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
New York – The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is proud to announce that the United States Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the organization $12 million over 5 years, pending the availability of federal funds, to advance innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed supportive services for Holocaust survivors. This award will help Jewish organizations and …
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.
Amy Asin and Miriam Chilton to play new, key roles Contact: Annette Powers 212-650-4154 firstname.lastname@example.org DECEMBER 12, SAN ANTONIO, TX – At the organization’s North American board meeting today, Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs introduced two new vice presidents who will work with him to implement the Union’s 2020 Vision. “As …
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
Thousands of Jews marched alongside other people of faith in the People’s Climate March, which drew over 300,000 individuals to the streets of New York City on Sunday, September 21st.
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
A quarter of the Operation Protective Edge analysts on the Israel Consulate General in New York’s recommended list for media and community relations officials come from Bar-Ilan University. They are Prof. Efraim Inbar, of Bar-Ilan’s Begin-Sadat Center, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, of Bar-Ilan’s Political Science Department, and Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz, Deputy President of BIU.
Hazon, the world’s largest Jewish environmental organization, joins the North County Jewish Hub, a Leichtag Foundation Initiative based at the Ranch in Encinitas. Hazon, Hebrew for vision, was founded in 2000 in New York, and adds North County San Diego to its regions alongside Philadelphia, Boulder/Denver, and San Francisco, as well as the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Connecticut Berkshires.
The Genesis Prize Foundation announced that the inaugural Genesis Prize Laureate, Mr. Michael R. Bloomberg, has chosen to invest the $1 million award to create a global competition, named the Genesis Generation Challenge. The new competition will strive to find – and fund – the next big idea that would measurably better the world.
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.
Bar-Ilan University had the highest number of women recognized in Women magazine’s Academia and Education categories among all Israeli universities. Women, which is published by the newspaper Makor Rishon, selected 12 Bar-Ilan affiliated women on its recent listing of religious Zionist women in Israel who have reached the highest ranks in their fields.
In the video “A Passover Story: Archaelogy & the Exodus,” Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman, of the Zalman Shamir Bible Department of Bar-Ilan University, discusses how the Book of Exodus and the Passover Hagaddah use the language and imagery of the Egyptian pharaohs in order to explain how Hashem freed the Jewish People. He explains how recent archaeology finds shed greater insights into this issue.
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.
The Union for Reform Judaism has launched an innovative Camper Incentive Program for Jewish Military Families on Active Duty. The program will be offered at the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, which has served more than 10,000 Jewish children since 1970. Incentives vary in amount from $250.00 to $3,000 per child, based on the military rank of the parent(s) and the child’s age.
Rabbi Rifat Sonsino has helped thousands of readers find God, and uncover the truths and legends behind the foundational myths of Judaism. Now, his new book by URJ Press explores one of the best known–and least understood–texts in the Bible: the Ten Commandments.
NFTY, the Reform youth movement, has elected an extraordinary team of leaders for its 75th anniversary year. The new NFTY North American Board for 2014-2015/5774-5775 will be installed during the next NFTY general board meeting in June at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY.
s the enrollment level of boys surpasses that of girls for the inaugural summer at the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) has made a $5,000 grant from its YES (Youth, Education, & Special Projects) Fund to provide scholarships for girl participants.
The American Technion Society (ATS) has announced that Jeffrey Richard, of Riverdale, N.Y., will become the organization’s new Executive Vice President in May, following a nationwide search. Melvyn H. Bloom, who has led the organization for the past three decades, will become Executive Vice President Emeritus. Mr. Richard, a fundraising professional with more than two …
Experiences that blend Jewish learning with the outdoors, food, and environment are attracting a growing number of diverse Jews to meaningful and inspiring Jewish life, reports the first-ever national survey on Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE) —Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE). The report, released today by a group of six major funders and Hazon, examines the history, programs, professionals, and participants that comprise JOFEE experiences. Leaders of JOFEE are eager to share the key findings and continue a conversation about its potential for growth and for Jewish engagement.
