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Helping AMIT Help Israel

This summer, Vivint, one of the largest home automation companies in North America, is giving away more than one million dollars to charities through its GiveBack Project.

We LOVE Vivint for it’s innovative approach to charitable giving.

We also LOVE AMIT. With 85 schools in 24 cities throughout Israel, AMIT sets the standard for quality education in Israel.

Now, you can help AMIT  receive a grant of up to $250,000 from Vivint. Here’s how:

Step 1: Like Vivint on Facebook
Step 2: Search for Amit
Step 3: Endorse Amit

You can start voting today and continue voting once a day until August 27th.

Vote for AMIT early and often.


List Updates for the Week of June 5th, 2011


– Maccabi USA now has 9,330 names available (down from 12,292).
– The Center for Jewish History list now has 4,487 names available for exchange only (down from 4,799).
– As of today, The Fiends of the 92st Y postal list is off the market.
The 92st St Y is not doing any acquisition mailings at the moment and as such they have decided not to rent or exchange with other mailers at this time.

– The Yad VaShem list is no longer available on rental. The list is now available on exchange only.  Yad Vashem has 19,318 names.  The average donation os $34.  See the full data card here

Chabad In Japan

If anyone would like to donate money to Japan, our Chabad friends in Tokyo finally found time to put a donation site up.
We have known Rabbi Senderovic for years. We’ve traveled to Japan several times and can personally recommend him for his good work with the Jewish community in Japan as well as with the Japanese public in general.

Israel 21c Reveals: Amazon’s Kindle Developed in Israel

We love Israel 21c, with its mission to show that there is more to Israel than is shown in the media.

We love the Amazon’s Kindle which allows us to carry 3,500 books on long flights and endless airport delays.

Now Israel 21c reveals that much of the Kindle software was developed in Israel.

You can read the full story here.

Startup Nation. (You can download a copy to your Kindle and read it on the beach in Eilat).


SPECIAL ALERT The worst fire in Israel’s history is raging across Haifa

From the


“The worst fire in Israel’s history is raging across Haifa and the Carmel Forest. Lives have already been lost, and many more are in danger as Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services and JNF-KKL foresters battle the blaze.”
“As all forests in Israel are urban forests and abut either large cities or small villages, lives, homes, and livelihood are always at risk. Hundreds of residents are being evacuated as thousands of dunams of forest have been consumed by the flames.”
“Rescue teams and equipment are being brought in from all over the country. Shimon Romach, Israel’s Fire Commissioner, is calling on the international community for support during this disaster.”
Donate now to the JNF’s forest fire emergency campaign on the JNF website:

Non-Profit Event: NextGen: Charity

Where: November 18th NYC

How: Tickets here – Buy Tickets
What & Specifically Where: “NextGen: Charity is a conference on non-profit innovation aimed to help you run your organization more effectively and efficiently, and connect with donors and your community more powerfully. Day 1 is full of fun and inspiring talks from world leaders at the AXA Equitable Theater located at 787 Seventh Avenue in the heart of Times Square, Day 2 is engaging and interactive workshops at the prestigious Columbia University located at 2920 Broadway.
This year features celebrity presenters: Seth Godin (#1 business blogger & 12-time bestselling author), Nancy Lublin ( & Dress For Success founder), Scott Harrison (charity:water), Peter Thum and Jonathan Greenblatt (Ethos Water), Scott Belsky (Behance), Randi Zuckerberg (Facebook),  Joanne Heyman(Urban Zen) and many others. Talks are short (between 6 and 18 minutes), and are emotional and inspiring.”

Who:  2010 Presenters

Seth Godin: Bestselling Author, Squidoo

Jonathan Greenblatt:Ethos Water, All For Good

Scott Harrison: charity: water

Gordon J Campbell: United Way

Randi Zuckerberg :Facebook

Nancy Lublin, Dress For Success

Soraya Darabi:Foodspotting, NYTimes

Scott Belsky : Behance, Making Ideas Happen

Joanne Heyman: Heyman & Co, Urban Zen

Matt Mahan : Causes (Facebook)

Melissa Kushner:GoodsForGood

Nate Westheimer:NYTechMeetup,AnyClip

Rachel Sklar: Huffington Post, Charitini

Adam Smolyar: Jewish Federations

Ari Teman: JCorps, Vh1 Comedian

Ellen McGirt: Fast Company

David Saltzman: Robin Hood Foundation

Sandy Cardin:Schusterman Foundation

Sasha Dichter: Acumen Fund

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In all fairness I actually know a fair amount of Jewish mechanics, but this is still funny and I can relate.

Facebook it. Tweet it. Tag it with #ish. Every #ish earns .25 cents towards the #ish fund.

What’s your #ish?

Memorial Day 2010

For many, it’s simply the beginning of summer.

But for the members of  the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Memorial Day is a time to remember and commemorate the military service, and sacrifice, of ten of thousands of Jewish Americans.

