Jewish philanthropy

Joseph Gurwin, 1920-2009

10/29/2009 - 20:00

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

03/28/2002 - 19:00
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

02/17/2005 - 19:00
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.”

With Aid Boom Come Questions

01/13/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
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.

Costly Quints

07/13/1997 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

School’s In For The Sudanese

12/16/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
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.

Fresh Rift On Jews’ Giving To Israel

08/16/2007 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s denial last week that northern Israel is in dire need of aid — the very picture painted by Jewish federations that have raised millions in war relief funds — is etching the latest chapter in the complicated tale of diaspora philanthropy. The United Jewish Communities’ Israel Emergency Campaign has raised some $260 million to address economic and social service needs created by the month-long rain of Hezbollah rockets last summer and the continuing shelling of Sderot from Gaza in the south.

A Lesson In Giving

03/17/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
It was while Judith Stern Peck was thinking of a birthday gift for her first grandchild that she came upon an idea that promises to give her and her granddaughter enjoyment for years to come. “This child didn’t need another dress or another toy,” said Peck. “And I think it is very important to teach the value of giving back. That’s when I came up with the idea of creating a Children’s Gift Fund.”

Protecting ‘The Underdogs’

06/25/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A $17,000 grant to provide counseling and vocational training to women victims of domestic violence was one of two gifts awarded last week by the 3-year-old Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. The foundation, which itself just received a $500,000 grant from UJA-Federation to hire clerical staff and cover promotional expenses, also presented a $25,000 check to the New York Legal Assistance Group. The goal of both grants is to educate low-income Jewish women so they can become economically self-sufficient and reduce their dependence on welfare programs.

Jewish Giving Goes Universal

12/20/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
When Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn of New York saw television pictures of Albanian refugees fleeing Kosovo, their first thoughts were of how best to help them. “At first we wanted to give money to the Red Cross,” said Harriet. “But then we thought of the American Jewish Committee, where we have a good relationship.” Their donation had established the AJCommittee’s Interreligious Understanding Institute to promote understanding between Jews and Arabs. So they called and donated money to establish a disaster relief fund.
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