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Reporters’ Roundtable: JDC, JAFI and the Dispute Over Funding Priorities

A disagreement between the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee about how communal dollars should be spent overseas is the topic of this week’s Forward Reporters’ Roundtable. Reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis moderates a conversation between Forward editor Jane Eisner and staff writer Gal Beckerman, both of whom recently reported on the agencies’ conflict. They discuss the agencies’ respective missions, and the framing of the dispute as a battle between those who think that more Jewish communal dollars should be spent on eliminating Jewish poverty and those who would like to see an influx of funds go toward Jewish identity-building projects.

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