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PAGE 18A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 06, 2009 By Jacob Berkman JDC officials say the money it insider said. "You don't want organization, the UJC/Jewish nization as soon as it found all of our obligations will have The Fundermentalist receives from the federations people to start looking for new Federations of North America. takers for its four remaining been met." is its most important funding, jobs if they don't have to." Some JDC board members, publications. Sh'ma, JBooks, JVillage is a for-profit com- NEW YORK (JTA)The The federation money is used JDC's regional directorsaccording to sources at the JVibe and Babaganewz. And pany started last March that board of the American Jewish tocovertheorganization'score throughout the world have meetings, seemingly wereafterplacingSh'maandJBooks helps synagogues and other Joint Distribution Committee budget,- providing JDC with been tasked with identifying ready to get out the pitchforks this summer.itagreedrecently Jewish nonprofits set up Web went into its meetings two the flexibility to fill gaps. More cuts---a process that won't be andtorches.Blatmostlikelythe to cede JVibe to the social sites and then use social me- weeks ago with some difficult important, JDC says it lever- easy, insiders say. The organi- organizationwilloptforamore media network JVillage and dia and other online tools to decisions to make about its ages the federation money to zation has contractual obliga- cooperative approach, work- Babaganewz to the publisher create networks in an attempt budget. Now. those inside the help raise funds for designated tions to outside funders. Also, ing with Jewish federations to of "Jewish learning material to broaden and engage their $300 million international aid donations for specific projects anydecisiontocutsignificantly better sell JDC's story tl5 local and books Behrman House membership bases. organization say, the tough and secure government grants fromaprogramcouldhelpclose donors and launch some sort Publishing. This summer, Sh'ma was workwill happen over the next in the countries in which the thebudgetgapintheshortterm of special campaign. The deals, which have not taken over by the Lippman- two months, organizationoperates.InIsrael, but end up burning Important TheJDCaisoistalkingaboutbeen announced publicly,Kanfer Foundation, which TheJDCis facingsignificant oneJDCofficialestimated, each bridges over the long term. how far it can dipinto its $100 became official this week.And will build an organization cuts--an estimated $31 mil- dollarspentfromthefederation "You may save $500,000 million endowment to close JFL, which was the landlord at around the magazine on Jew- lion--according to the pro- moneytranslatesintoanadded in core money, but you kill a some of its budget gap. That an office space at90 Oak St. in ish thought. And JBooks was posedbudgetfor2010thatwas $8 in private and government program and lose credibility," could be tricky as well. The Newton, Mass., where several taken over by its publisher, placedin frontoftheboardOct, funding, said one insider who spoke on organization uses the endow- other Jewish nonprofits rented Ken Gordon. 25-26 at the Helmsley Hotel in According to a copy of the condition of anonymity, ment as collateral each year space, has handedover itslease By finding takers for all of midtown Manhattan. proposed budget obtained by JDC officials have contin- to take out tens of millions of to two of its renters. JFL's products, Cohen has For months the organiza- JTA. the organization is aim- ued to be tight-lipped about short-term, low-interest loans "JFL is in the process of dis- met the board's goals and tion has been trying to figure ing to cut its spending in the their suggestions to regional topayitsexpenseswhileitwaits solution," the organization's worked himself out of a job in out how to cope with declining former Soviet Union from $113 directors about which specific to receive its allocations frola CEO, Amir Cohen, told The the process. But he is voicing allocations from the North million to $111 million and in programs should be cut. But the federations. Fundermentalist. "We have no regrets. American Jewish federation Israelfrom$148millionto$130 according to the insider, the Learning from Jewish Fam- filed an application with the "Ifyou told me on May l that system, which JDC estimates million.Itislookingtocutfrom director of the operations in ily&Life state of Massachusetts to be alloftheeditorsofourpublica- will drop from $37 million in $30 million to $27 million in the former Soviet Union was What lessons can be learned dissolved. It should not be too tionswouldhavekepttheirjobs 2009 to $34 million in 2010, CentralEurope, andfrom$11.8 directed "not to cancel feeding from the end of JFL. thecomplicated, provided that andallthatwantedtokeeptheir and perhaps lower, millionto$10.2miUioninLatin hungry Jews, instead cancel an nonprofit incubator of Jewish we meet all of our obligations jobs would have jobs, I would Thougha$3milliondecrease America. identity project." projects? financially.Atthistime, JFLhas have said that you are a crazy from the federations may seem "The system isvery itchy now The board meeting featured The board of JFL. which followedaplanthatbeganatour optimist," he said. like a drop in the bucket for an and jittery because everybody some heated talk about how was started more than 12board retreat on April 30-May This column was adapted organization that still aims to knows that in Israel and the JDC should approach the fed- years ago, decided in late April I that would lead us to a point from TheFundermentalist. spend $300 million next year. FSU there will be cuts," one erations and their umbrella that it would sunset the orga- that when all is said and done. corn, JTA's philanthropy blog. NEW YORK (JTA) More ,eluded on the list each took money that passes through ilyonpatronswhoworkinthe which took in $87.5 million Yeshiva Univeristy (108) than20Jewishcharitieswere in more than $55 million, from local federations to financial services industry, in2008, were new to the list. and Brandeis Univeristy featured on the Chronicle of but they also saw some of the system's overseas arms, sawa26.9 percent drop. The TheAmericanJewishCom- (239) made the list. in addi- Philanthropy's Philanthropy the biggest individual drops the American Jewish Joint Jewish federations in San mitteeandtheJewishFedera- tion to the U.S:-based fund- 400. despite some serious in donations. Distribution Committee and Francisco and NewYorksaw tion of Greater Philadelphia raisingarm of the Weizman drops in fund raising. The country's largest Jew- the Jewish Agency for Israel. 