Jewish Federations Praise Award Results of the FY 2016 Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Washington, D.C. – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced final allocations for the Fiscal Year 2016 DHS preparedness grant programs, including the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). DHS has awarded $20 million to nonprofit agencies located in the nation’s highest risk areas to strengthen their ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, …

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Jewish Federations Applaud Expansion of Holocaust Survivor Services

Washington, DC — The Jewish Federations of North America applauds the United States Senate for passing S.192, the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act, by a voice vote this afternoon. In addition to advocating for the bill, Federations succeeded in adding to it a new provision that specifically benefits Holocaust survivors. The bill, which also …

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Jewish Federations Welcome Launch of U.S.-France Holocaust Compensation Program

Washington, D.C. – This past Sunday marked the launch of a joint U.S.-France compensation program for Holocaust victims deported from Nazi-occupied France. The bilateral agreement, signed in December 2014, provides up to $60 million for deportees from the U.S. and around the world who were previously unable to access the French pension program established in …

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Jewish Federations Praise Increase of Nonprofit Security Grants

Washington, D.C. – During the markup for the Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 today, the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee approved the addition of $600 million for Urban Area Security Initiative grants, including an increase to $25 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. The Jewish Federations of North America applauded the committee’s actions, noting that at a time of increased anti-Semitic activity in the U.S. and abroad, it is even more important to provide protection for Jewish communities.

Jewish Federations Congratulate Sen. Harry Reid Upon Retirement

Washington, D.C. – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced that he will not run for office in 2016, bringing a long and distinguished career to a close. The Jewish Federations of North America thanked Sen. Reid for his more than three decades of service and for his dedication to the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Jewish Federations Applaud Senator Mikulski Upon Retirement

Washington, D.C. – Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced today that she will not seek re-election in 2016, marking an end to a career that saw her serve more time in Congress than any other woman in U.S. history. The Jewish Federations of North America congratulated Sen. Mikulski on her long and distinguished career, noting with pride her work on issues of importance to the Jewish community.

Jewish Federations Applaud Administration Commitment to Holocaust Survivors and Older Americans, Concern Over Charitable Tax Deduction

Washington, D.C.­ – Jewish nonprofits expressed both appreciation and disappointment as President Obama and his Administration revealed their FY2016 budget. The Jewish Federations of North America voiced concern over the limitation of the charitable tax deduction and funding cuts for important security and emergency programs, while expressing appreciation for the budget treatment of key programs for Holocaust survivors, older Americans and people with disabilities.

Older Americans Act Advances through Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. – Just one day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the American Jewish community was heartened by the inclusion of support for Holocaust survivors in the reauthorization of the bipartisan Older Americans Act, S. 192. The Jewish Federations of North America thanked senators on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for quickly advancing the Older Americans Act as their first legislative priority in the 114th Congress. The Jewish Federations supports swift passage of this legislation in the Senate.

Jewish Federations Encourage Protection of Charitable Giving Incentives Following State of the Union

During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed tax reforms that pointedly do not change the way charitable contributions are treated by the tax code.

Jewish Federations Thank President Obama for Supporting Israel and Lasting Peace

In response to the rejection of a flawed resolution at the United Nations Security Council on Palestinian statehood, The Jewish Federations of North America praised President Obama and his administration for its commitment to the security of Israel. Michael Siegal, Chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees, issued the following statement.

Jewish Federations Hail Release of Alan Gross from Cuban Prison

New York – Human rights activists across the United States are uplifted by the news that Alan Gross, a Jewish-American contractor, was freed from a Cuban prison after five years of captivity. The Jewish Federations of North America share in the joy felt by Judy Gross and her family, and thank President Barack Obama and his administration for working to free Gross, who was convicted of espionage despite consistently stating that he was in Cuba for no reason other than humanitarian ones.

