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Questions Over Outpouring Of Gaza War Philanthropy

As U.S. donations to Israel soar, are other causes at risk?

09/10/2014
Staff Writer

The outpouring of money seemed extraordinary, even by Hamptons’ standards.

It was Shabbos morning, Aug. 9, the Gaza war was raging and Rabbi Marc Schneier, spiritual leader of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, took to the bima for an impromptu appeal.

Israelis run for cover in the coastal city of Ashkelon during the recent Gaza war. Getty Images

Blazing Their Own Philanthropic Path

Newer donors committed to Jewish causes, but want giving to be hands-on, report finds.
08/14/2013
Managing Editor

In a major new report on “next-gen” Jewish giving whose findings are likely to produce a collective sigh of relief among nervous communal professionals, young Jews of means appear seriously committed to donating to Jewish causes. And they are often moved to do so by a strong sense of Jewish and secular values passed down from their families.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, sporting the company’s latest invention, is a giver to Jewish causes.  Getty Images

Letter: Sharansky Protests Restrictions At Western Wall

Wall is a symbol of connection with Israel for "each and every Jew," Jewish Agency head writes.
11/12/2012
Staff Writer

Pressure mounted on Israel this week to consider relaxing the restrictions governing prayer and behavior in place at the Western Wall, with the head of the Jewish Agency writing a letter to the government that expressed “deep concern” about policies at Judaism’s holiest site.

The Western Wall: a contested site. Getty Images

Jewish Non-Profits and Social Media - Do They Get It?

Cross-posted to Blog.RabbiJason.com

As a rabbi who is a social mediaologist, I find myself consulting a lot of synagogues and Jewish nonprofits on their social media strategy. The leaders of these institutions all recognize that they require a social media strategy, but the plan for how it will be implemented varies greatly.

Are Jewish Non-Profits adding social media to their arsenal of marketing tools?

Jewish-Hindu, Jewish-Black and Gabi Giffords

Abigail Pickus, who alas no longer blogs for us, but does do a monthly column on life in Israel, has an interesting piece in e-JewishPhilanthropy about Kesha Ram, a Vermont state legislator who recently went on a Birthright trip to Israel. 

Razoo Changes Policy on Israeli Credit Cards

If you didn't receive numerous email solicitations from non-profit organizations during the final week of 2010, then your email server was likely down.

A few complaints led Razoo to change its policy on accepting credit card donations from Israel.
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