Navigating philanthropy: An insider’s perspective

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July 6, 2015 -     Starting a blog on the Times of Israel has been on my radar since becoming the Program Director at the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, where I oversee our organization’s work to strengthen the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Every day, I encounter so much in the world of pro-Israel advocacy — an Read More…

Reaching the tipping point for campus anti-Semitism

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June 30, 2015 -     ​​A wave of anti-Semitism is sweeping across American universities. During the 2014-2015 school year, resolutions calling for a boycott of the Jewish state were passed by 15 student governments — and considered by more than 15 others.   At UCLA, the student government passed a boycott resolution against Israel by a wide m Read More…

Pew and the Jews, Part 2: experts say leveraging poll data trumps numbers

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June 22, 2015 -     Posted on June 21, 2015 by JNS.org and filed under Features, Jewish Life, U.S.. Click photo to download. Caption: The Jewish Community Festival in Bellevue, Wash., in August 2007. At left is the booth of the Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound, which brings people together "to celebrate Jewish culture a Read More…

Moving and shaking: AFHU award dinner, TRZ Yom HaShoah event and fire safety at B’nai David-Judea

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June 11, 2015 -     by Ryan Torok   From left: New Community Jewish High School Head of School Bruce Powell and the de Toledo family — Benjamin, Aaron, Alyce and Philip. Photo courtesy of New Community Jewish High School New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) celebrated its upcoming name-change to de Toledo High School — which goes into effect July 1 Read More…

Joining forces to fight the anti-Israel boycott

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June 7, 2015 -     Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson convene Campus Maccabees Summit in Las Vegas, attended by 50 groups, to formulate strategy on how to defeat boycott campaign against Israel • Adelson: We must be united. Time has come to initiate and stop reacting. Boaz Bismuth Haim Saban, Sheldon Adelson and Dr. Miriam Adelson in Las Vegas this weeken Read More…

The Israeli-Americans: Who they are, what they want, where they’re headed, why they matter

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May 18, 2015 -     by Jared Sichel A crowd of about 10,000 gathered in Rancho Park for the 2014 Celebrate Israel Festival. Photo by Abraham Joseph Pal Last November, a group of ambitious Israeli-Americans captured the inside-the-Beltway limelight for a weekend with a large, flashy conference at the Washington Hilton. Among the highlights were billionaire busines Read More…

Tennessee General Assembly becomes first state legislature to condemn BDS

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April 22, 2015 -     Posted on April 21, 2015 by Sean Savage/JNS.org. A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel in Melbourne, Australia, on June 5, 2010. Credit: Mohamed Ouda via  Wikimedia Commons. (By Sean Savage/JNS.org) The Tennessee General Assembly on Tuesday became the first state legislature in the U Read More…

The Times of Israel: Building a community network to fight a hate network

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April 20, 2015 -     “Given your Jewish identity, how would you vote on divestment [from the State of Israel]?” Such was the question posed to Molly Horwitz this month, a junior at Stanford University, as she sought the endorsement of the Students of Color Coalition in her bid for student government. In March at UCLA, sophomore Rachel Beyda faced a similar Read More…

Jewish Journal: The Israeli-American Council (IAC) goes to Washington DC … and plans to stay

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March 5, 2015 -       From left: Congressmembers Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Israeli-American Council co-founder Adam Milstein at AIPAC conference. Photo courtesy of the Israeli-American Council       On the evening of March 1, just before a private Israeli-American Council (IAC) event for college students at the American Read More…

Kosher OC: Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation: Connecting and Getting Involved in the Cause

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March 2, 2015 -     Philanthropist Adam Milstein thinks there is a problem with the culture of many Jewish and pro-Israel organizations.  Because their priority is to raise funds, each one wants to stand out as the most important, effective organization.  “Just give us the money, and we can take care of it, is the way they present themselves,” he said.  If they Read More…