Jewish Federation of North America

‘Sharing’ Is Key Word At G.A.

At annual confab, Jewish federations see future in more collaboration.

11/10/2014 - 19:00

Oxon Hill, Md. — There was the vice president of the United States, two Supreme Court justices and an Academy Award-winning actress with a compelling Jewish story. There were Jewish professionals, lay leaders, clergy and recent college graduates. The West Point cadets’ Jewish choir performed. The Israeli prime minister appeared via satellite from Jerusalem.

Vice President Joe Biden. JTA

Where Should Federations’ Money Go?

Assessing the community’s global needs and allocations in a new era of giving.
Staff Writer
11/12/2012 - 19:00

David Butler became chairman last November of the Global Planning Table committee of the Jewish Federation of North America. It was created last fall to allow the North American Jewish community to collectively assess how its 150 federations and partners can most efficiently spend the money they raise.

Donald Butler: Philanthropists are showing a greater interest in how their money is being spent. getty images

Just Who’s Inside The ‘Big Tent?’

GA debates inclusivity, federations’ relationship to Israel, overseas funding at annual meeting of JFNA.
11/07/2011 - 19:00
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.
11/07/2011 - 19:00

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.”

On Women, JFNA ‘Getting There’

Umbrella group for federations making strides in improving its record on women, but kinks remain.
10/31/2011 - 20:00

When the Jewish Federations of North America sent out a news release last week promoting the top speakers at this year’s General Assembly, not a single woman made the list.

The oversight caught the eye of critics.

Tzipi Livni.

Federations Face Donor Problem

At the GA, concern over decline in givers dwarfs recession woes.
11/08/2010 - 19:00

New Orleans — After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 4,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.

The view expressed by many top officials was that after two years of a tough recession, the worst is over.

An all-time high of 600 college students took part in the JFNA’s General Assembly this week in New Orleans. JFNA
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