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  • Where is Federation’s Gaza war relief money going?

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    In each of Israel’s wars in recent years, as the country’s soldiers have been on the front lines and its civilians in the south have resided in bomb shelters, the Jewish social service establishment has consistently called upon Jews in the Diaspora to donate money to help. 

    And...

  • Jill Biden tells Jewish philanthropists she is praying for ‘peace in Gaza’

    3 weeks ago

    Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, told a group of American Jewish women that she was praying for “lasting peace in Gaza.”

    Jill Biden’s comments on Sunday during a speech at the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual Lions of Judah conference led some to...

  • Local groups receive volunteers to aid Holocaust survivors

    July 9, 2014 | 10:38 am

    A new partnership between national and Jewish service organizations will connect volunteers with Holocaust survivors beginning in September in several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. 

    Through an initiative between the Corporation for National & Community Service, Jewish...

  • Jewish Federations establishes fund for Ukrainian Jews

    March 6, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    The Jewish Federations of North America has launched a Ukraine Assistance Fund.

    The money raised by the umbrella group will be used to provide security for Jewish institutions and offer assistance to individuals as the country faces turmoil sparked by its recent revolution and...

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  • Jewish groups facing ‘concerted’ cyber attacks, security network warns

    February 26, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    U.S. Jewish groups face “a more concerted and aggressive effort” from Internet hackers, the national community’s security arm said in an alert.

    “It is imperative that all IT departments understand how to mitigate the threat and are up-to-date on the necessary technologies and...

  • Religious pluralism a theme at General Assembly

    November 14, 2013 | 5:13 pm

    It is a cause that elicited cheers from a roomful of participants at The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (G.A.).

    Leading politicians have long championed it and are now trying to push it through a divided Knesset. Nearly two-thirds of Israelis support it,...

  • Thinking big about littlest Jews

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 7, 2013 | 4:42 pm

    When Michael Siegal, chairman of the board of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), addresses the umbrella organization’s upcoming General Assembly (GA) in Jerusalem on Nov. 10, he may very well be thinking about a constituency not likely to be present at the Jerusalem...

  • Women on both sides of Kotel debate to share stage at JFNA GA

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 1, 2013 | 10:23 am

    When American Jewish leaders gather in Jerusalem for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly later this month, they’ll have the opportunity to hear from top Israeli political leaders on a variety of issues. They’ll also have the chance to witness the first...

  • North American federations back Sharansky’s Kotel compromise

    June 3, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    The Jewish Federations of North America’s board of trustees passed a resolution supporting Natan Sharansky’s proposed compromise on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

    Monday’s resolution, according to a JFNA statement, says the compromise “develops a pathway whereby the...

  • Oklahoma tornado: How you can help

    May 21, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    Jewish groups are joining the effort to help those displaced by the tornado in suburban Oklahoma City.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced Tuesday that his organization will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and...

  • Security prep for Memphis Klan rally seen as national model

    April 4, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    Cantor Ricky Kampf descends from the bimah, adjusts his prayer shawl and strides up the aisle, cutting through the cavernous sanctuary to greet the familiar out-of-towner.

    “Y’all here for the shindig?” Kampf says at the Baron Hirsch Synagogue here as he grasps the hand of Paul...

  • Two Surveys of U.S. Jewish Population on the Horizon - Finally

    By Pini Herman

    March 11, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Usually surveys only make news when they are released, but two long overdue surveys of the U.S.Jewish population are being planned. The surveys are being planned by two different entities, the Pew Research Center and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU.

    The two US Jewish...

  • Bill granting FEMA funds to Sandy-damaged shuls sparks uncharacteristic Jewish response

    February 19, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    How essential is a house of worship to a neighborhood?

    That’s the crux of a question now exercising Congress as a bill advances that would provide direct relief to synagogues and churches damaged by superstorm Sandy last October.

    The bill, which passed the U.S. House of...

  • Jewish schools, institutions join security conference call

    January 4, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    A conference call on school safety organized by the security arm of two national Jewish umbrellas drew over 800 participants.

    The call Thursday was organized by Secure Community Network, which is affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of...

  • ADL, Jewish federations regret failure to ratify disabilities treaty

    December 5, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Two national Jewish groups expressed regret at the U.S. Senate's failure to ratify a disability rights treaty.