Jewish Federations Hail Passage of ABLE Act in Senate

Washington, D.C. – Following an overwhelming vote earlier this month in the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate passed the ABLE Act, clearing the legislation’s path to President Barack Obama’s desk. The Jewish Federations of North America praised the bill, which would provide much needed tax-free savings accounts to people with disabilities. The groundbreaking legislation is widely viewed as being the most important legislation specifically relating to people with disabilities since the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jewish Federations Express Thanks for IRA Charitable Rollover Extension by Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Max Samis, Rabinowitz Communications, max@rabinowitz.com Jewish Federations Express Thanks for IRA Charitable Rollover Extension by Senate Washington, D.C. – Following the House of Representative’s action earlier this month, the U.S. Senate voted to renew the IRA Charitable Rollover, a tax extender important to many charities throughout the country. The …

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New Online Learning Center to Enhance Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Congregations

December 15, 2014, New York, NY — The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Ruderman Family Foundation this week launched the URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center (http://disabilitiesinclusion.org/), an innovative and interactive online resource center. “Thanks to this partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, the URJ is able to offer this innovative, comprehensive and …

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Rabbi Saperstein Confirmed as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

Contact: Annette Powers 212-650-4154 apowers@urj.org December 12, 2014, Washington, D.C. – In response to today’s Senate vote to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism released the following statement: “David’s clear and powerful voice has been the voice of our Movement for …

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Jewish Federations Congratulate Rabbi David Saperstein on Senate Confirmation

Last night, Rabbi David Saperstein was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. The Jewish Federations of North America congratulates Rabbi Saperstein on becoming the first non-Christian leader to hold the position, created by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Nominated this past July by President Barack Obama, Rabbi Saperstein will head the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, where he will work to monitor religious freedom abuses around the world. Rabbi Saperstein is leaving the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, an organization he has led for 30 years.

Jewish Federations Hail Final Passage of Bill Elevating Israel as “Strategic Partner”

Washington, D.C. – Following the final passage of legislation declaring Israel to be a “major strategic partner” of the United States, American Jewish organizations celebrated the bill as furthering the ironclad commitment between the two countries. The Jewish Federations of North America hailed the importance of the bill, which would designate a unique strategic status for Israel and create a framework for increased cooperation in defense, energy and other sectors.

Jewish Federations Grateful for IRA Charitable Rollover Extension, Urge Long-Term Fix

Washington, D.C. – Jewish charities commended the U.S. House of Representatives today for voting to renew the IRA Charitable Rollover, an important tax extender, but noted that a more permanent solution would provide greater certainty for taxpayers and charitable organizations that depend on tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts (IRA) to bolster their fundraising activities. The Jewish Federations of North America welcomed the House action and urged the Senate to consider a long-term solution when they debate the legislation later this week.

Jewish Federations Applaud Passage of ABLE Act in House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. – Following years of work, disability rights activists cheered as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ABLE Act, which would provide much needed tax-free savings accounts to people with disabilities. The Jewish Federations of North America, which has long been a leader in the fight to improve inclusion for people with disabilities, praised the passage as an important step towards allowing those in the disability community to plan and save for their futures.

Jewish Federations Praise House for Passing No Social Security for Nazis Act

Closing a loophole in current law, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that would terminate Social Security benefits for Nazi war criminals. The Jewish Federations of North America hailed the passage of the “No Social Security for Nazis Act,” for which the organization played a key advocacy role.

Jewish Federations Applaud Senate Bill Elevating Israel as “Major Strategic Partner”

After months of delays, the U.S. Senate approved legislation aimed at strengthening the already unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States, including declaring the Jewish state a “major strategic partner.” The Jewish Federations of North America praised the Senate for their unanimous approval of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (S.2673), stating that the bill takes tremendous steps to cement one of the U.S.’s strongest relationships.

