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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.”

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.

Twelve Bar-Ilan University Women Recognized Among 100 Most Influential Women in Israel

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

ZOA: Criticizes ‘Glaring Hypocrisy’ – Obama Critical of Mexican Release of Murderer Of An American, Yet Pressured Israel To Release 104 Terrorists Who Murdered Hundreds Of Israelis

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the glaring hypocrisy and inconsistency of President Barack Obama criticizing Mexican authorities for freeing a killer of an American while having pressured Israel, not only into freeing 104 terrorists who murdered, injured and maimed hundreds of Israeli men, women and children, but also a terrorist who murdered an American.

ZOA Critical of Sec. Kerry’s Describing Jewish Communities in Judea/Samaria & E. J’lem As “Illegitimate”

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for stating that this week that “The United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate.” (‘US State Department displeased with new 1,000 settlement units’ bid, while Netanyahu meets with German FM, claims EU’s settlement ban “hardens Palestinian positions,”‘ Yediot Ahronot, August 13, 2013).

Hiddush calls on the International Tennis Federation to respect religious freedom in the Davis Cup

In response to the recent controversy over the Belgium-Israel Davis Cup match scheduled to take place on Yom Kippur, Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel called on the International Tennis Federation to respect the Israeli Tennis Association’s right to freedom of religious expression.

New Poll: Large Majorities Of Israeli Jews Oppose Concessions To Abbas’ P.A.

A new poll has shown that large majorities of Israeli Jews oppose concessions to Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah/Palestinian Authority (PA) over symbolic recognition of the legally baseless Palestinian demand of the ‘right of return’ and comprehensive Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

Hadassah Supports Netanyahu’s, Kerry’s Leadership in Resumption of Peace Talks

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, today expressed support for the United States, Israel and the Palestinians, who are coming together this week for direct negotiations toward Middle East peace. Marcie Natan, national president of Hadassah, released the following statement.

Rabbinical Assembly Welcomes Announcement About Resumed Middle East Peace Talks

In response to the U.S. State Department’s announcement today that Secretary of State John Kerry has brought Israeli and Palestinian leadership together this week to meet in Washington to resume peace talks, the Rabbinical Assembly, the international umbrella organization for Conservative rabbis, released the following statement.