Award will recognize 18 businesses from the US and Canada that have shown a history of inclusive hiring and employing people with disabilities; judges will include the likes of Richard E. Marriot
Forward-Thinking Jewish Educational Organizations and Initiatives are Awarded a Total of $1.6 Million. Approximately $1.8 Million to Be Disbursed in 2016
Five innovative and outstanding emerging Jewish educators are the 2015 recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. Recipients are from Baltimore; Marblehead, MA; New York; Tempe, AZ; and West Hills, CA
Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced that Eric Michaelson, former executive vice president of Nefesh B’Nefesh, will serve as JNF’s new Chief Israel Officer reporting directly to CEO Russell F. Robinson and manage logistics, operations and develop partner relationships for the 114-year old organization.
Three visionary educators demonstrating the power of inspired Jewish education to create change and drive impact are the 2015 recipients of The Covenant Award for excellence in the field, The Covenant Foundation announced today.
Members of the Northwestern community have responded to the Student Senate’s vote in favor of divestment of six companies doing business with Israel by seeking signatures from Northwestern community members repudiating the resolution.
Leaders of NA’AMAT USA joined representatives of the organization from Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Argentina, Uruguay and Israel last week for the first NA’AMAT International Solidarity Conference in Israel. The delegation, led by national president Elizabeth Raider, were special guests of the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin during the conference’s opening session on February 10.
The Covenant Foundation announced $1.6 million in new grants today as part of its mission to support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education. Across the spectrum of Jewish educational venues and approaches – from community centers and digital labs, to day schools and synagogues – this new round of grants underscores a commitment to innovative work that is redefining and strengthening the scope, reach and depth of Jewish education.
The Jim Joseph Foundation-Israel Institute Internship is a paid summer internship in the U.S. open to current college sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in Israel-related work. The Steinhardt-Israel Institute Internship Program is a paid yearlong internship that places recent college grads at top Israeli think tanks. For more information, please visit: www.israelinstitute.org/programs/internships
The officers and board members of NA’AMAT USA, a national and international organization promoting the welfare rights of women, children and families in Israel and around the world, strongly oppose the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case allowing employers to refuse to pay for birth control coverage.
Jewish Engagement Platform Provides Personalized Event and Activity Recommendations to Young Adults and Young Families
Judith Laikin Elkin’s foundational book on the Jewish communities of Latin America quickly became the standard resource on the topic, and has been updated for the first time in fifteen years.
The David Project, an organization dedicated to proactively shaping the conversation on U.S. college campuses about Israel, has announced that Executive Director David Bernstein will be transitioning out of the organization.
On Sunday evening, April 6, Dr. Robert Stearns will address the Friends of the IDF’s third annual “Saving Lives Gala” in Los Angeles, CA.
Elizabeth Raider, NATIONAL NA’AMAT USA President, has announced that a select group of young and talented members from around the U.S. have returned from a 10 day mission to Israel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced, during her recent visit to Israel and after discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that Germany will dramatically
expand its Ghetto pension (ZRBG) program by eliminating all deadlines associated with this program.
The “must see Jewish show of the millennium” concludes its run Mar. 9, 2014.
Former NASA astronaut, NASA Ames Research Center chief scientist, Ramon Foundation officials join together at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University to prepare launch of Ramon Campus in memory of Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon.
2014 Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Award contest deadline is May 10, 2014.
Diverse group of Jewish educational organizations and initiatives awarded grants totaling $1.6 million; approximately $1.8 million to be disbursed in 2014.
Washington Jewish Week, owned and operated by WJW Media Group, an award-winning publication serving the Jewish community for the most powerful city in the world — is seeking a dynamic editor to be the face of the publication and lead its editorial team.
After winning their recent UN Innovation Award, US-based non-profit Innovation: Africa (iA) was honored yet again, this time with the Wharton School’s Social Media Leadership Award in the category of Nation Branding. They were recognized along with other leaders in the field such as American Airlines, Dell and Chase.
BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement, engaged nearly 7,000 teens in 32 communities across North America at pre-screenings of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to raise awareness about hunger.
