Evangelical-Funded Israel-Related Charity Head Resigns Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations

IFCJ HEAD QUITS UNEXPECTEDLY AS SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT TO GO AHEAD

A decision to proceed was handed down by a district court in Illinois last month after the IFCJ reportedly submitted an appeal to dismiss the case

In a shock move, the CEO of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews George Mamo has quit.

This comes following accusations that he sexually harassed two of his employees.
According to an article by Haaretz, his decision to resign comes just after a US court decision was made to move ahead with the sexual harrassment lawsuit brought forward by the two former employees.
A decision to proceed was handed down by a district court in Illinois last month after the IFCJ reportedly submitted an appeal to dismiss the case.
The court rejected the appeal.
Sources told Haaretz, that despite the pending lawsuit, it’s believed he was set to stay on as CEO for another two years.
The court documents say that the one of the women charged that he had “stared at her breasts… refused to promote her because she would not have sex with him,” while the other woman “reported similar conduct” and that he had fired her because she was a woman.
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George Mamo, CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, is accused of harassing two female employees; IFCJ raises about $140 million a year for Israel

The CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews the largest private philanthropy active in Israel is stepping down unexpectedly. George Mamo s resignation comes on the heels of a U.S. court…

A Gimmel Tammuz Campaign… Do You Really Want to Know – Be Careful Where You Donate Your Money

“And when they say to you, “Inquire of the necromancers and those who divine by Jidoa bone, who chirp and who mutter.” “Does not this people inquire of its God? For the living, shall we inquire of the dead?” 

Isaiah, 8:19′

Gimmel Tammuz Awareness Campaign Sweeps Jewish Media

A campaign bringing awareness to the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the upcoming auspicious day of Gimmel Tammuz has been sweeping the Jewish world this week.

The grassroots effort was spearheaded by a bochur Menachem Benchemon, and the Rebbe’s message was seen by tens of thousands around the world.

“Chazal teach us that the day of a tzadik’s yahrtzeit is a most auspicious day, a יום סגולה ועת רצון, to connect with the tzadik, granting us the potential to elicit berochos and yeshuos min hashomayim in the zechus of the tzadik,” the article reads.

The article also gives suggested ways to mark the Yartzeit of a tzadik, including learning a teaching of the Rebbe, reaching out to a fellow Jew in Chesed and Ahavas Yisroel, and davening at the Rebbe’s Ohel in close proximity to the day of his Yartzeit.

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Ill Repute Puts All Jewish Charities at Risk – Chabad UK a Potential Fraud, Another Scheming Charity

Orthodox man convicted over £10 million charity scam

Edward Cohen, 67, illegally sold medication – including viagra – through Jewish charities

 

An Orthodox man has been convicted of laundering proceeds from the illegal sale of medication totalling more than £10 million through Jewish charities. 

Edward Cohen, 67, funnelled “huge sums of money” – from sales and charitable donations – through an international network of firms, bank accounts and currency exchanges.

Southwark Crown Court heard that the medication sold included Viagra, slimming pills and prescription medication.

Edward Cohen fled the country ahead of the start of the trial and was convicted in his absence. 

Edward Cohen’s son David, a 38-year-old teacher, was cleared of money laundering charges and supplying false information to the Charity Commission.

But he was convicted of providing false information for the purposes of obtaining benefits. 

David Cohen, of Ashbourne Avenue, in Temple Fortune, North London, was granted bail.

Both men will be sentenced on July 4. 

The trial partly concerns the financial activity of charity Chabad UK – which is entirely separate from Chabad Lubavitch UK, and not part of the official Chabad movement.

Data obtained by police investigators show that in one financial year – 2012/13 – Chabad UK’s income jumped from £1.26 million to just under £8 million, almost £7 million of which came from merchant accounts linked to sales.

The following year, Chabad received £2.85 million from merchant accounts, out of a total income of £3.4 million.

It contrasted with the period from 2008 until 2012, when merchant account proceeds accounted for 2.5 per cent of an income of £6.05 million.

The jury heard that Chabad UK’s premises, on Oldhill Street in Stamford Hill, North London, were raided by police officers on September 1, 2014.

