General Assembly

How Maor Met Eliav

12/02/2013
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He followed her to Los Angeles. She followed him to Jerusalem.

Maor and Eliav’s wedding was Israeli, American, Jewish, outdoorsy and hip. Elliot Glassenberg

The GA in Israel:

Leaders Of Tomorrow

How do you build future Jewish leaders? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with current Taglit-Birthright Israel participants about their experiences in Israel at the JFNA GA in Israel.

At GA In Jerusalem, A Push For Pluralism

Annual federation assembly culminates in march to the Kotel.

11/13/2013
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Jerusalem — Two marches here, 10 years apart, speak to the evolving nature of the diaspora-Israel relationship.

In 2003, during the height of the second intifada, thousands came to Israel’s capital for the annual General Assembly (GA) of the North American federation movement and showed their solidarity with the Jewish state by marching through the streets of Jerusalem.

Gary Rosenblatt

JFNA Can Do Better On Disabilities

When the Jewish Federation of North America hosts the GA in Jerusalem this week, there will be one session on inclusion of Jews with disabilities. The speakers are terrific and I urge all participants to attend. But this panel discussion will be one in a long line of “too little, too slow” actions by JFNA to embrace inclusion of Jews with disabilities.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is president of www.RespectAbilityUSA.org andco-founder/director of the Mizrahi Family Charitable Trust.

Promising A New GA Approach

JFNA head says it won’t be just talk when federations meet in Israel for annual confab.

11/05/2013
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This time, it’s not going to be just talking. There’s going to be listening and debating — and, eventually, action.

That’s what Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, says will distinguish this year’s General Assembly, which is slated for Nov. 10-12 in Jerusalem, from past GA conferences.

Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the 2012 General Assembly in Baltimore, Md. (JFNA) JTA

Candidates Agree On Pressuring Iran

In "capital of the world," mayors need foreign policy, Lhota says.

09/23/2013
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In a rare show of accord, both major candidates for mayor on Monday called for continued U.S. pressure on Iran to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons, as the country’s new president heads to Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly.

President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West, as he tries to strike a more conciliatory tone than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have won him open ears in the State Department.

But Republican Joseph Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio joined a chorus of public figures outside UN headquarters calling for vigilance.

"We won't be fooled again," says de Blasio, left. "Words are not as important as actions," says Lhota. Adam Dickter

To GA Planners: Sharpen The Debates

Once a Jewish parliament for the Diaspora, the conference has narrowed its scope.

11/27/2012
Editor And Publisher

The three-day annual conference of communal leaders known as the GA (General Assembly), held in Baltimore earlier this month, turned out to be a microcosm of its parent body, the Jewish Federations of North America: an impressive collection of committed, caring professional and lay people, spread too thin and lacking in focus, and giving the impression of following rather than leading at a critical juncture in Jewish life.

Gary Rosenblatt

Analysis: No Big Buzz At The GA

It's still early days for the Global Planning Table, announced last year.

11/14/2012

A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly here this week.

Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations spend money outside their local communities by making decisions on collective spending more transparent and communal. Federation officials hope this will stem the decline in overseas spending and bring more clout -- and money -- to federations’ collective action.

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, left, and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky at the GA. JTA

At GA, Old Guard Frets Over New

Wiesel, Sharansky discuss historic Soviet Jewry rally; where has the sense of unity gone?

11/14/2012
Editor And Publisher

Baltimore — The Jewish federation movement, like much of the organized community, has put great emphasis in recent years on youth, trying many ways to attract that elusive segment of the community.

But the most dramatic session of this year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America, held here this week, was a discussion between two men, one 84 and the other 64, about an event that took place almost 25 years ago.

Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky at the GA in Baltimore. David Karp
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