Sivan Ya’ari, founder of Innovation: Africa, was the first Israeli to be honored with the UN Innovation Award for bringing Israeli solar and agro tech to African villages. In less than 6 years, her tech solutions have helped over 475,000 people.
Eric Rosenthal, a trailblazing global advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and Founder and Executive Director of an international human rights organization dedicated to ending their segregation and abuse, has formally received the 2013 Charles Bronfman Prize. Each year, The Charles Bronfman Prize – with an accompanying $100,000 award – goes to a young humanitarian whose work is informed by Jewish values and has global impact changing lives and inspiring a younger generation.
A recent poll has shown that clear majorities of Israelis support Israel undertaking military strikes against Iran, should this prove necessary to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has announced Tamar Copeland will join its senior management team as Chief Philanthropic Officer
The Covenant Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Covenant Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education, given each year to three educators who exemplify innovation, inspiration and impact in the field of Jewish education and in their communities.
On November 28, 2013, for the first and only time in any of our lifetimes, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving. The next time this will occur will be in 70,000 years.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has drawn attention to new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s boasting in an Iranian television interview of having played an instrumental role in Iranian deception on its nuclear weapons program over the years.
Registration is now open for URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a new summer camp offering high-level programming in science and technology.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has condemned Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) for praising the attempted murder of a 9-year old Jewish girl by a member of Fatah, the party founded by Yasser Arafat which controls the PA and of which Mahmoud Abbas is leader.
Handing over the West Bank to PA state, including the strategically vital Jordan Valley, would entail drastic deterioration in Israeli security.
The URJ Service Corps program engages young camp staff and alumni to apply their experience, talents, and skills to create experiential, camp-style programming for families and youth in synagogue communities around the country.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the UN General Assembly, in which he unequivocally stated that Israel would not permit the Shia Islamist extremist regime in Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and that, if necessary, Israel would resort to military action alone if no other option was available to achieve that vital objective.
The National Jewish Democratic Council is pleased to announce the selection of Rabbi Jack Moline as its Executive Director. Rabbi Moline, who currently serves as the spiritual leader of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, will assume direction of NJDC in January 2014.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has awarded grants to congregations in 17 cities to offer Taste of Judaism ™, a free, three-session class for beginners – Jewish or not – that explores the topics of Jewish spirituality, ethics and community values.
A new Pew Research Survey has shown that a large majority — 62% — of Palestinians justify the use of suicide terrorism.
In response to yesterday’s tragic shooting in Washington, DC, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement on behalf of NCJW:
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon the social media website, Facebook, to enforce its own guidelines on ‘Community standards’ and shut down several anti-Semitic hate sites that are clearly violating Facebook’s own guidelines.
On 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s National President Morton A. Klein has issued the following statement:
CORE18 is a social entrepreneurial boot camp for young Jewish innovators ages 19-25
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has strongly criticized Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement, following a meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas in London, saying that “a final status agreement [between the Israelis and the Palestinians] is important in enhancing regional security and stability throughout the Middle East”
NFTY, the Reform Youth Movement, has embarked on a series of new initiatives aimed at attracting teens who may not typically attend their traditional programs. NFTY Institutes offer teens specialized programming to enable them to explore niche areas of interest that are taught through a Jewish lens or in a Jewish environment.
Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (JNF-KKL) will hold a ceremony on September 11, 2013 with keynote speaker U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, commemorating the 12th anniversary for the 9/11 terror attacks at the 9/11 Living Memorial located in Jerusalem, Israel.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for stating yesterday, with regard to the prospect of the U.S. launching military operations against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, that the U.S. will be promoting “a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort … unbelievably small, limited kind of effort”
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s National President Morton A. Klein has released the following statement regarding Syria:
With the start of a new school year, there’s reason to be concerned: Anti-Semitism is a serious problem on some college campuses, causing Jewish students to feel threatened and even fear for their safety. Yet the U.S. government is not enforcing the law to protect them.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has queried why President Barack Obama is contemplating military strikes against the evil Bashar Assad regime in Syria — whose brutality in the current bloody and tragic Syrian civil war is conspicuously clear, but does not directly endanger the United States and its allies — but has refused to contemplate military strikes against Iran, whose ongoing development of a nuclear weapons capacity does pose a direct threat to the United States.
