Covering Jewish Philanthropy: The Role of the Press

For the Academic Community
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

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Moderated by the editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, this session invites three journalists to reflect on the role that the press playsand should playwhen it comes to reporting on Jewish philanthropy. What questions and stories drive the reporting they do, and what challenges have they faced when it comes to offering accurate and deep reporting?


This event is part of the series "The Public and Private Politics of Philanthropy: New Insights into the Past, Present, and Future of Giving." Intended for scholars, students, and others interested in new research in the study of Jewish philanthropy, this webinar series draws attention to the past and present of Jewish philanthropy and its intersection with the political and civic life of its time.


About the Panelists

Asaf Elia-Shalev is Los Angeles-based investigative reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He covers the philanthropy sector and loves data journalism and public records.

Ben Sales is the news editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, where he previously worked for a decade as a reporter covering Israel, antisemitism and American Jewish affairs. He recently served as news editor of eJewishPhilanthropy, where he also curated Your Daily Phil, eJP's daily newsletter. He lives with his family in New York City. 

Mari Cohen is assistant editor at Jewish Currents, where she covers American Jewish institutional politics and Jewish politics in academia. She has previously served as associate editor at Belt Magazine, as journalism workshop coordinator and senior editor at South Side Weekly, and as a reporting fellow at Injustice Watch.

Stacy Palmer has served as a top editor since The Chronicle of Philanthropy was founded in 1988. She is the editor of Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits (University Press of New England, 2004), which collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and Chronicle columnist Pablo Eisenberg. Before she helped found The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Palmer was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education.



The seminar is organized by Lila Corwin Berman and Steven Weitzman as part of the Jewish Philanthropy Research Initiative hosted by the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, with sponsorship from the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.


Image: Alfred Burke, Jewish Relief Campaign Poster, 1917. Judah L. Magnes Museum, Item 5311.