    The Senate on Tuesday voted 61-38 in favor of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; but it needed a two thirds vote, or 67 votes, for ratification.

    ...
  • Jewish federations send $5 million to help Israelis in conflict zone

    November 16, 2012 | 9:28 am

    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.

    The money from the federation umbrella organization will go toward trauma counseling, financial assistance,...

  • Reform leader Rick Jacobs slams Israeli gov’t discrimination against non-Orthodox

    November 14, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said American Jews should no longer acquiesce to Israeli state-sanctioned discrimination against women and non-Orthodox Jews.

    "I would fight passionately for the right of Orthodox Jews to pray freely at the Kotel...

  • As federations await new funding model, no big buzz at GA

    November 13, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table (GPT) remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly in Baltimore this week.

    Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations...

  • Baltimore Diary: An instrumentalist case for Tikkun Olam

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 9:39 am

    After a couple of weeks of mostly political coverage, I'm once again surrounded by Jewish professionals and activists at the Baltimore General Assembly of the North American Jewish Federations. On Tuesday, I will be speaking in two panels - one on Israelis abroad and one about...

  • From Madoff to Sandy and on eve of GA, federations retool when crisis hits

    November 5, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    The national headquarters of the Jewish Federations of North America could not have been in a worse location when Sandy struck.

    Except, maybe, if it were located on the Jersey Shore.

    The Jewish Federations’ building in lower Manhattan lost power amid Hurricane Sandy’s winds and...

  • Jewish community bears impact of Hurricane Sandy

    October 30, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    Less than a year into her job at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, N.Y., Rabbi Debbie Bravo sounded remarkably poised as she and her community faced one of their most powerful challenges together: Hurricane Sandy.

    Bravo’s land line was dead. When she picked up her cell phone...

  • Homeland Security, other agencies distribute Jewish community primer

    October 3, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    American law enforcement and homeland security agencies are distributing a primer prepared by the Jewish community that details Jewish life and violent incidents directed at Jews in the United States and abroad.

    The Secure Community Network (SCN), an initiative of the Jewish...

  • Who knows who L.A.'s Jews are?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 25, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Susan Goldberg, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, grew up in nearby Echo Park.

    “There were no Jewish families around when I was growing up,” Goldberg, 38, said. Now that these neighborhoods are being gentrified, and a young, creative crowd is moving...

  • Jewish organizations raising funds to help victims of the attack in Bulgaria

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    Jewish organizations are reaching out to help the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack by a suicide bomber in Bulgaria, which killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver and wounded more than 30 others. To help, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for...

  • ‘We are Israelis saying that we have come of age’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 6, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Arik Rosenblum, Managing Director of Takdim, the Ramat Hasharon Community Foundation, discusses the community-based organization’s philosophy, activities and place in the Jewish world.


    Starting with the basics: what is Takdim and what inspired you to launch the organization?

    ...
  • JFNA rips chief rabbi’s criticism of state pay for non-Orthodox rabbis

    June 21, 2012 | 11:39 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America slammed Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar’s criticism of the Israeli government’s decision to pay the salaries of some non-Orthodox rabbis.

    “It is a fundamental Jewish virtue to ‘love your fellow as yourself.’ We condemn comments that...

  • JFNA rabbis talk Israel with U.N. envoys

    June 18, 2012 | 11:39 am

    A cadre of 60 rabbis from the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America discussed Israel’s treatment at the United Nations with delegations from 12 countries.

    The Cabinet’s annual meeting, which took place last week in New York, included talks with U.N....

  • Finding their place [VIDEO]

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 22, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Lauren Levine is settling in with a group of friends apartment to watch “American Idol,” when a look of panic comes over her face. She rummages around, finds her keys and darts out.

    “I left the hair thing on,” she says when she returns, breathless, from her own apartment...

  • Jewish groups praise security grants, despite major cuts

    February 22, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Jewish groups praised the Obama administration and Congress for $10 million in new homeland security grants while noting that the allocation was nearly halved from last year.

    “While tough decisions were made by Congress and the Administration, we appreciate the outreach both...

  • Hundreds of volunteers help Federation kick off ‘Super Week’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 15, 2012 | 5:38 pm

    On Feb. 12, more than 700 volunteers convened at sites from Manhattan Beach to the Conejo Valley for a day of community service projects and fundraising to support The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    But unlike last year, when at the close of Super Sunday, Federation knew...

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