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.
For a federation system hurting in tough times, New Orleans was a natural site for the GA.
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New Orleans — For a long time the 79th General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America had been scheduled to take place this week in Orlando, Fla. But after a top consultant scouted that city last winter, and concluded that it would add little to the spirit of the annual gathering of the federation movement — and that Disney World might prove a major distraction — the decision was made to move the three-day GA here to New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- As America’s 77 million baby boomers retire, they will place an unprecedented burden on the Jewish community’s infrastructure.
They will need more services, and many will want to become involved in a community that isn't making room for them.
The federation system in particular needs to meet the challenge -- and now, as the oldest boomers turn 65 next year -- or face losing the wealthiest and most highly educated generation in American Jewish history.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) – Vice President Joe Biden called the U.S.-Israel bond "unbreakable" in a speech to thousands of Jews at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.
Speaking at the opening plenary of the annual federations conference in New Orleans, Biden said that despite tensions that may seem to exist between the Obama administration and Israel, the tensions do not imply a weakening of ties between the two countries.
Jay saves lives with bone marrow in Boca Raton while Stephen conducts medical training seminars to help earthquake victims in Haiti. These are only two of the many stories of nominees for this year's Jewish Community Heroes award, announced at the General Assembly in New Orleans next week.
Economists may proclaim the Great Recession over, but a great many people in our community are still hurting. And for large numbers of them the health and human service programs funded through the Jewish federation system are an indispensable lifeline.