ZOA calls for boycotting her movie.
The Zionist Organization of America has opened a Northern New Jersey office, located in Hackensack, and named Laura Fein, Esq. as its new Executive Director.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
The Zionist Organization of America calls the ASA vote “a vicious, discriminatory movement seeking the extinction of Jewish national rights and the Jewish state of Israel.”
URJ commits $1 million to drive participation in youth engagement strategies, announces $1 million more from outside donors
The interim nuclear agreement between the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States as well as Germany) and Iran is a disaster, writes ZOA National President Morton A. Klein.
Youth engagement, partnerships, inclusion, Israel-Diaspora relations and religious pluralism were key themes
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 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.
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.”
Rabbi David Hartman, z”l, Honored Posthumously with Reform Movement’s Highest Honor
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.
URJ Biennial and WRJ Assembly to Inspire Nearly 5,000 Participants
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the decision by Italian authorities to expel former Klansman and avowed white supremacist David Duke from the country based on what the court described as his “socially dangerous racist and anti-Semitic views.”
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.
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.
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.
ZOA questions why AIPAC urges no criticism of Obama administration Iran deal & claims deal merely a “difference of strategy.”
On the fourth anniversary of Alan Gross’ incarceration, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today renewed its call on the Cuban government to release him on humanitarian grounds.
PM Netanyahu Spoke By Video, Jim Tisch, Ken Bialkin Co-Chairs
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today presented its annual analysis of hate crime response in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region and called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure that the fight against hate crime remains squarely on the OSCE agenda.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) led a coalition of organizations filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in McCullen v. Coakley, a case involving the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law creating a buffer zone around reproductive health clinics.
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.”
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.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today denounced a letter issued by Al-Quds University President Sari Nusseibeh to university students, which was sent in response to a fascist-style demonstration on the institution’s campus on November 5th.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein says, “J Street is supporting an approach that is harmful to the vital security interests of both the United States and Israel.
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.
Al-Quds Pres. Sari Nusseibeh: “No Jew Will Be Allowed In Palestine.”
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tells Congress: No new sanctions, unfreeze Iranian assets; tells Jewish groups: Don’t increase pressure on Iran.
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.”
For the tenth year, $100,000 prize will honor young humanitarian inspired by Jewish values to make global impact
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.
Lay Leaders, Clergy and Teens from Reform Movement in North America to Discuss Israeli Pluralism with Members of Knesset
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.
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.
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.
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.
URJ’s Relief Fund Collected Nearly $850,000 in Donations, Mobilized Hundreds of Volunteers
The American Technion Society has announced three executive promotions.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to become the First Sitting Israeli Prime Minister to Address the URJ Biennial, the Largest Jewish Gathering in North America.
A recent poll has shown that clear majorities of Israelis support Israel undertaking military strikes against Iran, should this prove necessary to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
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.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has announced Tamar Copeland will join its senior management team as Chief Philanthropic Officer
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 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it was unacceptable for the Qatari sponsors of the FINA Swimming World Cup to remove an Israeli flag from public display.
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.
As a program of its current exhibition, “Dear Carl, By (sic) Carrots, Love Mollie: When Jewish Food was the Family Business” noted lecturer, Lila Corwin Berman will speak about new trends in the Jewish food diet of contemporary Jews.
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.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on professional sports teams to seriously consider moving away from “the use of hurtful and offensive names, mascots and logos,” but said that the ultimate decision to do so lies with the team’s ownership with input from the fan base.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock and outrage at the announcement that a fringe Catholic organization decided to hold the funeral of notorious Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke at its church near Rome.
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.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has drawn attention to new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s boasting in an Iranian television interview of having played an instrumental role in Iranian deception on its nuclear weapons program over the years.
Looking for a way to get back and give back to Israel—for free? Join one of Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips this coming March for an unforgettable week of volunteering and fun.
Registration is now open for URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, a new summer camp offering high-level programming in science and technology.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has condemned Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) for praising the attempted murder of a 9-year old Jewish girl by a member of Fatah, the party founded by Yasser Arafat which controls the PA and of which Mahmoud Abbas is leader.
Handing over the West Bank to PA state, including the strategically vital Jordan Valley, would entail drastic deterioration in Israeli security.
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.
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’ 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.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and Knesset Members Stav Shafir and Ifat Kariv will headline the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly next month in Jerusalem.
CORE18 Leaders Lab is a new fellowship opportunity for Jewish social entrepreneurs.
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.
Zionism claimed a victory this week when Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced a new and expanded partnership with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI)
Multi-media visual artist Hanan Harchol mines personal family dynamics to illuminate the relevance of Jewish wisdom in contemporary life.
A veteran nonprofit executive management professional with more than 20 years’ experience in Jewish community service has been tapped as the Anti-Defamation League’s Director of Development.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The National Jewish Democratic Council is pleased to announce the selection of Rabbi Jack Moline as its Executive Director. Rabbi Moline, who currently serves as the spiritual leader of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, will assume direction of NJDC in January 2014.
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