The JM26 – Events, People, & Ideas That Have Made a Mark in 2013 – From The Jewish Museum

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 …

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ZOA: Abbas’ Fatah Threatens To “Crush Zionist Enemy” & To Kidnap Israelis In Order To Extort Release Of Jailed Palestinian Terrorists

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a U.S.- and European-designated terrorist group and armed wing of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, the dominant party controlling the Palestinian Authority (PA), has threatened to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to extort the release by Israel of convicted and jailed Palestinian terrorists in Israel.

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.

New Milestone for Technion and Cornell

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 …

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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.

Hazon to help renew and strengthen the Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education (JOFEE) movement in San Diego, CA

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.

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.

ADL Honors Elie & Marion Wiesel with Jabotinsky Award for Courageous Jewish Leadership

Elie and Marion Wiesel, the husband-and-wife team whose courageous crusade against forces of hatred and intolerance has spanned many decades, crises and continents, and who continue to exercise tremendous moral leadership on the international stage, have been honored by the Anti-Defamation League with its distinguished ADL Jabotinsky Award for Courageous Jewish Leadership.

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: 2012 Hate Crime Statistics Report “Seriously Flawed”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed profound disappointment at the failure of more than 25 percent of the nation’s law enforcement agencies to provide the FBI with their hate crime numbers, calling the lack of participation by many jurisdictions “a significant setback in the progress our nation has made in hate crime data collection over the past decade.”

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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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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Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Remarks at Knesset on Nov. 12, 2013

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.

Hadassah Pledges Relief and Aid to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Times Square to Light Up for Orthodox Feminism

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 …

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JTS Rabbinic Training Institute Receives Grant to Support Women Rabbis

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce a generous grant from Marc and Michelle Gary to its Rabbinic Training Institute, a popular annual professional development program for rabbis in the field. The grant will provide scholarships for a limited number of women rabbis to enroll in the esteemed weeklong program for half the usual tuition. Marc Gary is executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS and Michelle Kravtin Gary is an attorney. Mr. Gary came to JTS from his most recent post as executive vice president and general counsel of Boston’s Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest providers of financial services. Previously, he rose to the position of executive vice president and general counsel at BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta, and for almost 20 years, was a partner and national litigation practice co-chair in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown & Platt, an international law firm. Ms. Kravtin Gary is also a community volunteer active on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, and a former teacher in the Gateways program for Jewish youth with special needs. The couple and their family are longtime supporters of the Conservative Movement.

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.


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

For Immediate Release: JOFA Conference Set to Tackle Social Changes in Orthodoxy

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 …

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JOFA is Proud of Rabbi Asher Lopatin and Ashamed of the Rabbis Denouncing Him

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.

JOFA Statement About the Arrest of Rabbis Using Violence to Force Men to Grant Their Wives a Gett

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 …

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Thousands to Gather in Jerusalem for “Signature Event of North American Jewry”

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.”

Francesca Segal to Receive Harold U. Ribalow Prize

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.

Jewish Federations Applaud Advancement of Older Americans Act in Senate

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.

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.

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 Condemns Attack on Jews in Sydney, Calls for Enactment of Hate Crime Laws in Australia

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called for a thorough investigation into the violent, anti-Semitic gang-style attack on a group of six Jews in Sydney, Australia on Friday night, calling the assault “unconscionable and shocking” and “hauntingly reminiscent of what happened to Jews on the streets of Europe in the 1930s.” The League called on the Australian government to consider the passage of stronger hate crime laws that could serve as a deterrent to similar bigoted acts in the future.

Head of NCJW Program Nominated to Israel’s Task Force to Examine Gender Issues

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jewish Federations Announce $14.3 Billion in Endowment Assets

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.

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.

ADL Praises Netanyahu’s ‘Rational and Emotional’ Appeal to Maintain Iran Sanctions

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his important speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he issued a powerful appeal to the international community to maintain a strong sanctions regime against Iran while it is testing a diplomatic approach.

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.

A Century Later, New Discoveries About the Trial of Mendel Beilis

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 in an article titled The Tsar’s Scapegoats: Beilis, the Chassidim and the Jews.

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:

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