Jewish Funders Network

Training Teens To Give

Staff Writer

On Long Island, the b’nai mitzvah project has found an older sibling: philanthropy. Decades after community service became a standard part of the American bar and bat mitzvah experience, rabbis and educators are trying build on those earlier lessons in empathy by teaching Jewish teens how to make grants to nonprofits.

Teen philanthropists donated to the Joint Distribution Committee, which supports Jewish life in India. Richard Lord/JDC

Bombing Puts Crisis Fundraising In The Spotlight

AIPAC seen trying to capitalize on Jerusalem attack.

Staff Writer

Within hours of last week’s bus bombing in Jerusalem, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee sent an e-mail blast to its supporters: “Israel is under terrorist attack — please help.”

“Dear Friend of Israel,” the e-mail began, “today terrorists exploded a package at a Jerusalem bus stop killing one person and injuring 30 others, 15 seriously. And in this last week alone, Gaza terrorists have bombarded Israeli towns with more than 50 rockets and mortars.”

Using Philanthropy ‘To Solve Problems’

Mark Charendoff, the departing Jewish Funders Network president, looks back, and ahead.

Staff Writer

When Mark Charendoff publicly announced his decision to step down as president of the Jewish Funders Network at the end of the year, he was following his own advice. In an Opinion piece in The Jewish Week last month, Charendoff called for term limits for heads of Jewish communal agencies. “How long is too long at the top?” he asked. “I’m not dogmatic, but eight to 10 years feels like it’s enough. While it may seem a short time, it should.

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