From its founding in 1881 by six rabbis, back in a time when only men could enjoy that title, the New York Board of Rabbis has never had a woman president. Until now. Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman, also the first female rabbi to serve at Congregation Emanu-El and the first female spiritual leader of the Reform Union Temple in Brooklyn, where she now serves, will officially become the 61st president of the board on March 14.
Are American college campuses incubators for anti-Zionism or nurturing environments where Jews feel more accepted than ever?
Both, concludes the David Project, a 10-year-old nonprofit that seeks to “positively shape campus opinion on Israel” in a just-released “white paper” on “Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America’s Universities and College.”
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of The Israel Project, announced last week that she plans to leave the organization she and two other women founded 10 years ago. During that decade, the Washington-based Israel Project has grown from an organization with no staff, based originally at Mizrahi’s former public relations firm, to one that now has 75 employees, including former journalists, and an office in Jerusalem. Its mission is to garner fairer and more positive coverage of Israel through outreach to the press, policymakers and members of the public.
When mega-philanthropist Michael Steinhardt founded the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education in 1996, it was a heady time for day schools. Today, the recession seems endless, enrollment of non-Orthodox Jews is declining and even some Orthodox Jews are questioning the affordability, if not the importance, of day schools.
Israel (Izzy) Tapoohi became president and CEO of State of Israel Bonds Oct. 31 after many years as a top executive of several of Israel’s major companies.
Tapoohi, 65, was born in Israel and raised in Melbourne, Australia, where he served as chairman of the local aliyah organization. He moved back to Israel with his family in 1979. Among the Israeli companies he spearheaded were Africa-Israel Investments and Bezeq, Israel’s telecommunications provider and largest corporation. He and his wife have four children and five grandchildren.
Ed Koch, the three-term mayor of New York (1978-‘89), will be honored by Beit Morasha, the Jerusalem-based educational center, on Jan. 25 for “public service, leadership and commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people” at a special event and dinner at Guastavino’s in New York City.
Beit Morasha will inaugurate the Edward I. Koch Center for Public Policy and Jewish Ethics at Beit Morasha’s Robert M. Beren College, which supports research and advanced seminar programs on the connection between public policy and Jewish values.