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Healthcare Oct 2010

Stopping cancer before it starts, when breast cancer meets the Holocaust and new research from Israel.
Staff Writer
10/18/2010 - 20:00
Healthcare Oct 2010

A Leadership Training Program Struggles For Funding

In tough economic times, what’s seen as a particularly valuable federation initiative needs a donor or two.
Special To The Jewish Week
10/11/2010 - 20:00

Melissa Donald, a staff member at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan since 2003, decided only a few years ago that her work in the Jewish world was not just a job, nor even a career, but “a calling.”

But that discovery wouldn’t have come at that point in her life if it weren’t for the Muehlstein Institute, she said, referring to the training program sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York for Jewish communal professionals at the start of their career.

Melissa Donald.

Charity Begins At The Beginning

Instilling the spirit of tzedakah at a young age, and keeping it going.
Special To The Jewish Week
10/11/2010 - 20:00

F rom the time Sue Blumberg’s 12-year-old son Sam was 2, she’s made sure to include him in meaningful volunteer activities.

Westchester teens work on a variety of projects in a Yonkers warehouse. courtesy of the AFYA Foundation.

For The Perplexed, A Guide To Giving

Experts weigh in on how to judge requests and vet charities. The philanthropic road from Maimonides to Guidestar.
Staff Writer
10/11/2010 - 20:00

A middle-aged professional in the Jewish communal world, Ari H. deals with a dilemma of Jewish life every time he returns from his Manhattan office to his home in Bergen County — how to honor the mitzvah of giving tzedakah with integrity while sorting out the constant requests for his money.

A Foundation With A Cause

One family foundation has made the inclusion of special needs children in the Jewish community its signature issue.
Staff Writer
10/11/2010 - 20:00

L ike most family foundations, the Ruderman Family Foundation at first operated as a checkbook, giving away money to a variety of different causes. Then, about six years ago, the foundation partnered with Gateways: Access to Jewish Education and Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies to launch the Initiative for Day School Excellence, a $45 million effort that enabled Jewish children with special needs to access any of the 14 Jewish day schools in the Boston area.

Jay Ruderman: “The Jewish community cannot ignore children with special needs.”

When Facebook And Philanthropy Meet

Chabad schools poised to win big money from Kohl’s national schools giveaway.
Special To The Jewish Week
10/11/2010 - 20:00

H ebrew Academy in Huntington Beach, Calif., might only have 300-odd students, but when it comes to community outreach, it seems to have no trouble harnessing the power of social networking to press its cause.

Rabbi Yitzchak Newman

Using Philanthropy ‘To Solve Problems’

Mark Charendoff, the departing Jewish Funders Network president, looks back, and ahead.
Staff Writer
10/11/2010 - 20:00

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.

 Charendoff.

Charitable Giving October 2010

Outgoing Jewish Funders Network president on present, and future, of Jewish philanthropy; family foundation makes special needs a signature issue; Chabad schools poised to reap Kohl's contest money.
10/11/2010 - 20:00
Charitable Giving

Ten Ways of Looking at a Mivkeh

A novelist and feminist reimagines immersion.
Special to the Jewish Week
09/20/2010 - 20:00

Author Identity

In the last century, the following sentence would have caused heads to explode: Author Anita Diamant, Jewish feminist and a lifelong member of Reform congregations, is a founder and president of Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh in Newton, Mass., which opened in 2004.

Today, the equation feminist + Reform = mikveh raises barely an eyebrow.

T’hom

LAURIE WOHL: Peace Like A River, 2010. From the exhibition, “A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles”

Troubled Water

Is pumping water into the Dead Sea saving or destroying it?
Special to the Jewish Week
09/20/2010 - 20:00

 Five years ago, Israeli geologist Eli Raz fell into a Dead Sea sinkhole, a crater in the earth caused by topsoil or bedrock erosion. As he waited for a rescue team to arrive—which ultimately took 14 hours—Raz, who lives at Kibbutz Ein Gedi and works for the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, kept a diary of the ordeal on a roll of toilet paper he had with him.

Aden, Yemen. 1948-1949. PHOTO: AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE
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