Jewish Federations Hail Passage of Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Max Samis, Rabinowitz Communications, max@rabinowitz.com, (o) 202-265-3000, (c) 202-681-2528 Jewish Federations Hail Passage of Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism House resolution features support from virtually entire American Jewish community Washington, D.C. – In the face of rising anti-Semitism around the world, the House of Representatives took a clear stand …

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Jewish Federations Saddened by Rejection of Treaty Supporting Global Disability Rights

Jewish Federations and disability rights activists across the globe were saddened today as the U.S. Senate once again failed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations treaty that would promote the rights of people with disabilities worldwide. The Jewish Federations of North America, which has long been a leader in working towards the ratification of the CRPD, expressed deep disappointment with a minority group of Senators for blocking the treaty’s ratification, which would have been a tremendous victory for people with disabilities across the globe.

Jewish Federations Praise Congress for Passage of Funding for Iron Dome

Washington, D.C. – The American Jewish community applauded Congress as requested emergency funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense program was approved nearly unanimously. The Jewish Federations of North America praised legislators for coming together to pass legislation supporting the Jewish state shortly after Hamas terrorists killed three Israeli soldiers, violating a ceasefire negotiated by the United States, United Nations and others.

Jewish Federations Applaud Congress for Supporting Israel

Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Federations of North America applaud the United States Congress for passing resolutions that support Israel’s right to exist. With majority support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, it is clear that the America stands with Israel at this difficult time.

Jewish Federations Mission Touring Israel’s South in Expression of Solidarity

More than two dozen American Jewish communal leaders are currently touring communities in Southern Israel in an emergency solidarity mission of the Jewish Federations across North America (JFNA). The mission is an effort to visit locales directly affected by rocket attack and to demonstrate that the North American Jewish community stands alongside the people of Israel at this time.

$200,000 Matching Grant Announced at JFNA Summit on Health and Long-Term Care

Washington, D.C. – The 2014 Health and Long-Term Care Summit brought health care leaders from across the country together this week for two days of strategic thinking, planning and advocacy. Convened by The Jewish Federations of North America, the HLTC Summit brought together lay and professional leaders from a wide range of fields to discuss pressing health topics; among them Medicare & Medicaid reform and behavioral health information technology.

Israel Action Network Applauds Modern Language Membership for Rejecting Baseless and Discriminatory Anti-Israel Resolution

New York – Following a long and often contentious process, the membership of the Modern Language Association (MLA) announced today that the membership failed to ratify a resolution criticizing Israel for “denials of entry to the West Bank by U.S. academics” traveling to Palestinian universities. The Israel Action Network (IAN) applauded the membership for “choosing to honor academic freedom and integrity by refusing to ratify this baseless and discriminatory resolution.”

Jewish Federations Applaud Senate for Resolution Honoring Holocaust Survivors

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Senate passed with unanimous consent a resolution honoring the contributions of Holocaust survivors to the United States. The Jewish Federations of North America lauded the Senate for passing the resolution, noting with pride the work being done in coordination with the federal government to assist and provide for survivors living in need.

ADL Poll of Over 100 Countries Finds More Than One-Quarter of Those Surveyed Infected With Anti-Semitic Attitudes

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today released the results of an unprecedented worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries and territories in an effort to establish, for the first time, a comprehensive data-based research survey of the level and intensity of anti-Jewish sentiment across the world.

Jewish Federations Applaud President Obama’s Commitment to Holocaust Survivors

Upon accepting the Ambassador for Humanity award from the USC Shoah Foundation, President Barack Obama stressed Wednesday the importance of providing care and assistance for Holocaust survivors living in need. The Jewish Federations of North America, which has led the effort to implement such programs, applauded the President’s speech and reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to raising funds in support of survivors.

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.

Jewish Federations Strongly Criticize New Tax Reform Proposal

Washington, D.C. – Today, a new tax reform plan was unveiled in the House of Representatives that could significantly decrease contributions to America’s charities. The Jewish Federations of North America questioned the need for several provisions that would negatively impact giving in the bill proposed by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), saying that the proposal would impact the ability of the charitable sector to help those most in need.

