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 …
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 …
New York – The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is proud to announce that the United States Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the organization $12 million over 5 years, pending the availability of federal funds, to advance innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed supportive services for Holocaust survivors. This award will help Jewish organizations and …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. – Late Friday night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the No Social Security for Nazis Act. The House of Representatives passed the same legislation earlier in the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Today, The Jewish Federations of North America made a statement responding to the remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
New York – The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has established the Ukraine Assistance Fund as an initial response to the situation in Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The Jewish Federations welcomed the official announcement of resumed final status negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials. Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees Chair Michael Siegal expressed his appreciation for Secretary Kerry’s leadership, as well as for the two parties for their good-faith efforts to return to the negotiating table.