The 2013 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America starts this evening. The anticipation for an opening plenary with a talk by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a performance by Ohad Naharin and his dancers is hard to contain.
Last year, the GA was in Baltimore and thousands of people came to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to experience the magic of Charm City and the charisma of Jewish Baltimore. It was amazing to host such an event, where the agenda of the Jewish federations was discussed and moved forward.
But this year, the GA is in Jerusalem. Being in the Holy City changes the dialogue from a focus on North America to a focus on the connection between the Diaspora and Israel. And also a focus on Israel and its challenges and successes.
In a curtain raiser (see ‘We Want To Hear From You’), the JT spoke with GA Chairs Susie and Michael Gelman (who are also investors in the Baltimore Jewish Times) and with JFNA Chair Michael Siegal.
Now, the focus will be on what is heard in the hallways and the power of the plenaries and sessions.
Make sure you are following us at jewishtimes.com/ga2013 for daily updates and to keep your finger on the pulse of the federation and how the dialogue at the GA might impact life in Jewish Baltimore moving forward.
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