Jewish charitable groups face declining contributions

Jewish philanthropic groups are antsy about the fall-out from the economic crisis.

All charitable groups must be, especially when there is a growing demand for services on the part of people who are struggling.

Mark Talisman, a leading Jewish activist, has suggested an emergency national summit of Jewish leaders to talk about what’s happening, the Jewish Week reports.

“Our organizations face a potential emergency with donors, who are heavily concentrated in real estate, banking and finance,” he says, noting that kosher food pantries around the country have been out of food for months.

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism,  says the government can’t focus all its efforts on saving financial institutions: “What we are doing is communicating about the need not to forget the poor and the vulnerable, not forgetting the individual homeowner while addressing the broader mortgage crisis. But beyond that, there hasn’t been much engagement in the last few days because things are moving very swiftly.”