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Renewal: Reconnecting Soviet Jewry to the Jewish People

19.01.2014

Renewal: Reconnecting Soviet Jewry to the Jewish People.
A Decade of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (“Joint”, AJJDC or JDC) Activities in the Former Soviet Union 1988-1998
A Lecture by Anita Weiner, Ph.D.

Building Local Jewish Communities, One House at a Time

28.01.2014

Meet Dan, Benji, Sarah and Samantha, four roommates in Washington, DC, whose paths intersected when they all became Moishe House residents. Today, their home is a center of gravity for young Jews in the community who, like them, want to create and share Jewish experiences with friends.

Moishe House is a network of nearly 60 houses in 14 countries that fills a void in the Jewish community created by the growing gap between college years and family life.

Every Moishe House is run by a group of 3-5 young adult residents who are provided with rent subsidies and a program budget to host an average of six monthly events for peers in their community.

What started as a house for four friends in Oakland, California, to host Shabbat dinners has grown into a global network that provides opportunities for 60,000-plus young adults annually.

We partner with organizations like Moishe House because we believe change IS possible.

 

Sustaining the Jewish community
Jvhri
Mel and Patty Alperin /André BlaisFor decades, Jewish communities across North America have organized themselves by establishing Jewish communal institutions responding to the urgent needs of the times. Jewish Federations, in particular, and now the 
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Iraqi Jews Seek to Prevent Return of Religious Artifacts to Iraq
Voice of America
WASHINGTON — Maurice Shohet shuffles through a box full of old black-and-white photos and reminisces about growing up in Baghdad, in one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities. The snapshots show family weddings and bar-mitzvahs, and there’s 
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New UJA Federation Head Seeks More Invlovement With NY’s Orthodox Jewish 
Yeshiva World News
uja goldstein Newly elected CEO and executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, Eric Goldstein says he’ll seek inroads between the UJA and the Modern Orthodoxcommunity and other religious communities. Goldstein, 54, will succeed John 
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Celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness Month
Jvhri
Shelly Christensen, Consultant and Co-Founder of JDAM, shares her thoughts on the enterprise with The Jewish Voice readers, “Jewish Disability Awareness Month is a catalyst for change in Jewish communities and organizations and is proof that 
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Indyk to Jewish leaders: Framework peace plan to arrive in weeks
Jerusalem Post
Indyk appeared relaxed and jovial throughout the call, participants said, at one point chiding callers for not asking about Palestinian incitement, considering it always comes up when he talks to Jewish communities and in his meetings with Israeli 
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Hackers Hit European Jewish News Site
Arutz Sheva
A group of Turkish hackers took down the site of the European Jewish Press, which provides news updates on Jewish communities in Europe, overnight Wednesday. The hackers replaced the content of the site with anti-Israel slogans, including threats to 
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Welcome to the two-track community
Jewish Chronicle
In an age of big data, our community is right up there. We now have the information to help us make the important decisions about the future. The 2011 Census has given us literally millions of Jewish demographic, geographic, and socio-economic facts 
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Don’t Forget Jewish Poverty in Europe
Algemeiner
Jews and Jewish communities have not been immune from this economic downturn, and since 2008 they have turned to us, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), for help. The basis of our current approach was forged in Argentina at the 
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Building Local Jewish Communities, One House at a Time

 22.01.2014

Meet Dan, Benji, Sarah and Samantha, four roommates in Washington, DC, whose paths intersected when they all became Moishe House residents. Today, their home is a center of gravity for young Jews in the community who, like them, want to create and share Jewish experiences with friends.

Moishe House is a network of nearly 60 houses in 14 countries that fills a void in the Jewish community created by the growing gap between college years and family life.

Every Moishe House is run by a group of 3-5 young adult residents who are provided with rent subsidies and a program budget to host an average of six monthly events for peers in their community.

What started as a house for four friends in Oakland, California, to host Shabbat dinners has grown into a global network that provides opportunities for 60,000-plus young adults annually.

We partner with organizations like Moishe House because we believe change IS possible

The Jewish Communities of the Western United States

 23.01.2014

Speaker: Steven Windmueller
Date: July 15, 2010
The Jewish Communities of the Western United States

Twenty-five percent of all American Jews live in the Western United States representing a distinctive and growing voice within Jewish life. Different types of Western Jewish communities have emerged, reflecting unique economic and social factors. Western Jews have taken on many of the attributes associated with their region. The pioneering and independent spirit of the region has fostered special Jewish communal and religious models. Experimentation has typified Jewish life in this part of the world. Distance from the “capital” of American Jewry, New York, has led to institutional conflicts that have further separated Western Jewry form the rest of the community.

Prof. Steven Windmueller served as Dean of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion from June 2006 until June 2010. He currently holds the College’s Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Chair in Jewish Communal Service. He is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. From 1995 to 2006, Prof. Windmueller was director of the College’s School of Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, and for twelve years before that as a federation director in upstate New York. He holds a doctorate in international relations form the University of Pennsylvania.

The Challenges of the Jewish Community in Scotland

23.01.2014

Speaker: Ephraim Borowski
Date: July 16, 2009
The Challenges of the Jewish Community in Scotland

The Jewish Community in Scotland face a number of issues; a slight growth in anti-Semitism, which could be attributed to events in the Middle East, governmental cooperation, and mainly the maintenance of Jewish identity. ScoJec, Scottish Council of Jewish Communities headed by Ephraim Barowski, is trying to enhance cooperation between the Jewish Community and the government in Scotland to find viable solutions in order to tackle these issues. This lecture analyzes the ongoing threats that face the Jewish Community in Scotland and explain Scojec’s role in eliminating the challenges that threaten Scottish Jewry.

