Jerry Silverman

JFNA, Ruderman Foundation Launch Disability Employment Initiative

10/07/2013
Staff Writer
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The Jewish Federations of North America and the Ruderman Family Foundation will be placing young adults with disabilities in internships and fellowships at five federation offices in an effort to promote disability inclusion in the Jewish community.

New National Jewish Population Survey In The Works

At GA, foundation announced $1 million challenge grant to Berman Jewish Policy Archive.

11/13/2012
Staff Writer

The Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation announced yesterday a $1 million grant for the purposes of conducting a national Jewish population study next year, which would be the first such study since the one conducted in 2000-2001.

The grant, awarded to the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy, is a challenge grant, meaning the research team must raise the rest of the study’s budget of about $2 million by Sept. 1. The foundation also supports the policy archive.

UPDATE 1: Jewish Federations To Close Israel Program OTZMA

OTZMA, founded in 1986, is now one of more than 200 Israel programs.

11/01/2012
Staff Writer

(Adds comment from JFNA, alumnus)

The Jewish Federations of North America announced Thursday that the current class in its OTZMA Israel experience program will be the last, spurring more than a third of its 1400 alumni to sign a petition imploring JFNA to save OTZMA for its own sake.

OTZMA placed its participants with "adoptive" Israeli families. Photo courtesy JFNA

Burying The Lead On My Column

If I had it to do over again, I would change the lead of my Oct. 28 column, “How Many U.S. Jews, and Who Cares?”

The most newsworthy aspect of the piece was buried deep in the story, which dealt, in part, with the disagreement between national Jewish federation officials and leading Jewish demographers over commissioning another national Jewish population study.

For Jewish Federations, Decline in Donors Dwarfs Recession Woes

11/09/2010
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 3,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.

The view expressed by many top officials was that after two years of a tough recession, the worst is over.

Knesset Committee Approves Conversion Reform Bill

07/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Knesset committee approved a new draft of a conversion reform bill, angering non-Orthodox Jewish movements.

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the bill in a 5-4 vote, clearing its path to the Knesset floor. The bill must pass three readings and votes before it can be approved. Likud Party committee members were absent from the vote.

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