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FOLLOWING THE MONEY: A Look at Jewish Foundation Giving

FOLLOWING THE MONEY: A Look at Jewish Foundation Giving

Erik Ludwig and Aryeh Weinberg, IJCR, February 10, 2012

This summary examines giving characteristics of selected Jewish foundations with approximately $20 billion in combined assets who made grants of $1.4 billion to Jewish causes. The data revealed that perhaps the most important decision private foundations have made is to continue to provide significant support toward traditional centralized organizations while also seeding innovative Jewish projects and organizations. This “and/both” instead of “either/or” approach provides the Jewish community with support for core programs while maintaining the ability to research and develop new programs that meet contemporary needs.

Read the study's findings  

Call for Entries


The Institute for Jewish & Community Research announces the 2012 call for submissions for the Gary A. Tobin Awards for excellence in student reporting on anti-Semitism. Works produced by students are some of the most influential in setting the tone of campus discourse. The Tobin Award's goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus.

Opinion Makers
BerkleyThe Campaign Against Campus Anti-Semitism
Kenneth L. Marcus, Jointmedia News Service, January 30, 2012

Advocates are making progress, but they also face setbacks. There is no substitute for victory. Nevertheless, these cases have already yielded favorable results, regardless of their outcome on appeal.

Phyllis CheslerJews and Hindus: Building A Passage to India
Prof. Phyllis Chesler, Israel National News, January 11, 2012

Jews and Hindus have both been victims of attempted extermination by Islamics. A speech to Hindu youth in Pune.

throwing things at the bankerThe dangers of demonology
Schumpeter, The Economist, January 7, 2012

Ethnic minorities—most obviously the Jews in Europe and America but also the Chinese in Asia—have clustered in the financial sector first because they were barred from more "respectable" pursuits and later because success begets success. A survey in the Boston Review in 2009 found that 25% of non-Jewish Americans blamed Jews for the financial crisis.

Soldier with American Flag over statueWhatever happened to neoconservatism?
Ed West, The Telegraph, January 2, 2012

Neoconservatives are not conservatives as such but liberals who have fallen out with other liberals because they think non-Europeans should be held up to the same standards as everyone else.


Newton BeckerPro-Israel philanthropist Newton Becker dies at age 83

Ryan Torok, The Telegraph, January 4, 2012

Philanthropist Newton Becker died on Jan. 2, and with his death, the pro-Israel and Jewish communities have lost one of their biggest supporters.


Bar-Illan LogoNew program to combat anti-Semitism  

Noah Klieger, Ynetnews, January 29, 2012

A new international information center for combating anti-Semitism will be established at Bar-Ilan University.

Olive Tree FoundationAziz Duwaik, Palestinian Leader Who Secretly Met with UC Irvine Students, Held by Israel

Matt Coker, OC Weekly, January 24, 2012  


The disclosure of the secret meeting caused the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish & Community Research to brand the entire trip "a serious misuse of funds and gross violation of public trust."

Hought StreetU.K. school probes anti-Semitic incident involving Nazi game

Danna Harman, Haaretz, January 17, 2012  


Jewish student's nose gets broken after he asks to stop the anti-Semitic drinking game at a London School of Economics university ski vacation.

TurinItalian police probing Holocaust-denying teacher over threats

JTA, January 9, 2012  


Police in Turin are investigating a high school teacher who threatened in a Facebook post to massacre Jews and go "target shooting" against African immigrants.

Steven RubinIs Israel losing the battle?

Steve Rubin, Haaretz, January 5, 2012  


The de-legitimization of Israel is being perpetuated by the Jewish state's lack of a concrete plan to counter a new generation of anti-Israeli attitudes on college campuses.


CemetaryAnti-Semitism is still flourishing throughout Germany, study shows
Ofer Aderet, Haaretz, January 24, 2012  

About 20 percent of Germans have a "latent" hatred for Jews, according to a new study published by an independent committee of experts appointed by the German parliament.


Manfred GerstenfeldNo apologies to the Jews
Manfred Gerstenfeld, Ynetnews, January 9, 2012  

Will Dutch prime minister finally apologize for Holland's wartime misconduct?


Lithuanian PaperLithuanian paper prints anti-Semitic front page, December 21, 2011  

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed "disgust and outrage" over the frontpage of a Lithuanian tabloid newspaper that it termed a "blatantly anti-Semitic attack on the Lithuanian Jewish community."



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