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.
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.
Giving USA report finds 3.6 percent drop in all giving, but health and human services donations bump up.
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.
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.
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.”
As contributions for Asian tsunami relief through Jewish organizations soared to $13 million and counting this week, a newly formed alliance with a unified bank account began mulling who will get the money — and not everyone appears on the same page.
Some of the 36 members of the Jewish Coalition for Asia Tsunami Relief are urging that Israel-based organizations working in disaster-plagued areas get first crack at the funds, helping them carry out operations that have generated positive publicity for the Jewish state and opened new diplomatic ties.
Seventeen months have passed since quintuplets born to the Klaver family brought the national media into their Brooklyn living room.
But now that they’ve faded from the limelight, the family has been forced to go public again as they face financial peril.
The Klavers have been ordered to vacate their crowded Flatbush apartment by their landlord, who is selling the house. Both parents are in poor health, and federal assistance they have been receiving is about to expire.
The Israeli government is joining with a half-dozen Jewish organizations to provide educational aid for displaced and orphaned Sudanese children.
The coalition was to present $100,000 this week to the Jewish Coalition for Sudan Relief to benefit some 18,000 refugees from Sudan living in the Kashuni refugee camp in northeast Chad.
More than half the refugees are children, said Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service, who was to announce the grant Wednesday with Israel’s consul general here, Arye Mekel, and other leaders.