The most newsworthy aspect of the piece was buried deep in the story, which dealt, in part, with the disagreement between national Jewish federation officials and leading Jewish demographers over commissioning another national Jewish population study.
Federations roll the dice on Sin City summit, hoping TribeFest will turn 1,100 young Jews into future leaders.
Assistant Managing Editor
Leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America are clearly hoping that what happens next week in Las Vegas won’t stay in Las Vegas.
The inaugural TribeFest at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino there from Sunday to Tuesday is intended as the ultimate “big-tent event,” drawing more than 1,100 unaffiliated or marginally affiliated Jews in their 20s, 30s and early 40s.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Enmeshed in the battle against Israel’s delegitimization, mainstream American Jewish organizations are embracing a strategy of acknowledging what’s wrong about Israel as a way of getting across what’s right about the nation.
Jewish groups fear political crossfire as cuts loom.
James D. Besser
Jewish groups are caught between a rock and a budgetary hard place as a battered Obama administration battles resurgent congressional Republicans over tax-and-spending issues that threaten to produce the sharpest cuts to health and human service programs in history.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu devoted the bulk of his speech last week in New Orleans to the threat Israel faces as Iran moves toward full nuclear capability. As he spoke, at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, I could not help thinking about another speech given by a head of state facing a nuclear threat – that of President Kennedy at his 1961 inauguration.
This year's General Assembly took place in New Orleans, bringing together professional and lay leaders in the Jewish community. Highlights included speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice-President Joe Biden.
When protesters heckled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in New Orleans, the adults in the audience may have been surprised or even shocked. Many of the students in the 600-strong Hillel presence had a different reaction.