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  • Israel vows big investment in world Jewry project, though details remain fuzzy

    June 3, 2014 | 8:47 am

    Its leaders call it a “historic development,” a “paradigm shift” and a “change in the relationship” between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.

    But when it comes to the details of the Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jewry, key questions have yet to be answered —...

  • 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...

  • The sound of the breaking dam

    November 20, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    A conference on inclusion of people with disabilities may mark the beginning of a new era in Jewish communal attitudes.

    For years, it has fallen to the parents of children with intellectual, physical, learning, social and other disabilities and differences to battle the...

  • Attracting Gen Y at GA

    November 13, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    A dozen officials from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles flew to Baltimore this week to attend the annual conference of the national body representing 155 federations, where they discussed many of the urgent challenges confronting American and Canadian Jewry.

    But Gary...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Homeland Security official briefs Jewish leaders after Toulouse

    March 22, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    A top Homeland Security official briefed Jewish groups in the wake of the deadly attack in Toulouse, France.

    Bill Flynn, an assistant undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to over 120 leaders in a phone call on Wednesday, two days after lone gunman believed to...

  • JFNA calls for pope to seek release of Alan Gross

    March 1, 2012 | 11:44 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America is urging Pope Benedict XVI to seek the release of Alan Gross during the pope’s upcoming visit to Cuba.

    The group is circulating a nationwide online petition calling for the pope to seek Gross’ release as part of a nationwide appeal by the...

  • 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...

  • OU, JFNA slam Obama plan to reduce deduction rate

    February 14, 2012 | 10:27 am

    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...

  • JFNA’s Kathy Manning on list of 10 ‘extraordinary’ women

    November 14, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    Kathy Manning, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, was named to Jewish Women International’s annual list of 10 “Extraordinary Women to Watch.

    The list featured in the organization’s Jewish Woman magazine began in 1998.

    Along with Manning, the 2011 list cites...

  • JFNA criticizes jobs bill for targeting tax deduction

    September 14, 2011 | 11:10 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America criticized how President Obama proposes funding his jobs bill, although it has praised other elements of the bill.

    The jobs bill introduced last week would cut write-offs for charitable donations from 35 percent to 28 percent for those earning...

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