ADL: Sovereign Citizens Create Vigilante “Grand Juries” in Latest Attempt to Flout the Law http://ow.ly/tQ0Ev

Adherents of the sovereign citizen movement are forming their own vigilante “grand juries” in counties across the United States in an attempt to exact pressure on local government officials to accede to their anti-government demands and whims.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors domestic anti-government groups and reports on their activities, has noted with concern the attempted formation of numerous so-called “common law grand juries” or people’s grand juries” in various counties across the country.

Disability Advocates from Across Country Convene on Capitol Hill

Economic independence and protecting the rights of people with disabilities at home and abroad were the top items on the agenda today as disability advocates from across the country converged on Capitol Hill for the fourth annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day. The Jewish Disability Network’s members and advocates met with congressional representatives to convey the necessity of passing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and approving the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

A Modern App for an Ancient Tradition

A new tool from the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance is turning a millenia old practice into something accessible to everyone. JOFA’s Megillat Esther App (available for iOS and Android) is a one stop shop for learning the trope, practicing entire portions and reading Hebrew and English translations of the text. Gone are the days of sitting …

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ADL Praises Italian Government’s Strong Condemnation of Anti-Semitic Incidents

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the Italian authorities for their strong condemnation of two anti-Semitic incidents in which pig heads were sent to a Rome synagogue, the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Israeli embassy on January 25, two days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

ADL Equips Pine Bush, N.Y. Community with Tactics to Confront Anti-Semitism

In response to reports of anti-Semitism in the Pine Bush, N.Y. school district and elsewhere in the town, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has brought its Confronting Anti-Semitism program to Orange County in an effort to empower and equip the local Jewish community with constructive and effective responses to anti-Semitic incidents and stereotypes.

Jewish Federations Applaud White House Appointment of Envoy to Holocaust Survivors, Announce Federation Effort to Address Budget Shortfalls

The Jewish Federations applauded the White House appointment of Aviva Sufian as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services, while also unveiling a new national Federation effort to boost community programs for Holocaust survivors, led by veteran Federation philanthropist Mark Wilf of New Jersey.

ADL Says The Economist Owes Full-Throated Apology for Printing Hateful Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Saying the Economist“cannot repair the damage of publishing an anti-Semitic image with only half-measures,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the editors to issue a full-throated apology for an editorial cartoon depicting President Obama as hindered in his efforts to reach an agreement with Iran by the machinations of a United States Congress under the control of a nefarious Jewish lobby.

ADL Publishes Digital Version of Foxman Introduction to Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”

In response to a surge in digital downloads of e-book editions of Adolf Hitler’s biographical manifesto, Mein Kampf, and in anticipation of the expiration of the book’s Bavarian copyright in 2015, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has made available on its website a digital version of an introduction to the English translation written by Holocaust survivor and ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman.

Jewish Federations Applaud Senate Hearing on Support for Holocaust Survivors

The Senate Special Committee on Aging today heard Holocaust survivors, their family members and Jewish community professionals call for social services to help low-income survivors live in comfort and dignity in their homes and communities. The Jewish Federations of North America praised the committee’s Chairman, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Ranking Member, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), for convening the panel on this pressing issue.

ADL: MLA Has Given its “De Facto Imprimatur of Legitimacy” to Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage and disappointment over the one-sided roundtable discussion convened at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), which supported an academic boycott against Israel.

Israel Action Network Calls American Studies Association Decision to Adopt an Israel Boycott Resolution a Violation of Academic Freedom

Following an unusual and troubling process over the past few weeks, the American Studies Association (ASA) today announced its endorsement of a resolution by its National Council to institute an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the organization. The decision represents a narrow fraction of overall members, approximately less than 20 percent of ASA membership took part in the vote. Further, it follows a condemnation of the boycott by eight former presidents. Geri Palast, Managing Director of The Israel Action Network (IAN), a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, issued the following statement.

