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 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: www.israelinstitute.org/programs/internships

Jews to Blow the Shofar in the People’s Climate March NYC on September 21

The People’s Climate March is mobilizing people of all backgrounds to demand political progress toward a world safe from the ravages of climate change, with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone. Already over 90 Jewish organizations have signed up to bring marchers.

America’s Largest Jewish Environmental Organization, Hazon, Takes Root in San Diego

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.

Michael R. Bloomberg Receives Genesis Prize Honoring Life Achievements in Public Service, Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship

Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was honored by hundreds of dignitaries from around the world as the inaugural Genesis Prize Laureate at a ceremony at the Jerusalem Theatre. The evening’s celebration was emceed by the iconic comedian Jay Leno.

Butterflies in Majdanek: Multimedia Poem About March of the Living

Teen Emily Dubin processed her experience on the March of the Living with BBYO Passport through a heartfelt, multimedia poem. The poem conveys the impact of the experience through raw emotion and reinforces that this an important experience to have in order to “never forget.”

“How Israel Can Win the PR War” Event in NYC

At a time when Israel is increasingly experiencing negative media coverage due to the breakdown in the peace talks, people throughout the New York region are being urged to attend a special conversation on “How Israel Can Win the PR War.” This event will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street, at Madison Avenue. It is being presented by the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) together with The Jewish Week.

Reform Summer Camp Offers Incentive Program for Jewish Military Families on Active Duty

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.

Hazon announces Eco-Passover theme for annual Passover retreat at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

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.

Op-Ed: Barely Time to Wait: Could the Grateful Dead Be Part of the Response to the Pew Study?

In a time where the Jewish community is once again shaking its head and wracking its brain in light of a Pew Study that shows that the Jewish community is increasingly disassociating itself with Judaism itself in terms of ritual and observance, a program like Blues for Challah – the Jewish Grateful DeadFest – stands to shift from novelty to strategy.

For immediate release — Ofir Ben Shitrit to perform at the JOFA conference

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 …

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JTS Presents: The Sacred Power of Jazz, Featuring The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble with Rodney Jones

NOVEMBER 14, 7:30 P.M.
JTS Presents: The Sacred Power of Jazz, Featuring The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble with Rodney Jones
An evening of inspirational music at JTS highlighting the rich connection between religion and the sacred power of jazz music.

RSVP: www.jtsa.edu/juilliard

JTS Presents “Israel’s Safety, Israel’s Soul: Hopes and Fears in Contemporary Israel”

YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI and DR. DAVID SENESH speak on “Israel’s Safety, Israel’s Soul: Hopes and Fears in Contemporary Israel” at The Jewish Theological Seminary on November 18 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets required (free for students). RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/Israel.

Hadassah Launches Women’s Leadership Board

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 to Speak at JFNA General Assembly

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.

Dear Carl, By (sic) Carrots, Love Mollie

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th Program/Receptions: 3:00 – 6:00pm 4:00pm – When Jewish Food was the Family Business A panel discussing lives lived “above the store” Led by Lance J. Sussman, Ph. D. (Sussman’s Deli)   Reservations REQUIRED for RECEPTION ONLY Panel is free and open to the community For information: (215) 887-2027, TJMuseum@kenesethisrael.org

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.

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.