Can Day Schools Survive?

With foundation money pouring into ‘experiential’ education, movement desperate for new funding sources.
07/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In describing its news-making $33 million grant to the Hebrew Union College, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University to train a cadre of more than 1,000 Jewish educators, the heads of The Jim Joseph Foundation were clear about where they envision most of these teachers working.

“The vast majority will not necessarily go work at day schools,” Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation, told The Jewish Week. “Informal education is where it is going to be.” 

Believing day schools affect only a “very small portion” of Jewish youth.

Conversion Crises Could Threaten Pro-Israel Effort

Diaspora leaders, lawmakers fear that recurring ‘Who is a Jew’ controversies undermine and change the pro-Israel base.
07/20/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

Recurring “who is a Jew” crises pitting many American Jews against fervently Orthodox leaders in Israel and their Knesset friends may be contributing to a seismic shift in the base of the pro-Israel movement in America.

The bill authored by Knesset member David Rotem, above, has unleashed a firestorm of criticism from liberal American Jews.

Journalist David Twersky Dies

07/19/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush’s administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

David Twersky: A “remarkable journalist,” he previously served as an adviser to Abba Eban.

RCA: Bill Is Not Matter For American Liberals

07/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

While the Reform and Conservative movements here mounted campaigns to convince Israeli lawmakers to vote against the proposed conversion bill, the largest group of Orthodox rabbis here said American Jews should keep out of internal Israeli matters. 

“The legislation is designed to change nothing regarding North American Jewish issues, a matter which in any event is far less significant to the State of Israel and its citizens than the undoubted benefits that the bill promises,” said the statement by the Rabbinical Council of America.

AJCongress Rides Off Into The Sunset?

In ‘reorganizing’ effort, historic group suspends activities, lays off 10 staffers and closes office.
07/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the wake of a series of financial setbacks that included the looting of its endowment by Bernard Madoff, the American Jewish Congress suspended its activities last week and let go of 10 staffers. Though the organization claims to be “reorganizing,” many in the Jewish communal world say it is only a matter of time before the history-rich but poorly run organization is forced to shutter its doors for good.

Anti-Terror Grants Include 25 City Shuls

Jewish institutions get 94 percent of state Homeland Security money; ‘Kill the Jews’ cabbie charged with hate crime.
07/19/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will dole out more than $6 million in New York State to improve security at potential civilian terrorist targets, an increase of 40 percent over last year.

About 94 percent of the money will go to Jewish institutions here, around the same percentage of the national total of $19 million, said David Pollock, associate executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, who helped local Jewish agencies submit the grant applications.

The Riverdale Temple.

UJA-Fed. Campaign Holds Its Ground

Charity’s annual drive raised $136 million in bad economic year; same figure as last year.
07/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

John M. Shapiro, the organization’s outgoing president, said the 2010 annual campaign actually exceeded projections by $2 million, thereby enabling UJA-Federation to provide “the dollars needed to help throughout the New York community.”

UJA-Fed’s John Ruskay: Fundraising this year has been “wrenching and inspiring.”

Date My Kid, Please!

07/19/2010 - 20:00

It’s a story as old as the Bible for a Jewish mother to want to marry off her single son.

But Geri Brin took the stereotype a step further when her profile of her son Colby launched a new online dating program.

“Date My Single Kid” is a subpage of the online lifestyle magazine, and it is growing in popularity since its recent creation.

My son the catch: Geri Brin and her son Colby.  Courtesy of Katherine McPherson, Fab Over 50.

A Chupah For Chelsea?

07/19/2010 - 20:00

The July 31 nuptials of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her Jewish fiancé, Marc Mezvinsky, are fast approaching, and much about the event remains a closely guarded secret.

While most Americans are eager for details about the dress, the guest list and the location (which almost everyone agrees now is Astor Court in upstate Rhinebeck), for Jews the big question remains: will it be a Jewish wedding? 

Chelsea and Marc: The suspense builds about kosher food, rabbi, etc. Getty Images

Tabloid News & Jewish Wisdom

07/19/2010 - 20:00


As part of our continuing effort to find deeper meaning and lessons in pop culture, we asked Rabbi Simon Jacobson to help reveal the Jewish wisdom and relevancy in the most recent front-page tabloid news.


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