the age of 68, few people outside San Francisco and the real estate field had heard of him.

Today, less than a decade later, the words “Jim Joseph” are among the most frequently uttered syllables in the American Jewish education world, at least among those responsible for fundraising.

Havdalah during the Birthright Israel NEXT fellows training weekend in New Orleans.

In A First, Religious Gifts Decline Slightly

Giving USA report finds 3.6 percent drop in all giving, but health and human services donations bump up.

Staff Writer

Last year, for the first time in the more than 50 years the Giving USA Foundation has been tracking philanthropy, donations to religious institutions declined. 

While the drop in giving was minimal (less than 1 percent), it represents a shift in priorities among American donors from religion and education to health and human services, sectors that increased nearly 4 percent and 2 percent last year, respectively. 

Individuals accounted for 75 percent of all charitable giving in 2009, according to Giving USA.

Joseph Gurwin, 1920-2009


Joseph Gurwin once noted that if he hadn’t been a poor student in Latin as a teenager in his native Lithuania, he may never have made it to these shores. Rather than repeat the academic year, he chose to come to America in 1936, alone and with on

Joseph Gurwin once noted that if he hadn’t been a poor student in Latin as a teenager in his native Lithuania, he may never have made it to these shores. Rather than repeat the academic year, he chose to come to America in 1936, alone and with only $100. He went on to not only make his fortune in business, but to leave a lasting legacy of philanthropy in our community, in Israel and throughout the Jewish world.

Passover Plea On Prisons

Staff Writer
Calling on Lehman Brothers to “invest in freedom” this Passover, a grassroots Jewish group is taking on the powerful investment banking firm for backing a private company that builds prisons.

Tsunami Funds Now At $23 Million

Staff Writer
More than seven weeks after the Asia tsunami disaster, donations to Jewish agencies’ relief funds have slowed somewhat as the millions already raised begin to flow to partner agencies in the affected areas. “There has been a natural trail-off, given that the attention has died down,” said Will Recant, assistant executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which oversees the Jewish Coalition for Asia Tsunami Relief. “But Jewish giving was overwhelming.”
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