General Assembly

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

Palestinians Considering New U.N. Statehood Bid

08/05/2012

The Palestinian Authority is considering a bid in September to be a UN “non-member observer state.”

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to take the step, and has the backing of the Arab League, but has not yet decided when he will go ahead, according to the Associated Press.

Abbas leans toward waiting until after the U.S. November presidential elections to avoid further straining his relationship with the Obama administration; some members of his inner circle are pushing to move more quickly, according to the report.

Just Who’s Inside The ‘Big Tent?’

GA debates inclusivity, federations’ relationship to Israel, overseas funding at annual meeting of JFNA.

11/08/2011
Editor And Publisher

Denver — In one of the most innovative sessions at this week’s 80th annual General Assembly (GA) of the North American Jewish federations, the biggest annual meeting on the communal calendar, two actors presented a 25-minute play exploring the practical challenges of what it means to have a “big tent” Jewish community, trying to be inclusive while maintaining loyalty to valued beliefs.

Gary Rosenblatt

Making A Connection

At Denver GA, talking about connectivity and the lack of star power.

11/08/2011

Denver — If there was one message that the Jewish Federations of North America was trying to promote at this year’s General Assembly conference here, it was connectivity.

Tweets from the conference were broadcast on large screens outside the main ballroom, sessions were organized by Jewish groups across the country rather than by the federations’ hierarchy, late-night salons were held to deconstruct those sessions and the conference’s tagline was “The original Jewish social network.”

Obama Meets Abbas And Netanyahu At UN

09/23/2011

President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly opening.

Obama's meetings Wednesday were part of his effort to head off a Palestinian attempt to obtain statehood recognition through the U.N.

There were no reports of what was discussed in the meetings, although Netanyahu and Obama delivered brief remarks expressing their agreement on opposition to the statehood push on their way into their meeting.

Life In The Rabbinic Fast Lane

09/22/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

 

 

“’Twas the week before Rosh Hashanah…”

At this time of year, I am often greeted by friends and congregants with some version of “this is your busy season, isn’t it?” Accountants like to say that this is “The rabbi’s April.” The teller at my bank this morning, an Indian woman, said benignly, “you have some holidays coming up, don’t you?’

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Esther's in Vegas

That's right, Esther's in Vegas. No, not THAT Esther? We'll shift our focus to Queen Esther in less than two weeks. For now, the focus is on another Esther.

The King & Queen of the Jewish Twittersphere: William Daroff & Esther Kustanowitz
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