Eric Michaelson joins Jewish National Fund as Chief Israel Officer

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.

NA’AMAT USA Attends International Solidarity Conference in Israel

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 Announces New Grants

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 Israel Institute Internship Programs

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:

Take action for women’s rights to birth control

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.

Justice, finally, for Holocaust-era ghetto workers after Merkel-Netanyahu meeting

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.

Branding a Nation: One Village at a Time

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.

Eric Rosenthal Presented 2013 Charles Bronfman Prize for Fighting Worldwide to End Segregation and Abuse of People with Disabilities

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.

ZOA Applauds PM Netanyahu’s Promise To Stop Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program, Even If It Has To Act Alone

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.

ZOA: Sec’y Kerry’s Statement that Israeli/Palestinian Peace is “Important” to “Regional Security and Stability” is Nonsense

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 Institutes Attract Unaffiliated Teens: Teens Build Special Skills While Exploring Jewish Identity

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.

Kerry’s Proclaiming An “Unbelievably Small” Attack On Syria Deserves Unbelievably Small Support

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”

ZOA: Why Is Obama Contemplating Military Strike On Syria, Where No Massive Security Risk To U.S. Exists, But Not Iran, Which Is Developing Nuclear Weapons?

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.

Masa Israel Journey and Israel Action Network Launch New Fellowship

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.

NCJW Joins in Celebrating March on Washington Anniversary

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.

ZOA Calls On Pres. Obama & World Leaders To Condemn Muslim Brotherhood Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

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.

$1 Million Matching Fund for Jewish Social Change Launches Today

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.

ZOA: Criticizes ‘Glaring Hypocrisy’ – Obama Critical of Mexican Release of Murderer Of An American, Yet Pressured Israel To Release 104 Terrorists Who Murdered Hundreds Of Israelis

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.

ZOA Critical of Sec. Kerry’s Describing Jewish Communities in Judea/Samaria & E. J’lem As “Illegitimate”

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).

ADL Calls for ‘A New Jackson-Vanik’ in Response to Anti-Gay Bigotry and Harassment in Russia

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.”

Hiddush calls on the International Tennis Federation to respect religious freedom in the Davis Cup

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.