28.8and21.3percentfalloffs. dropped from lastyear's list. Institute of Science (286). The annual ranking of top ish charity, the Jewish Fed- as well as federations' dues respectively. Thetop-rankingfederation Several national organiza- money-collectingnonprofits erations of North America, to the national group, money And Hadassah, thoughitson the Chronicle's list was tions also finished in the looked at charitable collec- formerly known as the United from special campaigns and officials have worked hard to New York's, which despite top400. tionsfor2008,ayearinwhich Jewish Communities, tookin an annual grant the system avoidbeinghurtbythefallout its drop in support finished In all, according to the many charities felt the pain $398.5 million but its dona- receives from the U.S. gov- from the Madoffscandal, saw No. 111 with $177.5 million. Chronicle, donations to the oftherecessionandtheearly tions fell by 25.3 percent, ernment, its donations drop by nearly In addition to New York and country's largest charities failoutfrom BernardMadoff's The tally for the umbrella The Jewish Communal half, to just over $85 million MetroWest. seven other local grew by 1 percent last year. Ponzi scheme, organization of the Jewish Fund of New York. a donor- in 2008. federations made the list: But many of the organiza- The Jewish charities in- federation system consists of advised fundthat relies hear- Meanwhile, one of the big- Chicago (132), San Francisco tions listed closed their fiscal gest gainers on the list was (181), Boston (197), Detroit years in June or September, theUnitedJewishCommuni-(274), Cleveland (346), Los before the recession truly ties of MetroWestNewJersey, Angeles (349) and Baltimore took hold. which saw its contributions (355). Communal funds in The Chronicle expects the grow 71.4 percent to $78.8 Los Angeles (241)and San 1 percent ificrease to drop million. MetroWest and the Diego (317) made the list, in precipitously in 2009, and Birthright Israel Foundation, addition to New York's (55). perhaps further in 2010. Contact Kim Olson, (863) 815-113, JUDY CHICAGO: Jewish Identity Retrospective of famed feminist artist that illuminates the impact of her roots on her identity. This exhibit was curated by the artist and Laura Kruger of Hebrew Union College Museum, New York City. Judith, place setting from The Dinner Parry, Judy Chicago 1979, Photograohic Documentation, Photo Donald Woodman The Creation. Birth Project, Judy Chicago 1985 Bury the Hatchet. Resolutions: A Stitch in 7~me. Judy Chicago 2000. NeedlwOrk by Lynda Paterson. Assisted by Jane Thompson & Mar~ Ewan~ki Exhibit runs thru February 7, 2010 Also enjoy our core exhibit MOSAIC: ewish Life in Florida, more art exhibits, Museum Store and Bessie's Bistro Jewish Museum "of Florida e ..... 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 Tel: 305.672.5044 - %-,o.O'~ ~ MIAMtBEACH llouars: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-Spm. Closed Mondays & Jewish & Civil Holidays Bring this ad in for 2 for 1 admission HFJN Jewish charities on Top 400 list: See how they ranked NEWYORK (JTA)--The Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its annual list of the larg- est 400 nonprofits. Many Jewish ones are on the list, though some suffered a drop in support from the previous year. Here's how the Jewish nonprofits on the list 2008 by rank, level of private support and performance compared to 2007. 40. Jewish Federations of North America: $398,400,000 (-25.3 percent) 55. Jewish Communal Funds (New York): $299,300,000 (-26.9 percent) 71. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: $244,700,000 (+1.3 percent) 108. Yeshiva University: $182,880,000 (+23.8 percent) 111. United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York: $177,500,000 (-21.3 percent) 132. Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago: $157,300.000 (-19.8 percent) 181. Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties: $120,000.000 (-28.8 percent) 197. Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston: $107.600,000 (+5 percent) 239. Brandeis University: $89,400,000 (+3.6 percent) 241. Jewish Community Foundation (Los Angeles): $89,000.000 (-5.9 percent) 246. Birthright Israel Foundation: $87,600,000 (n/a) 253. Hadassah, the Women's Zionist.Organization of America: $85.620,000 (-49.9 percent) 274. United Jewish Foundation and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit: $79,200,000 (+ILl percent) 276. United Jewish Communities of MetroWe: : $78,800,000 (+71.4percent) 286. American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science: $75.370,000 (-29.2 percent) 293. P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds: $73,900,000 (+22.9 percent) 308. Anti-Defamation League: $68,250,000 (n/a) 312. American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology: $67,800,000 (+5.9 percent) 317. Jewish Community Foundation for San Diego: $67,000,000 (+53.4 percent) 346. Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland: $58.590,000 (-21.5 percent) 349. Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles: $57,930,000 (n/a) 355. TheAssociated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore: $56,350,000 (-ll.4percent) 361. Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS: $55,290.000 (-13.6 percent)