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  • MetroWest campaign matching donors with needs

    June 20, 2011 | 10:16 am

    United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, N.J., has launched a new endowment campaign that will match community needs with donor interests.

    MetroWest Tomorrow, which was launched last week, has raised $70 million toward a $100 million goal in programmatic endowments over the next...

  • UJC closing in on new leadership team

    May 28, 2009 | 3:35 pm

    In the coming days, the leadership picture of the central organization of the North American Jewish federation system is expected to become clearer.

    Ever since the CEO of the United Jewish Communities, Howard Rieger, announced that he would be leaving his post at the end of August,...

  • As Jewish communities unite, disconnects persist

    By Tom Tugend

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Howard Rieger, the top professional of organized American Jewry as president and chief executive officer of the national organization United Jewish Communities (UJC), figures that criticism comes with the territory.

    "Any time you make changes, some people will admire you and some...

  • Ethiopian advocates push for 8,500 more olim

    By Ben Harris

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With Israel's Interior Ministry on the verge of bringing its Ethiopian aliyah operation to a close, a coalition of Ethiopian advocacy groups is pressing the government to add another 8,500 would-be immigrants for the ministry's consideration.

    For now it seems nothing short of a court...

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  • UJC reaches out to young innovators

    By Jacob Berkman

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A self-described professional Jewish lesbian. A Web guru who calls himself the Orthodox Anarchist. A young, Oscar-winning producer.

    The United Jewish Communities (UJC) looked to this group and their disenfranchised peers for help at its annual General Assembly (GA) in Nashville in...

  • Rethinking the system: How Federations might adjust

    By Gary Tobin

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    North American federations could and should be doing much better than they are. They matter. They are important. They embody the ideas of community, common cause and the ability to respond to collective concerns. They are vital institutions, and we want them to succeed.

    Federations...

  • UJC realigns to remain central in challenging times

    By Joseph Kanfer

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For generations, the North American Jewish federation system has stood as the central address of Jewish philanthropy -- demonstrating from generation to generation the power of our collective to build our community.

    The 155 federations of United Jewish Communities and 400 smaller...

  • Olmert downgrades aid from American Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    [JERUSALEM, Aug. 8] "You are not to directly quote the prime minister," Ehud Olmert's press handler told a group of American Jewish journalists I've been traveling with this week.

    This directive came today as we sat in a conference room in Olmert's Jerusalem offices. It seemed a...
  • Briefs: Mass Shoah grave discovered in Ukraine; Report: Israel wants to talk with Syria; German Jews decry aliyah push

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mass Grave Discovered in Ukraine

    The Associated Press reported Tuesday on the discovery in May of a previously unknown mass grave in southern Ukraine that may contain remains of thousands of Jews killed by the Nazis. The report says that the finding came by accident, when gas...
  • Reports shed new light on irrational Iran debate

    By Murray Fromson

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly two weeks ago, Ted Koppel contributed some desperately needed perspective to the irrational debate about Iran and its so-called nuclear threat. It was something we did not hear days before, listening to Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert at the General Assembly (GA) of the...
  • Many aging Shoah survivors are living a new nightmare

    By Marc Ballon

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sammy Moscovitz sits alone in his drab one-room Los Angeles apartment watching cable TV and wondering how he ended up like this.

    Like the frayed sweatshirt he wears, the 75-year-old Holocaust survivor looks tired and a bit rundown. He owns a bed, a dresser, a television, some...

  • ‘Top 400’ misses full picture of Jewish philanthropic giving

    By Jacob Berkman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish groups annually look to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of top 400 fundraising organizations the way the business world looks to the Forbes Fortune 500 list -- to see how well Jewish philanthropy is doing.

    This year's list, called "Philanthropy 400," placed 24 Jewish...

  • Fishel to Play Key Falash Mura Role

    By Marc Ballon

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel took his seat on the jetliner and glanced across the aisle. Seated near the president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was an Ethiopian woman. Resplendent in traditional garb, she cradled an infant in her arms and looked lovingly at her toddler son seated...

  • Falash Mura Plight Stirs Support in U.S.

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps no single party outside the Israeli government is as vital to Ethiopian aliyah as the American Jews committed to help paying for it.

    So this month, when the United Jewish Communities (UJC) brought a group of 100 people from America's wealthiest Jewish communities, including...