Christmas Carolers Sing ‘Burn Kikes’ on Romanian Television; ADL Calls for Gov’t Action

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today reacted to a broadcast on Romanian public television featuring Christmas carolers singing a folk tune about the “damn kikes” who should be burned, saying the segment was a “perverse” display and “reminiscent of the anti-Semitism that pervaded Romania prior to and during the war, which led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Holocaust.”

Jewish Federations Welcome Vice President Biden’s Announcement to Support Aging Holocaust Survivors

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) welcomed Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) Centennial luncheon to launch an initiative together with the Jewish community to address the needs of Holocaust survivors living in poverty in the United States. This announcement follows years of conversations between the White House, Members of Congress, and Jewish Federations and Jewish Family and Children’s Service agencies to address the social service needs of Holocaust survivors through fundraising and legislative efforts such as the RUSH Act.

ADL Mourns the Loss of ‘A True Hero of Conscience’ — South Africa’s Nelson Mandela

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today mourned the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, the courageous leader who dedicated his life to ending apartheid and building a free, multiracial and democratic South Africa and, by example, a more equal world.

Israel Action Network Urges Opposition to Recommendation by American Studies Association Leaders to Members to Adopt a Resolution Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions and Scholars

Today, in a move condemned by numerous prominent academic scholars throughout the country, including eight former presidents and multiple ASA prize winners, the National Council of the of the American Studies Association (ASA), its governing body, recommended that its membership adopt an “ill-advised” resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions and scholars in a vote to be completed by December 15, 2013. The Israel Action Network (IAN), a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, issued the following statement.

ADL Says Iranian Leader’s Harsh Rhetoric Against Israel Casts ‘Ugly Pall’ Over Geneva Talks

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said the latest harsh rhetoric coming from Iran’s supreme leader, in which he referred to Israel as an unclean rabid dog and a threat to the world, “casts an ugly pall” over the nuclear negotiations currently taking place in Geneva.

Light My Fire: The Jewish Museum’s Hanukkah App 2.0 Available for Free

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 …

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ADL Calls Anti-Israel Billboards in Boston Train Stations ‘Intentionally Designed to Mislead the Public’

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today described an anti-Israel billboard campaign appearing throughout the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) System as, “intentionally designed to mislead the public.” The billboards show a series of four maps and falsely claim that Israel has systematically confiscated land from the Palestinians. The ads which began appearing this week are sponsored by Henry Clifford, who co-chairs the virulently anti-Israel group Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine.

ADL Lists Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups In America In 2013

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued a list of the Top 10 most influential and active anti-Israel groups in the United States. Each of the selected groups, according to ADL’s research, is “fixated with delegitimizing Israel” and has demonstrated the ability to reach new segments of the American public with a hostile and misleading narrative about Israel.

Jewish Federations, Ruderman Family Foundation, launch initiative to place adults with disabilities as interns and fellows at Federations

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Ruderman Family Foundation are launching a groundbreaking initiative to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.

NCJW Welcomes Opening of Health Insurance Marketplace to Help More Women, Families Access Affordable Coverage

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) celebrates the start of the health insurance marketplace today, created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NCJW worked in coalition to support passage of this landmark law and has continued to press for the law to be implemented in a way that works for women and families.

NCJW Appalled at Congressional Inaction, Government Shutdown

In the wake of the latest breakdown in efforts to avoid a government shutdown, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) expressed its dismay at Congress’ inability to pass a Continuing Resolution that prevents further sequestration, rejects efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, and adequately funds services for those most vulnerable. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

ADL: U.S.-Russia Agreement on Syria “An Ambitious But Hopeful First Step”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the framework agreement between the United States and Russia to eliminate Syria’s cache of chemical weapons by 2014, calling it “an ambitious but hopeful first step” in ensuring that the regime will never again use chemical weapons against its civilian population or enable them to be used by others. The League said that “only the credible threat of force can bring about a diplomatic solution.”