With Earth Day falling on the Eighth Day of Passover this year, Hazon has announced ‘Eco-Passover’ as the theme for Isabella Freedman’s annual Passover Retreat, both to enjoy the holiday and to explore the relevance of Passover to our collective responsibility to care for the planet.
Abraham H. Foxman today announced he will step down from his position as National Director of the Anti-Defamation League on July 20, 2015, bringing to a close a 50-year career in Jewish communal service.
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.
The Anti-Defamation League welcomed the introduction of legislation to revive and strengthen important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). Last year, in Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key portions of the VRA, essentially gutting the heart of the law. The legislation introduced yesterday, H.R. 3899/S. 1945, known as the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, among other things creates a new formula to determine which states and jurisdictions will have to “pre-clear” voting changes with the federal government.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and MyJewishLearning (MJL) announced their intention to merge the two organizations.
NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2013 – The Jewish Museum in New York City is launching the first annual JM26, a thought-provoking and entertaining list of 26 events, people, and ideas that have made a mark in 2013. From an activist bar mitzvah boy arguing for marriage equality to limited edition Katz’s Deli sneakers and President …
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cornell University President David J. Skorton, and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology President Peretz Lavie today formally executed a 99-year lease between the City of New York and Cornell Tech, which will pave the way for construction of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, exactly two years after Cornell and academic …
Youth engagement, partnerships, inclusion, Israel-Diaspora relations and religious pluralism were key themes
Hazon has received a grant from the Leichtag Foundation to place a staff person at the North County Jewish Hub located at the Ranch in Encinitas, a property recently purchased by the Leichtag Foundation that serves as a nexus of sustainable agriculture, social justice, and community development.
Rabbi David Hartman, z”l, Honored Posthumously with Reform Movement’s Highest Honor
PM Netanyahu Spoke By Video, Jim Tisch, Ken Bialkin Co-Chairs
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.
New York, NY – The eight day holiday of Hanukkah begins at sundown on Wednesday, November 27th. The Jewish Museum’s Hanukkah app, which debuted in 2012 and has now been expanded, is available for free in the App Store and on Google Play. The app is perfect for those without a menorah, travelers, students, or …
8th Night for Ethan – a series of Hanukkah fundraising events to help the family of a URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute camper who suffered a severe brain injury from a lightning strike.
November 18, 2013, New York City – Ofir Ben Shitrit, the 18-year-old Israeli singing sensation whose participation in The Voice led to her suspension from her religious school, will be performing at the upcoming international conference of JOFA, The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance on December 7 at John Jay College. Ben Shitrit, whose second-place win …
Renowned Speakers and Innovative Sessions Focus on Food Justice, Jewish Cooking
The URJ General Disaster Relief Fund is collecting donations that will be distributed to aid groups working in affected areas.
The second session of the Knesset Caucus for Israel-US relations, held by M.K Dr. Nachman Shai in cooperation with the Ruderman Family Foundation, was held on November 12, 2013 at the Knesset in Jerusalem. The session focused on “Jewish Dialogue 2013: What are the boundaries and limitations?” Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Rabbi David Stav were guest speakers. These are Rabbi Jacobs’ remarks.
In response to the deadly typhoon in the Philippines that has already left tens of thousands of innocent victims dead and countless others suffering, members of the worldwide medical community have joined together to do all they can to lend a helping hand. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has pledged to do everything in the organization’s power to aid in medical relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
New York, NY, November 12, 2013 – Times Square will be showing off a very different kind of superstar tomorrow: the heroes and heroines of Jewish Orthodox feminism. In advance of the upcoming 8th International JOFA conference, titled, “Voices of Change”, a special Times Square billboard will display five of the most valiant women and …
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.
For Immediate Release: JOFA Conference Set to Tackle Social Changes in Orthodoxy October 31, 2013, New York City – The Orthodox community will be addressing the issue of “slut-shaming” for the first time in a large public forum at the upcoming International Conference of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. This is one of many …
A group of Orthodox rabbis recently made a statement supposedly on behalf of the Orthodox community. We would like to make it clear that despite their pronouncements, they do not speak for us. In fact, we find their letter to be an embarrassment to the religion that they claim to represent.
