30th of July 2014 / Serving Oregon & Southwest Washington since 1959

Funders should encourage collaboration to solve social problems

I have worked in four different Jewish Federations throughout my career—each with its own unique history, culture, and business practices.
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In Baltimore (100,000 Jews raise $31 million), the federation remains THE single fundraising arm for the organized Jewish community (beneficiary agencies of the federation do not raise money on their own). This “leverage” provides tremendous oversight and influence over the Jewish communal agencies and the work they do.  read more »

Progressive Jews can partner with evangelical Christians

Should progressive Jews engage with pro-Israel Christian fundamentalists?  read more »

A new locus for Jewish life

Over the past 21 years, we have watched the Oregon Jewish Museum grow from a museum in name only—because it had no venue, no public place, no exhibit galleries, no curatorial workspace, no place to call home—to what just this December became the most stimulating and gratifying new locus or nexus of Jewish life here.  read more »

Conversion issue a challenge, not an impasse

NEW YORK (JTA)—As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch recently, a group of Israeli soldiers shuffled into classrooms at the Jewish Agency’s Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem.  read more »

As Israeli Editors see it

The Jerusalem Post commnets that “Many states in the region suffer from the same problems—unemployment, slow growth, corrupt government, aging dictators—that brought Tunisians out to protest.  read more »

SNAP needs support to help feed hungry

As someone with decades of experience in anti-poverty programs, I have witnessed the important role government plays in helping families living from paycheck to paycheck. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, helps millions of responsible, hardworking Americans put food on the table for their families.  read more »

Embassy move now could help peace process

It may have been easy to miss, but in early June, the Obama administration announced that it was postponing for another six months the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  read more »

As Israeli Editors See It

Yediot Aharonot opines that “You have to be an idiot to rejoice at the fall of Obama.  read more »

Setting the record straight: Israel justified in intercepting blockade runner

Israel’s interception of the flotilla attempting to break the Gaza blockade has been the focus of massive international attention—and condemnation.  read more »

Kissinger apology falls short

NEW YORK (JTA)—’Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except, of course, Henry Kissinger’s publicists and strategists  read more »

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