Charitable Giving

Hitting The Charity Snack-Pot

10/16/2009
by Stewart Ain Staff Writer For a mitzvah project leading up to her bat mitzvah three years ago at Temple B’nai Sholom in Rockville Centre, L.I., Jenna Talesnick crocheted baby blankets for those in need. She liked helping others so much that it has now become a big part of her life. In her search for other projects, Talesnick learned of the Snack Wrap Program run by Rock and Wrap it Up!, a national, independent anti-poverty think tank based in Cedarhurst, L.I.

Alumni Venture Funds Catching On

10/16/2009
by Tamar Snyder Staff Writer It wasn’t just about the money. That’s what Idit Klein says about the initial $1,000 grant she received from the Bronfman Youth Fellowships’ Alumni Venture Fund in 2004. Klein, the executive director of Keshet, a nonprofit that champions the inclusion of LGBTs within the Jewish community, used the small seed grant to mount an educational campaign centered on marriage equality.

New JTS Focus on Pastoral Care

10/16/2009
by Stewart Ain Staff Writer In meeting with Conservative rabbis from across the country who were ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, its chancellor, Arnold Eisen, found the “overwhelming majority” had been inadequately trained in pastoral care.  At the same time, Eisen said, the rabbis said it was the “most rewarding part of their jobs — dealing with people at times of stress, end of life and serious illness.”

Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop

10/16/2009
by Seth Lipner Special To The Jewish Week The initial news reports were staggering. Hadassah, and many other Jewish charities, had invested with the arch-thief Bernard Madoff. Whatever they put in, whatever they thought they had, it was all gone in the biggest fraud in history.

‘Shock And Awe’ As Fundraising Tool

10/16/2009
by Stewart Ain Staff Writer As a reporter stands at the entrance of the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon awaiting the arrival of a medical helicopter, air raid sirens begin to wail and people begin running. “We may be facing another rocket attack,” she says just as a rocket, black smoke gushing from its tail, slams with a thud into the roof of the hospital behind her.

Restocking After War

11/01/2006
Staff Writer
Several Israeli social service and humanitarian organizations that incurred additional expenses during the country’s month-long war in Lebanon this summer have recently started fundraising campaigns. Among them are:

 American Friends of Magen David Adom. Israel’s emergency medical service (www.afmda.org) raised $12 million in its Code Red Emergency Campaign, which began following the kidnapping in July of Cpl. Gilad Shalit. During the war, Magen David Adom ambulances and teams responded to nearly 1,500 medical events involving civilians and military personnel.
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