JWV, with over 154,000 members, is one of the largest and oldest (at 115 years) of the major American Jewish organizations.

Negev Direct is proud to work with the Jewish War Veterans.

You don’t have to be a veteran to support the organization. Just click here.

Happy Memorial Day. And thanks to the Jewish War Veterans who served with pride in the American military since its inception.


Inside Peek: UW Hillel – The Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life

One of the Jewish non-profits we work with in direct mail fundraising just built a fantastic new building on the campus of University of Madison, Wisconsin.

This is a short video that highlights the design features of the new building while talking about its functionality as well.

I just wish my University had such an amazing Hillel back in the days when I was in college!

Being Jewish Means Something Different to Everyone

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The Jewish Federation wants to know what being Jew-#ish measns to you.

Logon to Twitter and let the Jewish Federation know what being Jewish means to you.

Cast your vote for the best #ish and see all the latest #ish’s here:

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“IDC Students Host Sports Fundraiser for Refugee Students”

Source: 5.6.10

“The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, the country’s only higher education institution offering a full English curriculum for undergraduate studies, is also home to five African refugee students. Their fellow students have now come together to organize a sports event to help fund the refugees’ tuition.”by: Mark Rebacz

“The five, who come from Eritrea, Somalia and other parts of Africa, arrived in Israel fleeing armed conflict, civil war and persecution, and without any knowledge of Hebrew. Seeking higher education and with a working knowledge of English, they opted to study at IDC; but without financial means, this is a near-impossibility.”

“Though the IDC offers the refugee students a 50-percent discount on tuition, the remaining fee of $4,500 is still too much for most to bear; added to that is the penalty of losing the discount if tuition is not paid within the year.”

“According to the ARDC, there are currently an estimated 20,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Israel who have fled armed conflict, civil war and fear of persecution in countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast.”

Spotlight on Jewish Organizations: Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA)

“The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) devotes its resources to performing chesed shel emet (the ultimate act of lovingkindness- for the deceased who are unable to repay the kindness). It is the only agency in the greater New York metropolitan area dedicated to assuring that every Jew, regardless of financial means or religious affiliation, receives a dignified, traditional Jewish funeral and burial.”

“Since its inception in the 1880’s, the Hebrew Free Burial Association has buried over 60,000 indigent Jews. They have ranged in age from newborn to the elderly, and they may meet their ends in a hospital, nursing home, lonely apartment or even on the street.”

HFBA Links:

HFBA home page

HFBA Cemetaries

HFBA Timeline

AJC & AJC To Merge and Form New AJC?


I’ve had a standing offer open for the past 15 years.

If anyone can cogently explain the difference between the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress I will donate $100 to any charity of their choice. Excluding these two organizations, of course.

The reward remains unclaimed, and as of today the offer is officially withdrawn.

Rumor has it that the AJC and the AJC are on the verge of a merger.

Read the full story in the Jerusalem Post.

To the alphabet-soup world of Jewish organizations this can only be a good thing.

My suggested name for the new combined organization: the American Jewish Consolidation.


Another Rubin and a Good Read

I try to keep informed on political issues directly related to Israel and the Middle East..

One of the best sources, if not the best, is RubinReports by Professor Barry Rubin.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

He has the additional merit of not being related to me.

His writing and analysis of complex issues make reading him a delight, and I highly recommend that you click on a link above and subscribe to his blog if you want/need to make sense of what is happening in the Middle East.

Oh, and he just published anew book about Lebanon.

Barry, Five Stars plus Two Thumbs Up for common sense and good writing brought to a complex and difficult situation.


Joshua Venture Group Fellows Named Today


April 12th, 2010

“After receiving applications from over 130 entrepreneurs across the country, and meeting with 18 impressive Finalists, we are proud to announce the new cohort for the 2010-2012 Dual Investment Program. Our eight Fellows are engaged in groundbreaking work in social and environmental justice, community building, spirituality, education and the arts — leading a vibrant regeneration of our cultural and religious heritage.”

The new Fellows are:

·Zelig Golden, Wilderness Torah

·Alison Laichter, Jewish Meditation Center

·Sarah Lefton, G-dcast

·Rachel Nussbaum, Kavana Cooperative

·Nati Passow, Jewish Farm School

·Zhenya Plechkina, Children’s Art Initiative

·Ari Weiss, Uri L’Tzedek

·Eli Winkelman, Challah for Hunger

“Each Fellow will receive “over $100,000 in funding and support – including training, exposure and access to networks in the Jewish world – which will equip them to realize their visions and transform the Jewish landscape.”

Click here for more information about these entrepreneurs and their ventures, and check out Tablet’s article about (the) Fellows.”

For more details about the Joshua Venture Group click here.


Featured Cause: Yad Vashem

“For whoever listens to a witness becomes a witness”

Excerpt from a speech given by Elie Wiesel at Yad Vashem

Today is Yom Ha’Shoah – the day of the remembrance for the 6,000,000 Jews who died during the holocaust.

