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 Awarded Funds for Groundbreaking Holocaust Survivor Care

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 …

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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 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.

Jewish Federations Applaud Administration Commitment to Holocaust Survivors and Older Americans, Concern Over Charitable Tax Deduction

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.

Older Americans Act Advances through Senate Committee

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.

Jewish Federations Encourage Protection of Charitable Giving Incentives Following State of the Union

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.

Jewish Federations Hail Passage of ABLE Act in Senate

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.

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 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.

$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.

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 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.

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.