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CAJE, the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, has announced the canceling of its annual conference because of ongoing financial difficulties and now has added that the CAJE organization will be closing its doors at the end of February. The CAJE conference has been the central professional development resource for supplementary and Hebrew school teachers across North America since the organization was founded 33 years ago. The CAJE administration has begun discussions with JESNA to explore how to fill the gap for Jewish educators across the country.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2009
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has pledged $7.1 million in social support to supplement three Russian school systems as a temporary lifeline. Or Avner, Shma Yisrael and ORT have been facing dramatic budget cuts over the last months forcing cutbacks in their educational and organizational activities. The IFCJ funds will go toward social support, such as school lunches and student bussing. The fellowship has also pledged $1 million to help support Heftsiba, the Israel Ministry of Education arm in the FSU.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2009
The faltering economy and shrinking funding have caused Jewish non profit organizations to dramatically cut back on activities and staffing. This new situation has been bringing Jewish institutions to consider how they can work together to streamline an organizational world that apparently has become too large to fund. The announcement last week that the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education was canceling its annual conference and seeking ways to provide its programmingwith the Jewish Educational Services of North America could indicate that more such moves are on the way.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2009
At a meeting of 35 of the largest Jewish foundations convened in New York on December 23, 2008 by the Jewish Funders Network to discuss responses to the damage caused by the massive alleged Madoff Ponzi scheme, the foundations decided to set up a clearinghouse to allow nonprofits to share resources, publicize their needs and callout if they are in danger.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2009
The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out the Chais Family Foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia. The foundation had been providing $2.5 million annually in funding for 12 cultural and educational programs in the FSU.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2008
Seven schools funded in part by Worldwide ORT are facing an extreme budget crunch in the wake of the worldwide financial crisis. The schools, from Moldova to Siberia, are the only option for Russian students seeking a non-Orthodox Jewish education in the former Soviet Union. Earlier this year, the Jewish Agency for Israel was forced to cut more than $1 million in funding for the ORT school system as part of an overall $45 million budget cut.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008
Over 3,000 federation lay and professional leaders from North America gathered in mid November, 2008 at the Binyanei HaUma international convention center in Jerusalem to attend the annual General Assembly (GA) of the United Jewish Communities (UJC). During the four days of deliberations, study tours, exhibitions, entertainment and formal and informal contact the cloud of global economic uncertainty and its effect on Jewish fundraising and philanthropy was the constant topic of conversation. The JTA has given the GA comprehensive coverage on its website.
Updated: Nov. 27, 2008
The third publication in the 'Making Jewish Education Work' series of JESNA's Publications and Dissemination Project, this report explores lessons learned from the evaluations of community/congregational school change efforts carried out by JESNA's Berman Center for Research and Evaluation in Jewish Education. By offering a synthesis of lessons learned from across the 10 complementary school initiatives, this report aims to be both a product of, and an advocate for, collaborative change efforts.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2008
Or Avner, the world's largest private Jewish educational network, which operates about 100 Jewish schools in Russia and other former Soviet republics as well as cultural and educational activities in more than 100 locales in the former Soviet Union, Israel, Germany and the United States is bracing for budget cuts. The network, headed and financed by Lev Leviev, is feeling the effects of the global economic crisis on the revenue and holdings of its major patron. The network has no intention of ceasing its activities, however in light of economic developments the management of Or Avner has decided to reexamine the suitability of its activities to the new budgetary realities.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2008
The 4th volume in PEJE's series on 'Noteworthy Practices in Jewish Day School Education' describes 22 schools and programs that serve diverse learners in day schools. This publication, produced in collaboration with the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston, draws together current information about noteworthy special education programs to meet the needs of professional and lay leaders, teachers and parents.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2008