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BELZ $4.7M Charidy.com Campaign and the Hundreds of Jewish Charities that Have Little to no Accountability –

Belz Charidy

Dear Reader:

We have been told that BELZ children have been kept home from school to collect for a Charidy.com campaign. They are missing school, a day of good deeds? It is likely that they are collecting cash. It is more likely that there will be no accountability and that much of this money will be used for expenses of one form or another without oversight.

Mazel Tov for teaching the children the value of charity.

But we question the accountability of this charity campaign, the distribution of assets, the location of the school, the plans, the building costs, etc. None of it is available on the website for Charidy.com. And yet… they are nearly halfway to their goal.

The passing screenshots refer to a new building, new facilities a new school. But we are having a tough time figuring out where this school will be located and fundamental details about the expenses and the numbers.

Please keep in mind that there are dozens of charities wherein there is no accountability. This appears to be just such an endeavor.

AS A SIDE NOTE, CHARIDY.COM VERY KINDLY ASKED LOSTMESSIAH NOT TO TRY TO RAISE MONEY USING THEIR SITE. Respectfully, we obliged. We would have been accountable.

We are asking for accountability for $4.7 Million being raised.

Where are your Donations Going? Canadian Charities Getting Status Revoked… Do Not Give Blindly, Beth Oloth

Canadian Jewish group’s charity status revoked: Report

 

A Canadian Jewish organisation has been stripped of its charity status following a government audit which found it provided support to the Israeli armed forces, Canadian Global News has reported.

The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) found that Beth Oloth Charitable Organisation had been funding activities that aren’t charitable under Canadian law, including “increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Israeli armed forces”, the Global News website reported.

The Beth Oloth Charitable Organisation based in Toronto had been a registered charity since 1980 and was one of Canada‘s richest, with more than 60 million Canadian dollars ($45m) in revenues in 2017.

According to documents obtained by Global News, federal regulators found many problems, including funding projects totaling 1.2 million Canadian dollars ($905,000) in the occupied Palestinian territories, which it said violated Canada’s official policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

However, the portion listing the projects was blacked out by the CRA.

According to the CRA Charities Directorate, the organisation hadn’t issued tax receipts properly, lacked “direction and control” over the use of its funds.

Activities included funding educational programmes called mechinot that prepared high school students for Israeli military service, Global News reported.

The programmes provide weapons training, physical and martial arts training, mentoring by Israeli forces officers and visits to army bases and sites of historical battles, the CRA wrote.

Israel PM urged to expand illegal settlements ahead of election

The CRA released 94 pages of documents regarding the case on Friday following the announcement of the group’s charity status revocation on January 12.

Global News reported that Beth Oloth has received vast donations – 61 million Canadian dollars ($46,000,000) in 2017, 45 million Canadian dollars ($34m) in 2016 and 42 million Canadian dollars ($32m) in 2015, of which almost all its money went abroad.

The CRA said that Beth Oloth was acting as a “conduit” that issued tax receipts to donours in Canada in order to fund programmes of others.

Beth Oloth said it only funded teachers to provide religious training at mechinot schools and claimed they provided “stipends to the poor for the observance of religious life” which doesn’t interfere with Canada’s policy in the region, according to documents seen by Global News.

But the CRA rejected their explanation, the Canadian broadcaster reported.

“Providing assistance to Israeli settlements in the occupied territories serves to encourage and enhance the permanency of the infrastructure and settlements and therefore is contrary to Canada’s public policy and international law on this issue,” the agency wrote.

‘Era of impunity…coming to an end’

Toronto charity lawyer Mark Blumberg told Global News that reading the details of the case was “shocking” and the government should be embarrassed the charity was allowed to operate for so long.

“This is an example of the type of ‘efficient’ charity we don’t need in Canada. It is efficient at giving out tax receipts but not effective in making sure that the 200 million Canadian dollars ($151m) of tax-subsidised dollars was spent appropriately,” Blumberg said on Sunday.

The lawyer called it an example of “very poor governance and compliance” and a wake-up call to donors. He said it highlighted the importance of rules governing charitable work abroad.

 

Earlier in January, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported that the charity Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Canada has likewise been under audit by the CRA for supporting the Israel‘s armed forces and its illegal settlements.

