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.

NJDC Removes Petition Against Adelson

07/12/2012

 

The National Jewish Democratic Council, citing peace among Jewish groups, has taken down a petition calling on Republicans not to accept money from Sheldon Adelson.

U.S. Grants $9.7 Million To Protect Potential Jewish Targets

07/01/2012

The Department of Homeland Security has allocated $9.7 million to Jewish organizations and facilities considered vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

U.S. Jewish Groups Condemn Anti-African Violence In Tel Aviv

05/25/2012

Jewish groups called on Israel to protect African migrants in Israel after riots in Tel Aviv.

OU, JFNA Slam Obama Plan To Reduce Deduction Rate

02/14/2012

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two national Jewish organizations criticized a provision in the Obama administration’s federal budget proposal that would reduce the tax deductibility rate of charitable donations.

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and The Jewish Federations of North America both released statements Monday objecting to the president's proposal, which would force taxpayers earning more than $250,000 to deduct contributions to charities at a rate of 28 percent rather than the current rate of 35 percent.

Sharansky, In NY Visit, Downplays Shift In Jewish Agency’s Role

11/10/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

A day after the Jewish Federations of North America voted to stop automatically channeling funds for Israel through the Jewish Agency, its chairman downplayed the major shift in diaspora relations as “technical disagreements” during an appearance in New York.

Natan Sharansky: Funding change "will have no meaning in history."

JFNA Flexing Muscles On Allocations

At GA, new federation plan for overseas seen as blow to Jewish Agency.

11/08/2011

Denver — After a decades-long partnership that saw the Jewish Agency for Israel serve as the official, exclusive Zionist arm of North America’s Jewish community federations, the federation system is getting ready to date other partners.

But Jewish Agency officials say it feels more like the beginning of a divorce.

The scene on the first day of the GA in Denver.

Burying The Lead On My Column

If I had it to do over again, I would change the lead of my Oct. 28 column, “How Many U.S. Jews, and Who Cares?”

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.

Back Off On The Bacchanalia

And lay off the booze-for-young-Jews outreach model.

03/30/2011
Editor And Publisher

One of the dirty little secrets of Jewish outreach efforts to young people — particularly to college students and those in their 20s — is the use of alcohol to entice them.

The most recent case in point was TribeFest, a five-day gathering sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America to attract people in the 22-to-45 age range.

Gary Rosenblatt

Nuance in the delegitimization debate: why is the Jewish establishment so scared of it?

You want to know what bothers me the most about Jewish communal life?

In our zeal to protect Israel and our anger at a world that is habitually unfair to the Jewish state, we insist on rigid orthodoxies that can only undermine the cause we say we believe in.

There's no place for thoughtfulness and nuance in this world, only slogans, litmus tests and exclusion of those who disagree with specific ideologies about what's best for Israel.

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