  • A Single Problem

    By Rob Eshman

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I have a perfect record in setting up my friends on dates: I have struck out every single time. I am 0 for 20, maybe worse. Only one relationship that I tried to initiate made it past the first date. That one lasted for four years and ended in tears, anguish and confusion. The only...

  • Celebs Stick to Their Tzedakah Box Job

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Frankie Muniz, star of the TV show, "Malcolm in the Middle," had little idea what he was making as he glued colored cotton balls and beads onto a metallic container with a slot on top.

    Muniz, who isn't Jewish, knew it had something to do with "Living Generously," the theme of a...

  • Study of UJC Merger Finds Unhappiness

    By Tom Tugend

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    American Jewish leaders who created the United Jewish Communities (UJC) umbrella organization out of three separate ones in 1999 are largely frustrated and disappointed by the outcome of their labor, with some scoring the missed chance to form a truly representative and...

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker Find Me a Job

    By E.B. Solomont

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Benjamin Brown found out a master's degree in Jewish history didn't help him much in finding a job. So a few years ago, Brown, 29, launched an employment Web site for the Jewish community, which he named JewishJobs.com. The initiative seems to have been a success: Brown not only...

  • Young Ambassadors in Israel Prepare for Return Home

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is unanimity on one point only: Two young Irvine women, who are midway through a 10-month subsidized stay in Israel, will return home next June speaking conversational Hebrew.

    But little else is certain as both girls' parents predict their offspring will return changed by the...

  • Rabbis for Rent

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If, like 82 percent of American Jewry, you are unaffiliated with a temple or synagogue, but still desire a rabbi to officiate at your special occasion, then telecommunications engineer David Segal of Phoenix, Ariz., has designed a Web site just for you.

    The site is...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales seminar,...

  • UJC Israel Campaign Sets Priorities

    By Julie Wiener

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The North American Jewish federation system has designated five priority areas for allocating funds from its Israel emergency campaign.

    More than $119 million has been raised, most of it since April 8, when the national campaign was officially launched, according to officials of the...

  • An Impressive Show of Support

    By Michel Aushenker

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel and a who's who of prominent community leaders and New York politicians participated in "We Stand With Israel -- Now and Forever," a live telecast co-sponsored by...

  • UJC’s Challenge

    By Stewart Ain

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The outgoing chairman of the United Jewish Communities (UJC), Charles Bronfman, has challenged the UJC leadership to "change the perception out there that rich, old guys who write big checks are the only ones who count."

    "There are rich young men and women, who may or may not write...

  • Tour of Gratitude

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On the surface, they may not seem to share much in common. Victoria Gendel is a charming, pixyish Russian woman. Elias Inbram is a tall, photogenic Ethiopian male. However, both are Jewish 20-something college students who grew up in small, isolated villages and are now living in...

  • Traveling Salesman

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Gerald "Jerry" C. Lasensky describes himself as the Jewish community's traveling salesman, road warrior and itinerant emissary.

    For a more formal title, Lasensky, whose round face and white beard lend him a touch of the leprechaun, is the Western regional director of the United Jewish...

  • Pillar of the Communities

    By Julie Wiener

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a sign that the new Jewish buzzwords of "renaissance and renewal" are intrinsically linked to education, a top Jewish education professional has been tapped to oversee a national push to infuse Jewish life with more meaning.

    One of four pillars that will set the agenda for the...

  • Jewish Philanthropy, From A to C

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There was a sort of informal poll conducted among the delegates who gathered in Atlanta last week for the annual assembly of America's Jewish welfare federations.

    The agency that convened them, the newly-designated United Jewish Communities, had scheduled a series of discussions for...

  • Managing the Bitter Debate Ahead

    By James D

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Next month, Prime Minister Ehud Barak will travel to Atlanta for the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, the central philanthropic and service organization in the American Jewish world.

    Israeli officials say that one goal will be to renew his appeal for Jewish unity as...

  • The Youngest Victims

    By Daphna Edwards Ziman

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On May 3, filmmaker Daphna Edwards Ziman accompanied a delegation from United Jewish Communities on a humanitarian mission to help the Kosovar refugees. The group brought food and medical supplies to the refugees and airlifted mothers and children from the camps in Albania and...