Jewishupdates's Blog

May 25, 2010

A Catholic walks into a Jewish news organization

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 2:49 pm


Viewing JTAHi, my name is David.  I’m the guy who hits the “send” button on all these solicitations you receive from JTA.

People who know me sometimes ask, “You’re Catholic, but you work for JTA!  Why?”  

The most obvious reason is that my wife is from Israel, and we are proudly raising our six-year old twins as Jews.  Believe me, I’m the one who insists on going to shul every Friday.

There are less obvious reasons, though, why I work at JTA. Of course, it’s an exciting challenge to be part of a team trying to figure out how a traditional news organization will survive and thrive in this digital age.

More importantly, though, it is what JTA represents:  a group of people working on behalf of a scattered community to make sure that the community’s stories are told, that dangers are anticipated, that devastation is acknowledged, that opportunity and triumph is celebrated.

This is about the most talented group of people I’ve ever worked with.  They could be working anywhere (and probably for higher salaries!), but they choose to work for JTA in an effort to keep the Jewish community informed and connected.

Yes, it is a little odd being the only Catholic at JTA.  But the cause transcends these kinds of differences:  service and dedication to a greater good on behalf of your community, your colleagues, your family, your history.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

With your generous donation right now, you will help ensure that future generations will enjoy and be enlightened by JTA.  I don’t know what kind of device my kids will be reading the news on when they are old enough.  But, I do know that I want them to be able to read JTA so they can better understand the community of which they are a part.

Thanks so much,
David Signature
David Billotti
Director of Communications

P.S.  Last year at this time, we had raised over $25,000.  We’re about $10,000 short of that milestone right now. If every one of the tens of thousands of people receiving this e-mail gave as much as they could afford, we would reach our goal for the first half of 2010 and then some.  Can we count on your support?

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May 18, 2010

A long way from teletype

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 5:30 pm


When I first walked into the JTA newsroom 23 years ago, teletype machines were clacking, computer cables were taped to the floor and there were still rotary-dial phones on the old wooden desks.

We’ve come a long way since then: e-mail, blogs, video, iPods, IPads. Who knows what’s next? But one thing is sure: With your support, JTA will continue to harness the latest technologies to bring you the news the way you like to receive it.

We’re about to unveil a new mobile version of the web site. Help us continue to innovate, by becoming a JTA member now.  By contributing at least $50

May 11, 2010

Piping Hot News For Free

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 7:05 pm


Fresh Hot News!

Near JTA headquarters in New York, a cup of coffee can cost as much as $3.  If you’re a two-a-day type, that can be as much as $30 per week!

JTA offers a much better deal:  breaking news, international feature stories, and insider commentary for nothing.  Completely free.

We’re hoping you can meet us in the middle: could you make a $50 donation to support JTA, the global news service of the Jewish people?

That’s less than $1 per week for the news and information that keeps our community connected and informed.

This moment in time is fraught with challenges and opportunities for the Jewish people.   Tensions in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Ahmadinijad’s continued antics, Obama’s Supreme Court pick, earthquake and hurricanes, anti-Semitism in France — we’ve got a lot to cover, and we rely on the support of readers like you to help us keep delivering.

Join the growing chorus of voices in support of an independent, professional Jewish media with a generous donation of $50 — or whatever you can afford, small or large.

We might not come with milk and sugar, but we certainly keep the Jewish community stimulated.  Please give now to help us cover the important stories — wherever and whenever they happen.

With much appreciation,

Ami Eden
Editor in Chief

P.S. Like NPR and PBS, JTA is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization. Your support is not only invaluable, it’s tax-deductible!

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