|May 24, 2010
Sivan 11, 5770
|More than 260 volunteers answered the call
They all came to volunteer, the young and the not so young; they rolled up their sleeves to do whatever was needed: cleaning, knitting, cooking, shlepping, painting, planting, car washing, preparing mailings, singing and more.
Our community came out in force to help many accross our county from Rhinebeck to Beacon to Amenia to Poughkeepsie, the Jewish community said "Hineni" ("Here I am"). Look next week for the photos of the day!
Jewish Federation New Website
"E-Ring" (Employment Related Information and Networking Group) provides information, opportunities for networking, and emotional
support to those engaged in the job-seeking process. It is open to
all, free of charge, and provides speakers from local organization on
topics related to job-seeking and training. The next meeting will take
place on Friday, May 21st at 1 p.m. at the JCCDC. The meeting for
June will take place on Friday, June 18, and the July meeting will
take place on Friday, July 23 at 1.p.m. For further information,
please contact Linda Tafapolsky, Psy.D., Director of Jewish Family
Services at 845-471-9817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Ring is a program of Jewish Family Services, a division of the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County
|Bringing women together for peace
They arrive with ideas for waste management, new media, health clinics and environmental education, speaking Arabic or Hebrew. Funded by the US federal government, 10 aspiring women entrepreneurs - five from Jordan and five from Israel - are heading to the United States this month to engage in a mini-MBA experience that will hopefully, ultimately advance peace in the Middle East.
Prof. Meir Russ, an Israeli-American academic living and working in the US at the University of Wisconsin, came up with the idea that may both advance disadvantaged women and build peace among nations.
"We focused on women first because there is a social impact. They are changing the social fabric of society," emphasizing that the ultimate goal from the US side is to promote business development and improve trilateral relations among the US, Jordan and Israel.
Coming from Israel, Russ knows that despite the official peace treaty, nothing much has been done to encourage relationships between the citizens of Jordan and Israel. After meeting a colleague who was bringing Jordanian students to the US to learn entrepreneurial practices, Russ conceived a joint project that would forge connections between the US and both Israel and Jordan, and worked to convince the State Department to provide funding.
"I know how entrepreneurial Israel is," Russ says, "and I know that there are pockets of women from Ethiopia [in Israel] and Arab Muslim women who are not getting the same opportunities as others, and thought about bringing some of them to the US." Not to mention that connecting Israel to Jordan through entrepreneurial activities, also, "serves a bigger purpose," he adds.
It was easy for the organizers to find willing participants from Israel, including women from the Israeli Arab sector. It was a tougher job finding qualified candidates in Jordan, but with the help of colleagues there, Russ managed to find them and is now looking forward to meeting the women next month in the US.
"Some already have academic and professional backgrounds related to business, while others have little business background but good entrepreneurial ideas," says coordinator Jay Harris. "All of them have been able to explain how they can benefit from our training program."
On the Jordanian side, partners include the American Chamber of Commerce in Amman and the King Abdullah Fund for Development; while in Israel, the Israel-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will help to coordinate ongoing activities.
Co-sponsors include the BIRD Foundation of the United States and Israel, and TRIDE (Tri-lateral Industrial Development) - an alliance promoting investment, research and development by bringing together US, Israeli and Jordanian interests.
Opportunities for Jewish Activities
Monday, May 24th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, May 24th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, May 25th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Tuesday, May 25th - Jewish Federation Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 26th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch & Learn Program. 11:30 AM at the JCC
Thursday, May 27th - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck
Thursday, May 27th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information
Thursday, May 27th - Talmud Study at Beth-El
Sunday, May 30th - Memorial Day Service at Beth-El Cemetery
Monday, May 31st - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Monday, May 31st - MEMORIAL DAY
Tuesday, June 1st - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Wednesday, June 2nd - JFS/JCCDC Lunch & Learn Program. 11:30 AM at the JCC
Thursday, June 3rd - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck
Thursday, June 3rd - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information
Sunday, June 6th - MARCH FOR ISRAEL PARADE IN DUTCHESS COUNTY
Sunday, June 6th - Annual Cocktail and Raffle at Schomre Israel
Monday, June 7th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, June 7th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, June 8th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Wednesday, June 9th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn. 11:30 AM at the JCC
Thursday, June 10th - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck
Thursday, June 10th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information
Sunday, June 13th - Jewish Health, Jewish Medicine at Temple Beth-El
Monday, June 14th - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, June 14th - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Monday, June 14th - Major Gifts Event in support of the 2010 JFDC Community Campaign
Tuesday, June 15th - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Wednesday, June 16th - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
Thursday, June 17th - Prayer and Torah Study in Rhinebeck
Thursday, June 17th - Yiddish Group at the JCCDC. Call 471-0430 for more information
Monday, June 21st - JFS Bereavement Group
Monday, June 21st - Adult Hebrew Classes at Schomre Israel
Tuesday, June 22nd - Talmud Study at Vassar Temple
Tuesday, June 22nd - JFDC Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 23rd - JFS/JCCDC Lunch and Learn
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