Ephraim Borowski is the director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. He is the former head of the Philosophy Department of the University of Glasgow and a ministerial appointee to the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Borowski also holds an MBE MA BPHIL.

Turning Disaster into Opportunity: The Jewish Community of New Orleans after Katrina

23.01.2014

Speaker: Michael Weil
Date: March 3, 2009
Turning Disaster into Opportunity: The Jewish Community of New Orleans after Katrina

The topics discussed include a description of the impact of Katrina on the Jewish community of Greater New Orleans, the strategic planning process, how opportunities presented by disasters were identified, new initiatives and the rebuilding and rebranding of the Jewish community, the organizational changes and institutional strengthening and implications for Jewish communities around the world.

Michael J. Weil is the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. An economist by training, born and educated in Great Britain, he has spent most of his career working in strategic development, renewal, and urban planning. Weil was instrumental in leading New Orleans’s Jewish Community’s strategic planning process of rebuilding and renewal. This program has already brought over 600 newcomers to the Jewish community. Prior to this Weil was a policy research fellow at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI). Weil was recently voted one of the 50 most influential Jews in America by the Forward newspaper.

Immigration to Israel slowing — except from France

Washington Post – Known as the Jewish state, Israel is 75 percent Jewish; most of the rest of the population is Muslim, with a smaller number of Christians, Druze

Federations applaud Senate support for Holocaust survivors

Heritage Florida Jewish News – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Special Committee on Aging today heard Holocaust survivors, their family members and Jewish community 

The ‘Homeland’ is the Homeland History Exhibit’s Rightful Home

Algemeiner – Archeologist Bahat includes in The Forgotten Generations a map showing 100 homeland Jewish communities, scattered all over the land, during 9th 

Pig heads sent to synagogue, Israeli embassy and museum in Rome
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Daniele Nahum, a spokesman for the Jewish community in Milan, tweeted that the delivery to the synagogue was “an insult to those who identify with the values of our Constitution.” His tweet came before the other two incidents were made public. Rome 
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JCC’s Rosen campus celebrates five years

Heritage Florida Jewish News – When the Jewish Community Center’s Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando campus celebrated its grand opening in fall 2009, leaders of the project 
Jewish bakery evolves to cater to East London’s new clientele

NorthJersey.com – Clive Bettington, chairman of the Jewish East End Celebration Society, estimates the East End’s Jewish population has fallen from more than 150,000 

United Jewish Fund sets ‘Super Sunday’ appeal

Buffalo News –  by 10 percent if it’s more than $1,000, will receive a gift certificate for $10 at the Meyers Family Cafe in the Jewish Community Center in Getzville.

Moscow Jewish Museum to hold Holocaust remembrance events

Russia Beyond The Headlines – Diplomats, representatives of Russian entities and international organizations, Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, Federation of Jewish Communities in 
Biannual Jewish Film Festival to be held Sunday
Charleston Gazette
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For 14 years, Charleston’s Jewish Film Festival has had one goal: to promote greater understanding between the Jewish community and the larger community it has flourished in for more than a century. “These film festivals are 
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United Jewish Fund sets ‘Super Sunday’ appeal
Buffalo News
 Isenberg announced that anyone who increases a pledge by $100 or more, or who increases a donation by 10 percent if it’s more than $1,000, will receive a gift certificate for $10 at the Meyers Family Cafe in the Jewish Community Center in Getzville.
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United Jewish Appeal sets ‘Super Sunday’ appeal
Buffalo News
 Isenberg announced that anyone who increases a pledge by $100 or more, or who increases a donation by 10 percent if it’s more than $1,000, will receive a gift certificate for $10 at the Meyers Family Cafe in the Jewish Community Center in Getzville.
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Hungary at UN apologizes for role in the Holocaust
Jerusalem Post
NEW YORK- The Hungarian Ambassador to the United Nations publicly took responsibility for its role in the Holocaust during a memorial in New York on Thursday, only days after the local Jewish community accused the government of engaging in Holocaust 
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Joint faith school campus a step closer after talks
Herald Scotland
The council agreed last October to hold an informal consultation with the Catholic andJewish communities. Director of education Mhairi Shaw met parents’ groups from Calderwood Lodge and St Cadoc’s, as well as school chaplains. Meetings have been held 
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Rabbi Harvey J. Fields, 78, longtime leader of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, has 
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Fields also foresaw the changing demographics of the Los Angeles Jewish communityas it moved from east to west, He provided the impetus and fundraising skill to establish the new, second campus for the congregation, the Audrey and Sidney Irmas 
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Thirteen Ways Chabad Shluchos Inspire Us
Chabad.org
Upholding the kosher standard of the home—symbolized by separating the challah dough—is one of the three mitzvahs entrusted to Jewish women. These meals, which seamlessly blend tradition and exotic dishes, are a particular feat in communitiesthat 
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Israeli government pushes for ultra-Orthodox men to work
The Seattle Times
Israeli government pushes for ultra-Orthodox men to work. For men, the ultra-OrthodoxJewish community values full-time religious study. Many such men live outside mainstream Israeli society. The government has made pushing them into the workforce one 
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Immigration to Israel slowing — except from France
Washington Post
Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident who is now chairman of the Jewish Agency, a semi-governmental organization that promotes aliyah in Jewish communities worldwide, said he has felt for several years that emigration from France was about to 
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