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"If we just pay it, which we might,
then a quarter of a million dollars that
would have otherwise gone to benefi-
ciary agencies goes to communal
administrative support," Salkin said.
All of UJC's $42.5 million budget
comes from federations' dues.
UJC's CEO and president, Stephen
Hoffman, is in discussions with both
On the Birthright issue, the board
of trustees will discuss at its Nov. 20
meeting a proposal for the federations
to pay its overdue portion of the cost
of the initial five-year program.
The $210 million program, now in
its third year, was originally intended
as a partnership among Jewish mega-
philanthropists, the Israeli government
and the federations, which had com-
mitted $52.5 million over five years.
"We have a situation where we're
not producing enough federation
income to fulfill the commitments we
wanted to make to the Birthright pro-
gram," Hoffman said.
He said that a new plan is going to
be presented to do that for the
remainder of the five-year initial pro-
gram, "and we'll see if the federations
go along with it."
Beyond the issues of governance, the
delegates to the GA will grapple with a
host of pressing topics and what they
mean for the federation system, its
policies and funding priorities.
In addition to Jewish identity and
the crisis in Israel, these include impli-
cations of a new American political
landscape, the economic meltdown in
Argentina, the spread of worldwide
anti-Semitism and the prospect of a
U.S. war on Iraq.
For now, however, Israel seems
paramount in the minds of many
Since the spring, the federation sys-
tem has been engaged in an Israel
Emergency Campaign, and already
has raised more than $230 million for
But the GA also wants to focus on
This marks the first time in three
years that the UJC has formally held
a conference on Jewish renaissance
While each community must
address its particular challengers, it is
up to the UJC to "make sure the
overseas picture doesn't get lost in the
cacophony of local agency demands,"
Federation leaders should "tell our
donors that they can make all the
headaches go away. All they have to
do is increase their gifts." O
donate to charities.
wo major kosher food suppli-
ers are pledging to donate part
of their holiday food sales to
Empire Kosher Poultry is continu-
ing its annual Pound for Pound pro-
motion. Consumers must mail in the
weight labels from Empire turkeys or
.turkey breast packages purchased
between Nov. 4 and Jan. 17. Empire
will send Yad Ezra, the kosher food
bank in Berkley, an amount equal to
the total pounds on the labels.
In recent years, Detroit-area con-
sumers have submitted labels totaling
3,000 pounds, and the company has
donated between 4,000-5,000 pounds
to Yad Ezra.
Yad Ezra board member Les
Kleiman is Empire's local distributor
thriLagh his Morris Kosher Poultry in
Original labels or store receipts
should be mailed to: Pound for
Pound, Empire Kosher Poultry, RR5,
Box 228, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Meanwhile, matzah giant
Manischewitz has decided to support
Israel's emergency medical service
through its U.S. fund-raising arm,
American .Red Magen David for
Israel. The company is running adver-
tisements during Chanukah and next
Passover announcing that part of its
profits will be sent to ARMDI for
Magen David Adorn, Israel's blood
and ambulance service:
"It's a charity that no one can find
fault with," said Ira Gomberg,
Manischewitz senior vice president for
He was unaware that a special
Canadian court ruled recently that
Magen David Adorn should not be a
charitable agency in Canada because
it helped people outside Israel in the
In addition to the ads,
Manischewitz will announce the
ARMDI affiliation with special pack-
aging on some of its products.
Unlike Empire, Manischewitz's
donation is not tied to consumer pur-
chases. Gomberg said the size of the
contribution has not yet been deter-
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