Jewish federations will likely be hit hard by federal budget cuts. With less money to go around, it may be difficult to maintain funding for both social services and Jewish identity programs.
One week after the Hampton Designer Showhouse Gala Preview Cocktail Party, held July 23 in Bridgehampton, N.Y., to benefit Southampton Hospital, I met with two of the 25 interior designers who had been chosen to decorate a room in the Showhouse: Gideon Mendelson, head of New York City based Mendelson Group, and Keith Baltimore of Baltimore Design Group, which is based in Port Washington, N.Y. Never again will I look at a professionally designed room without reflecting on some of the philosophical imperatives about the use of space and the function of design postulated by these two designers.
Israel’s protest movement has asserted its power on the streets. But is not at all clear whether the post-partisan outpouring will translate into political change.5
After the murder of little Leiby Kletzky, one Orthodox group said Jews should consult a rabbi before reporting child abuse suspicions. Another said that stance could endanger kids.23
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