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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Jewish Federations Praise Announcement of Resumed Final Status Negotiations

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.