I would like to make Yad Vashem our featured cause today in memory of the 6 million who died during the holocaust.

My family was personally touched by this tragedy. My Dad, my Grandfather and my Grandmother were Dutch Jews living in Holland when the Germans invaded and were all forced into hiding during the war.
My family was separated and hidden by two different righteous gentile Dutch family’s. Miraculously, they all survived the war and were reunited post-war.
My dad was 4 or 5 at the time and I cannot even begin to imagine the stress and trauma he and his parents went through as an effect of living being hidden during the war and even just living through those terrible times.
My wife’s Grandmother was in a camp in Poland and is a survivor as well.
They were some of the lucky ones however as there were many Jewish family’s who were not so fortunate.
The following is a from a video project that Yad Vashem has put together to remember and document the stories of those who perished and those survived the Holocaust.
This particular video is of a Dutch survivor who recalls his story and how he went on to demonstrate against the release of Nazi war criminals in Holland.

Please take some time to explore Yad Vashem’s very resourceful website:

There are still thousands of untold stories. To sponsor a testimony of a Holocaust survivor today please visit Yad Vahem’s project: Thousands of Untold Stories

Yad Vahem Links of Interest:

Rating the Charities

There are several charity rating agencies on the web, the best-known and largest being Charity Navigator.

CN looks at a lot of financial data and then rates 5,500 agencies using a 0-4 star system.
Questions still abound. Is it all that simple? Can you rate the efficiency or worth of a non-profit organization so easily?
Efficiency, salaries, administrative costs, plus fundraising costs weigh heavily in the star ranking system.
But some charities have argued, and logically so, that they have greater administrative costs because they perform more functions.
Or they incur greater fundraising costs because they are trying to increase revenues to expand their reach to a larger client population.
A good friend just sent me ratings for some major Jewish organizations covered by Charity Navigator along with their CEOs’ salaries.
It’s certainly an eye-opener. Check out each organization’s full rating report on Charity Navigator for yourself and see if you agree with their conclusions.
American Jewish Congress: 0 Stars

Executive Director’s Salary: $205,232

OneFamily Fund: 1 Star
Executive Director’s Salary: $148,077

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger: 2 Stars
President’s Salary: $147,799

American Jewish Committee: 3 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $463,939

AFMDA: American Friends of Magen David Adom: 3 Stars
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $279,155

Milwaukee Jewish Federation: 4 Stars
Executive VP’s Salary: $224,767

Anti-Defamation League: 4 Stars
National Director’s Salary: $282,252

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America: 4 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $334,628

Jewish National Fund: 4 Stars
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $392,819

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: (4 star)
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $431,654

Chai Lifeline: 4 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $160,295


Negev Manages Baltimore Jewish Times

Negev Direct Marketing is now the exclusive list manager for theBaltimore Jewish Times.

Thanks to the publisher, Alter Communications, Inc. for choosing NDM.

Baltimore Jewish Times

• Published weekly

• Paid circulation base

• 70% female audience
• Average household income of $153,830
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• In continuous print since 1919

David, Yoav, Chana and the entire Negev Team

Changing the World One Person at a Time

Have you ever thought that as much as you try, you can’t even begin to scratch the surface when it comes to making the world a better place? I’m sure many people feel the same way. I feel that way sometimes.

Jessica Silverman however knows otherwise!

This is an inspirational story of giving from the heart, one person at a time, little by little or “liat, liat” as we like to say here in Israel.

Jessica Silverman and her family saw a need: Israeli soldiers going without a proper Shabbat meal. But that’s not the real story here.

The real story is not that Jessica and her family identified a problem that they deemed as being important.The real story is that they then did something that most people wouldn’t dare… They took it to the next level. They began to cook meals for Israeli soldiers in their own kitchen and then deliver them to soldiers at their own expense!

“There was no way she could know it at the time, but my (Jessica’s) grandmother had started a project that would ultimately change the world, person by person.”

How did she raise funds when demand was greater than the supply?

” (Jessica) wrote an email to her entire address book about her new endeavor. Within days, she was receiving checks from all over the world from people she didn’t know, telling her to use the funds to send additional packages. How had this happened? Unbeknownst to her, the recipients of her email had forwarded it to their friends and family and soon thousands of people were aware of and supporting my grandmother’s efforts.”

What an inspiration to anyone who thinks they are too small or too little or too whatever to make a difference!

One family tackling one issue and having success and more importantly making a difference in the lives of those that they care about.

Does giving get any better than that?!I think not.

– Inspiration for this post from a guest blog post in by Jessica Silverman titled:

A Jewish heroine: The contribution of one woman in Israel

Giving in Tough Economic Times “Quote”

During such difficult economic times…

“It is important to look at philanthropy as an investment like any other. When times are tough, people are more selective about where they invest and want a better return on their investment.”

– Michael Fromm, chairman of American Friends of Meir Panim
From the 03/10/10

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