Jewish Federations of North America

Encouraging In-Marriage Versus Welcoming Interfaith Families: The Great Debate

In the aftermath of his big debate with Steven "Greatest Single Threat" Cohen — “Can the Jewish Community Encourage In-Marriage AND Welcome Interfaith Families?” — InterfaithFamily.com’s Ed Case has posted some of his own remarks on the topic.

The two went head-to-head at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly earlier this week in New Orleans. (Incidentally, Ed did not make it to the Jewish Community Hero semifinalists, but the winner was Jay Feinberg of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Congratulations to you Jay, even if you're not intermarried -- hard to begrudge the victory of someone who is doing important, life-saving work!)

For Jewish Federations, Decline in Donors Dwarfs Recession Woes

11/09/2010
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 3,000 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.

Surprising Element Of Opening GA Plenary Didn’t Come From Biden

New Orleans -- Vice President Joe Biden was the ideal Administration representative to address the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America at its opening plenary here on Sunday, and he handled the role with enthusiasm.

The speaker who followed him didn’t fit the Federation-cheerleader mold, offering a careful blend of support and critique in his presentation.

Netanyahu in U.S. to Meet With Jewish Leaders, Administration Officials

11/07/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to address Jewish leaders and meet with U.S. administration officials.

Netanyahu landed in New Orleans Sunday morning after leaving Israel the previous night on an El Al charter flight with his wife, Sara, and their son Yair, who is on an authorized leave from his army posting in the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Office.

Community Bracing For Post-Election Perfect Storm

Voter fears of big government, deficit could lead to dramatic service cuts; confluence of issues clouds GA.

11/03/2010
Washington Correspondent

A Jewish federation system that was beginning to recover from the deepest recession in postwar history could be facing a new perfect storm in the wake of this week’s congressional elections and a tidal wave of voter unhappiness about big government and a runaway federal deficit.

New Yorkers at the polls Tuesday.

Netanyahu, Biden to Meet in New Orleans

10/31/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in the United States with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet Sunday that he will discuss with Biden and other senior administration figures "a series of issues, including – of course – the resumption of the diplomatic process in order to reach a peace agreement with security for the future of the State of Israel."

Jewish Federations join fight against Israel delegitimization, but is that smart?

I just got a press release from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) announcing a new program to “fight efforts to delegitimize Israel,” and I confess, it caught me at an inopportune time.

The reason: I've been thinking more and more about the fact that Jewish groups all want to ride the same train – the locomotive of Israel activism. And I wonder how much of that comes at the expense of other critical areas of Jewish life.

Of Surveys And Kosher Beignets

I have to admit that at least half the time that I start those online “Survey Monkey” questionnaires, I get bored or distracted in the middle and never end up finishing them.

However, thanks to my undying loyalty to The Cause and my desire to win a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com, I just finished the Jewish Outreach Institute’s survey to assess the “needs and preferences of American Jews” (or at least the needs and preferences of those American Jews who like shopping at Amazon.com).

InterfaithFamily.com's Big Week

 My friend Ed Case of InterfaithFamily.com is having a good week, and I am not just saying that because he lavished much praise upon me last week on his blog.

He managed to place 18th in the Jewish Federations of North America’s Jewish Community Heroes Campaign, making him one of 20 semifinalists in the contest. Plus IFF, along with the Jewish Outreach Institute and several other groups that promote a more welcoming, inclusive and accessible Jewish community (including Jewish Milestones, Be’chol Lashon and Keshet), made the annual Slingshot list of 50 innovative Jewish organizations/startups.

Jewish Federations, Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

JFNA, Jewish Agency, Joint to work around traditional 75-25 split.

09/28/2010
JTA

The New York-based Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have been struggling with the JFNA for nearly two years over how to split the more than $100 million raised by the federation system for overseas needs. The two overseas partners have traditionally split the money using a formula that gives 75 percent of the funds to the Jewish Agency and 25 percent to JDC.

The leadership of Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, a longtime ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, is credited with make deal poss
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