The JNF said it had stopped doing so since 2016 but it still remains a government registered charity.

According to Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada, JNF Canada has been the subject of CRA-directed complaints for over four decades and has been violating Canadian tax law for over 50 years.

IJV has been campaigning for the JNF to have its charitable status revoked as it supports the Israeli military and settlements, denies access to land for Palestinians and contributes to their displacement.

Corey Balsam, IJV’s national coordinator, said on Monday that the group is hopeful the “era of impunity for Canadian organisations that support the Israeli occupation is finally coming to an end”.

“It’s about time the CRA cleaned house and applied its own rules to these organisations,” Balsam said in a statement released on Monday.

“Given the wealth of evidence against it and that it is already under audit, we expect JNF Canada to be next.”

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The Arev Fund – Women Rabbis? Money for Women to Have a Voice? Ummmm…

Caution to Readers:
This Organization, the Arev Fund, claims to provide money for women to be accepted within the Rabbinic community and to sit for Rabbinic exams. That is an absurd notion, particularly in light of efforts against Women of the Wall. We can find no evidence that funds are being used for this purpose and that the beneficiaries are as alleged.
Sources close in to us in Israel have stated, in no uncertain terms, that these funds are not going to the causes for which they are allegedly allocated. We have been told that there is no such effort on behalf of the Rabbinate of Israel or otherwise to bring female Rabbis to the orthodox movement.

We simply ask that you use the utmost caution before donating to any of these organizations, unless and until the actual use of the proceeds can be verified. We recommend instead that you look to organizations for which there is historical, verifiable and substantiated information.

 

Arev Fund Announces Third Annual Round of Grants

The Arev Fund has announced its grantees for the 2019 cycle. This year, the grants support projects in the areas of spiritual leadership, communal life, social justice and education.

The Arev Fund launched on January 15, 2016 as a giving circle of observant Jewish women with the mission of promoting impactful female Jewish philanthropy to spur change in the areas of spiritual leadership, communal life, social justice, and education in the United States and Israel, with a particular focus on the advancement of women. With this third round of grants, Arev continues to move its unique mission forward.

Having funded projects in past cycles that educate women towards spiritual leadership, we will expand on that work this year by funding a project of Itim that will work to have the Chief Rabbinate of Israel permit women to sit for rabbinic exams. Sitting for these exams and demonstrating mastery in a series of subjects will work to create more official recognition for women that have studied and obtained the highest levels of halachic knowledge. Indeed, many of the institutions we have funded in the past have provided these educations.

We funded Deracheha, which is an online platform for providing female halakhic and philosophical analysis of current issues. The website offers users varying levels of examination of a particular topic from a more basic overview to a detailed Jewish legal dissection to a philosophical perspective. It serves to provide the entire community access to deeply knowledgeable and thoughtful female voices, as well as building a bridge to move women’s spiritual leadership from a siloed female space into a more public space. This will also expand the availability of Modern Orthodox halachic voices online, which are currently limited.

Further, we funded the Emunah Kashrut Supervisors Training Program, which builds on both the leadership and communal life prongs of our funding areas. By creating a cadre of women who will take up official positions as kosher supervisors, Emunah is expanding women’s leadership into roles that have lower barrier to entry than some of other spiritual leadership models and seek to expand women’s positions in the official religious biosphere in Israel.

In the area of social justice, we are choosing to fund Bat Melech, an organization that works with battered women from the observant community, and their children. The project we are funding, Skills for a New Life, is designed to provide skills training and education for battered women to better empower them to leave shelters, support themselves and their families, and prevent future cycles of abuse and need for themselves and their children.

The final project in in the educational arena. Lakita is an innovative and broad-based model for enhancing and enriching students’ experience across the broad spectrum of Israeli society, as well as empowering teachers. It leverages the larger community through a crowd-funding platform and brings them the community into the work of the schools.

The Arev Fund is committed to partnering with these organizations. As we move forward and announce our next round of grant applications, we are invigorated by the depth and breadth of innovative entrepreneurial activity taking place in our community, and are committed to supporting and highlighting that work.

For further information about the Arev Fund and its grantees, please visit Arev’s website at www.arevfund.org.