Recent news stories regarding divorces being obtained through violent and criminal means have caused concern about how the Orthodox community is dealing with agunot, women chained in unwanted marriages. JOFA responds to these concerns as follows: We unequivocally condemn the practice in which rabbis, under the guise of freeing women from their dead marriages, are …
The full schedule for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly on Nov. 10-12, 2013 in Jerusalem.
Thousands of Jewish community leaders from across the globe are preparing to convene in Israel for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, Nov. 10-12 in Jerusalem. With 140 speakers – half of them women – from the political, philanthropic, business, religious and cultural worlds, the GA will gather over 3000 participants from 93 different communities across North America, Israel and Europe – including the heads of the Jewish communities of France, Hungary, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Belgium, Italy and the Czech Republic – to join the “Global Jewish Shuk: a marketplace of dialogue and debate.”
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the Israeli government for proceeding with an earlier decision to free 26 convicted and jailed Palestinian terrorists from Israeli jails as part of a phased freeing of 104 such terrorists.
Acclaimed author Francesca Segal joins an illustrious list of awardees today as Hadassah Magazine honors her with this year’s Harold U. Ribalow Prize. For the past 30 years, Hadassah Magazine has honored an author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme, and Segal will be honored December 4th in New York.
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) today applauded a key Senate committee’s support for the Older Americans Act, including a provision requiring guidance for care and outreach to aging Holocaust survivors – an issue critical to Federations and the Jewish community.
Camp Harlam, the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) regional overnight camp for the Mid-Atlantic region, announced it will open the Harlam Day Camp beginning in June 2014, at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (Barrack) in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
URJ’s Relief Fund Collected Nearly $850,000 in Donations, Mobilized Hundreds of Volunteers
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to become the First Sitting Israeli Prime Minister to Address the URJ Biennial, the Largest Jewish Gathering in North America.
Continuing progress toward elevating women’s voices in national Israeli policy, Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid announced this week that he has named Professor Hanna Herzog to a panel that will study gender inequality in the national budget. Herzog, who will be the academic representative on the task force, also serves as chairperson of the NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program at Tel Aviv University, a program of the National Council of Jewish Women.
In a move that will help make Jewish causes more relevant to the next generation of Jewish women across the country, Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, announced today the launch of a new Women’s Leadership Board to advise the newly formed Hadassah Leadership Fellows Program.
Israeli President Shimon Peres will speak next month at the General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in Jerusalem. President Peres will be interviewed on stage, and participants at the event and around the world will have the opportunity to ask questions through President Peres’s Facebook page.
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.
Registration is now open for URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a new summer camp offering high-level programming in science and technology.
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.
Jewish Federations’ planned giving and endowment programs grew dramatically in 2012, according to a just-released annual survey.
The Jewish Federations of North America annual survey of endowment development showed Federation/Jewish community foundation-managed endowments increased a hefty 7.6 percent from the prior year’s survey, underscoring charitable endowments and contributions have continued to play a major role in furthering Jewish philanthropic giving.
Now, a century later, Chabad-Lubavitch historian Eli Rubin has unearthed new information about the trial of Mendel Beilis that remained unknown to modern-day researchers of the trial. Some of his discoveries were recently published on Chabad.org in an article titled The Tsar’s Scapegoats: Beilis, the Chassidim and the Jews.
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.
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:
Volunteers from throughout the state and beyond have been helping with both the physical effort and donations for those devastated by floodwaters. With the holiday of Sukkot beginning on Wednesday night, Colorado Chabads are in the midst of all the planning and preparation.
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”
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 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.
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.
TheJewishWoman.org – the premier destination on the Web for Jewish women of all backgrounds – is relaunching with new content, a new design and a renewed commitment to help its readers “graduate in their Judaism.”