ZOA wants to share a holiday greeting we received from a good friend of Israel, Michelle Bachmann.
Masa Israel Journey and the Israel Action Network announced today the launching of their inaugural Masa-Israel Action Network Fellowship, in which alumni of long-term, immersive Masa Israel programs will gain insight about the state of Israel advocacy in the United States and receive tools to help them counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in their communities. The goal of this volunteer Fellowship is to offer young adults a unique opportunity to engage in supported, hands-on work in their community.
In response to Minister of Religious Affairs Naftali Bennett’s announcement today regarding upgrades at the Kotel, the Reform Movement released the following statement:
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued an open letter to Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd, strongly criticizing his outrageous July 25 letter to the Rock and Roll community which endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and called on fellow musicians to join him in refusing to perform in Israel.
The Jewish High Holiday season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur gets an artistic reinterpretation as the Washington DCJCC and SpeakeasyDC proudly present Atonement: Stories about Confession, Redemption and Making Amends, on Wednesday, August 21 at 8:00 pm at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW.
he National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today announced its endorsement of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington. The 2013 march will not only honor the commitment of 250,000 marchers 50 years ago but will seek to build support for progress on several issues that NCJW has long supported. These include jobs and economic justice, voting rights, workers’ rights, criminal justice reform and gun violence prevention, women’s rights, immigration reform, LGBT equality, environmental justice, and increased opportunities for youth.
AJC welcomed the strong condemnation by the White House of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest verbal attack against Israel.
A spokesman for the Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-Nazi political party, published an article today in the party’s newspaper, Chrysi Avgi, once again accusing Israel and “American Zionists” of a multitude of alleged “sins.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has organized a coalition of 49 national civil rights, religious, education, and professional organizations to submit comments to the Department of Education (DOE) in support of changes to mandatory reporting on bullying and harassment incidents in schools.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock at reports of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments accusing Israel of orchestrating the coup in Egypt while claiming his “evidence” was provided by an unidentified “Jewish French intellectual.”
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon President Barack Obama and world leaders, national and religious, to condemn the wave of Muslim Brotherhood-led anti-Christian murders and other violence in Egypt which, in recent days, has seen hundreds of Christians murdered and maimed and wounded; and over 40 churches burned down, destroyed and vandalized.
In advance of the Jewish High Holidays, which begin in early September this year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is reaching out to synagogues and Jewish communal institutions across the country to provide information on security preparedness and remind them to “always think security.”
Today, the Jewish Funders Network announced the launch of its new $1 million Jewish Social Change Matching Fund in partnership with the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, Dorot Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and Righteous Persons Foundation.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the glaring hypocrisy and inconsistency of President Barack Obama criticizing Mexican authorities for freeing a killer of an American while having pressured Israel, not only into freeing 104 terrorists who murdered, injured and maimed hundreds of Israeli men, women and children, but also a terrorist who murdered an American.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for stating that this week that “The United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate.” (‘US State Department displeased with new 1,000 settlement units’ bid, while Netanyahu meets with German FM, claims EU’s settlement ban “hardens Palestinian positions,”‘ Yediot Ahronot, August 13, 2013).
In response to a new national law in Russia prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” and fallout from the law’s passage that has brought about an upsurge in violence targeting gays and lesbians, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on the United States to impose penalties if the Russian government does not “step backward on this issue of basic human rights.”
In response to the recent controversy over the Belgium-Israel Davis Cup match scheduled to take place on Yom Kippur, Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel called on the International Tennis Federation to respect the Israeli Tennis Association’s right to freedom of religious expression.
The 33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Life Through a Jew(ish) Lens, wrapped today after a successful 19-day run, in its highest grossing year, with 8 sold-out shows at nine venues including the New Parkway and Grand Lake Theaters.
Americans for Peace Now (APN) today commended the 131 members of the House of Representatives who, in a remarkable show of bipartisan cooperation, came together to urge President Obama to pursue reinvigorated U.S. efforts to secure a negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs today welcomed the announced resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and congratulated Secretary of State John Kerry for his part in bringing the two sides together.