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  • A homecoming for Olim

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    Elissa Einhorn first wanted to make aliyah (emigrate to Israel) 30 years ago, but her late father, a Holocaust survivor who was convinced America was the best place in the world, didn’t support her dream. 

    So, the 56-year-old writer from Sacramento stifled the urge to relocate to...

  • Seven revealing facts about Jews at American colleges

    December 18, 2015 | 9:30 am

    Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, released its annual fall college guide earlier this month — complete with rankings of “The Top Schools Jews Choose.” The figures are estimated by campus Hillels. Here are seven takeaways.

    1. University of Florida has the most Jewish...

  • Pew study: Muslims to overtake American Jews by 2050

    April 2, 2015 | 2:26 pm

    In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

    The report, which was released Thursday, also found that more American Jews are leaving Judaism than non-Jews are joining the Jewish people.

    According to “The...

  • L.A. Federation at G.A. offers ideas for attracting young Jews

    November 13, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Leaders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were in Jerusalem this week to take part in The Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (G.A.). In all, the G.A. — which is held in Israel once every five years — attracted more than 3,000 participants...

  • ‘Israeliness’ may be the answer for secular American Jews

    November 6, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    The recent Pew survey of American Jews caused a flutter in the organized Jewish community.

    The survey raises a number of questions about the efficacy of Jewish institutions, leaving professionals and donors alike in a position of uncertainty regarding their investments in the...

  • Slingshot announces annual list of 50 most innovative organizations

    October 24, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Eighteen organizations made their debut on the annual Slingshot Guide of the 50 most innovative Jewish groups.

    The guide, which was launched in 2005 by a group of donors in their 20s and 30s,  evaluates North American Jewish organizations on “their innovative approach, the impact...

  • Moving and Shaking: Stuart Leviton named MRJ president and TEBH holds gala

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2013 | 10:57 am

    Stuart Leviton, a member of West Hollywood’s Congregation Kol Ami, was recently installed as president of Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ), the umbrella organization for brotherhoods and men’s clubs throughout Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) congregations in North America.

    His election...

  • The Birthright Israel flip side: Fewer high school students traveling to Israel

    April 17, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    With the summer travel season fast approaching, providers of Israel programs for teenagers are bracing themselves for what several say could be a season of historically low travel in a year unaffected by major security concerns.

    Over the past decade, Israel travel among those...

  • Joshua Venture Group names 8 fellows to receive $100,000 each

    September 12, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    The Joshua Venture Group named eight fellows for its 2012-14 Dual Investment Program.

    The North American social entrepreneurs announced Sept. 10 each will receive $80,000 in unrestricted funding for their Jewish ventures and more than $20,000 in personalized coaching, training...

  • Israel denies pro-Palestinian activists entry to West Bank

    August 27, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Pro-Palestinian activists were denied entry into the West Bank from Jordan by Israeli authorities.

    Approximately 100 members of the Welcome to Palestine movement attempted to cross into the West Bank on Sunday via the Allenby Bridge.

    The activists said they were carrying one ton of...

  • Importing Israeli creativity

    November 17, 2011 | 11:31 am

    Don’t buy Israeli products just to support the Jewish state. Buy them because they’re well-made, cutting-edge, even avant-garde in quality, look and feel, says Nili Shalev, Israel’s economic minister to North America.

    “It’s not just important to buy Israeli. It’s a...

  • Federation plan a blow to Jewish Agency for Israel

    November 8, 2011 | 1:38 pm

    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...

  • Rabbis pray for humane work conditions for tomato farmers

    September 15, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    Rabbis for Human Rights-North America took part in a prayer event in a Florida Publix supermarket to help ensure the safety of tomatoes pickers.

    Fifteen rabbis and two rabbinical students took part in the prayer circle Thursday in Naples urging Publix to sign the Fair Food...

  • ‘Talk Israel’ tents coming to college campuses

    September 15, 2011 | 11:55 am

    The Jewish Agency for Israel and Hillel are erecting white tents on 20 campuses throughout North America to serve as forums to discuss Israel and the Middle East.

    The “Talk Israel” program will take place Sept. 20 and 21 at universities including the University of...

  • North American immigrants lead in Israel’s nonprofit sector

    March 21, 2011 | 10:35 am

    When David Portowicz was a new immigrant to Israel from Brooklyn in the 1970s, he began research on poverty in Jaffa that would lead to his life’s work: the creation of a nonprofit organization that now serves thousands of disadvantaged children and their families.

    A doctoral...

  • It’s official: Jewish camp strengthens Jewish identity

    March 1, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Hundreds of thousands of Jewish camp alumni—and their parents—have long known that those halcyon weeks spent at Jewish summer camp don’t just cement lifelong friendships, they strengthen Jewish identity.

    Now they have it in writing.

    A new study on the long-term impact of Jewish...

  • Birthright gets record number of applicants

    February 23, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    Birthright Israel received a record-breaking number of North American applicants for its free, ten-day trip to Israel.

    The organization, which provides all-expense-paid trips to Israel for Diaspora Jews aged 18 to 26, received 40,108 applicants during the seven-day registration...

  • North American rabbis protest conversion policy

    February 23, 2011 | 11:03 am

    Dozens of North American Orthodox rabbis protested to Israel’s Interior Ministry following reports that converts under Orthodox auspices are being denied the right to immigrate.

    “We are concerned that conversions performed under our auspices are being questioned vis-à-vis aliyah...

  • 50 Nifty Jewish Groups

    By Rachel Pomerance

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Do the words "innovative" and "Jewish groups" seem like oxymorons? Not to the publishers of "Slingshot," a new guidebook to the "50 most innovative Jewish groups in North America," published by a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.

    "Slingshot," which is...

  • Spectator - Family Doc Unlocks Doors

    By Susan Josephs

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Growing up in Syracuse, N.Y, Eileen Douglas lived for the moments she could climb into her grandfather's lap and find the pennies he brought -- special for her. He faithfully visited his grandchildren every day after leaving his work as a butcher. Yet he never really spoke about his...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales seminar,...

  • Why Not L.A.?

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) of North America convened its April 21-24 Biennial 2002 convention in Los Angeles, delegates from all over the continent assembled to discuss the challenges facing the JCC system: security issues, the direction of early childhood...

  • Nervous But United

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a speech that was the centerpiece of the North American Jewish federation system's gathering in Chicago this week, Israel's prime minister recalled being a small child when he heard of the United Nations' 1947 vote to partition Palestine.

    That period - when the Jews' willingness to...

  • Cantors Sing a New Song

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If Jewish Los Angeles seemed a more melodious place in late June, you can thank 250 of the Reform movement's sweet singers of Israel, who gathered in Beverly Hills to celebrate Jewish music and share their knowledge, skills, and repertoire.

    The 47th annual convention of the American...