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Jewish Agency Takes In OTZMA

01/07/2013
Staff Writer

The Jewish Federations of North America announced Friday that it will transfer ownership of its OTZMA Israel Experience, one of the first programs that enabled young adults to live and learn in Israel, to a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for Israel, effective July 1.

JFNA's TribeFest Event To Skip 2013

12/04/2012

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is planning the third installment of its TribeFest young leadership conference for 2014, giving the Las Vegas confab a year off after successful events this year and last year.

The umbrella group for American Jewish philathropy is instead planning a smaller, low-key young leadeship conference  this March in Dallas, to include several hundred TribeFest alumni.

What happens in Vegas won't include TribeFest this March.

Avoiding The Jewish Fiscal Cliff

A collaborative approach for improving the effectiveness of Jewish philanthropy

11/28/2012

The other main Capitol Hill sport these days (after obsessive coverage of the Petraeus scandal) is how the government can avoid the impending Fiscal Cliff. A similarly serious financial challenge lurks in the future of the Jewish Community – namely, how how do we better balance our books and continue to fund and maintain an engaging, vibrant and thriving Jewish community worldwide? We may not be running toward a cliff, but a slide to the bottom of the hill leaves you in the same place.

Federations Spending $5 Million To Help Israelis In War Zone

11/16/2012

The Jewish Federations of North America committed $5 million for an Israeli terrorism relief fund to help Israeli victims of the conflict with Hamas in Israel's south.

Federations Spending $5 Million To Help Israelis In War Zone

11/16/2012

The Jewish Federations of North America committed $5 million for an Israeli terrorism relief fund to help Israeli victims of the conflict with Hamas in Israel's south.

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

New National Jewish Population Survey In The Works

At GA, foundation announced $1 million challenge grant to Berman Jewish Policy Archive.

11/13/2012
Staff Writer

The Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation announced yesterday a $1 million grant for the purposes of conducting a national Jewish population study next year, which would be the first such study since the one conducted in 2000-2001.

The grant, awarded to the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy, is a challenge grant, meaning the research team must raise the rest of the study’s budget of about $2 million by Sept. 1. The foundation also supports the policy archive.

JFNA, URJ Open Relief Funds For Hurricane Sandy

11/02/2012

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the umbrella group for organized philanthropy in major cities and regions, announced Oct. 30 that it has opened its Hurricane Relief Fund for donations towards recovery and rebuilding from the devastation Hurricane Sandy caused on the East Coast.

UPDATE 1: Jewish Federations To Close Israel Program OTZMA

OTZMA, founded in 1986, is now one of more than 200 Israel programs.

11/01/2012
Staff Writer

(Adds comment from JFNA, alumnus)

The Jewish Federations of North America announced Thursday that the current class in its OTZMA Israel experience program will be the last, spurring more than a third of its 1400 alumni to sign a petition imploring JFNA to save OTZMA for its own sake.

OTZMA placed its participants with "adoptive" Israeli families. Photo courtesy JFNA

Federations, Reform Movement Open Hurricance Sandy Fundraising Drives

10/31/2012

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the umbrella group for organized philanthropy in major cities and regions, announced Oct. 30 that it has opened its Hurricane Relief Fund for donations towards recovery and rebuilding from the devastation Hurricane Sandy caused on the East Coast.

Donations can be made at www.jfeds.org/SandyRelief.

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