JERUSALEM (AP) - A group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israel has
come up with a divine solution for surviving the worldwide
financial crisis: prayer.
Eleven prominent Jewish seminaries held a simultaneous prayer session for the recovery of the global economy, so donors can
continue to fund their cash-strapped schools.
About 28,000 Israeli Jews devote their lives to study instead of work, according to a group representing the sector. They rely on large donations from American philanthropists, alongside Israeli government subsidies, to support them and their families.
At the Haran seminary in Jerusalem, several hundred black-suited
participants wailed in prayer for the well-being of their donors.
Jeff Solomon, director of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, says the financial crisis has caused the number of
Jewish donors to Israeli causes to drop from 900,000 to 500,000.
He's warning of a "real danger" to the survival of social programs operated by nonprofit organizations.
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