Jewish Federations of North America

JFNA To Promote Civil Marriage

In Israel, federations walk a fine line to support religious freedom without opposing Chief Rabbinate.

05/28/2014
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The Jewish Federations of North America, or JFNA, may soon launch an effort that would include supporting groups in Israel working to limit or end Orthodox control of personal-status issues such as marriage, divorce, conversion and burial, The Jewish Week has learned.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jewish Groups Face Aggressive Cyber Threat, Warns SCN

02/27/2014
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U.S. Jewish groups face “a more concerted and aggressive effort” from Internet hackers, the national community’s security arm said in an alert.

“It is imperative that all IT departments understand how to mitigate the threat and are up-to-date on the necessary technologies and processes to use in order to be proactive and prevent these incidents,” said an alert Tuesday from the Secure Community Network, an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America and of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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

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.

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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

JFNA, Ruderman Foundation Launch Disability Employment Initiative

10/07/2013
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The Jewish Federations of North America and the Ruderman Family Foundation will be placing young adults with disabilities in internships and fellowships at five federation offices in an effort to promote disability inclusion in the Jewish community.

Jewish Security Chief Named To Gov’t Advisory Panel

09/23/2013
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The top security official for Jewish organizations was named to a consulting body to the Department of Homeland Security.

JFNA On The ABLE Act: Promoting Inclusion And Independence

The financial strain on individuals with disabilities and their families today is not just a matter of dollars and cents; it’s a matter of planning for tomorrow and the long-term future to ensure their independence and inclusion in their community.

William Daroff

Honoring Sen. Frank Lautenberg

05/24/2013
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Love of country, love of Jewish community and love of Israel. Those have been driving forces for Frank Lautenberg, who is nearing the end of his career in the United States Senate, and they are the qualities that make an upcoming tribute by the Jewish community something I am proud to commemorate.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg

More Jewish Aid Headed To Oklahoma

Kosher soup kitchen here partners with Iowa plant to deliver food to disaster zone; JFNA opens relief fund.

05/21/2013
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Jimmy Goldman, a business broker who lives near Houston, is recruiting a six-member team to travel to Moore, Olka., next week to volunteer their services under the auspices of  Missouri-based Convoy of Hope (convoyofhope.org).

Recruited with the help of Houston’s Jewish Family Service, they hope to distribute clothes or food, or help remove debris, Goldman says.

The huge tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., left destroyed homes and cars in its wake. Photos by Getty Images
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