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Supreme Court to rule on prayer at government meetings in Gaithersburg
BY Suzanne Pollak
November 14, 2013

The Montgomery County Council begins each of its Tuesday meetings with a prayer. Clergy from a wide array of faith traditions are invited to lead the prayer, noted council member-at-large George Leventhal. “I have not felt uncomfortable during our opening prayer,” Leventhal said. “I am quite comfortable with my own religious identity, and I don’t CONTINUE »

PM Netanyahu at the Opening Plenary podium (Photo by AG for JFNA)
JFNA GA focuses on Diaspora-Israel relations and Jewish unity
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 12, 2013

It was a shuk — a marketplace — of ideas. Attendees heard new and familiar voices. There was an abundance of give and take. At the 2013 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which ran from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 in Jerusalem, participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the CONTINUE »

BY Uriel Heilman, JTA News Desk
November 11, 2013

Saul Kagan, the founder and chief of the Claims Conference for nearly five decades, died Saturday November 9, 2013 at age 91. Kagan helped found the organization in 1951 to be the main vehicle for negotiating with Germany over restitution for Holocaust survivors.  In a statement announcing his death, the Claims Conference credited Kagan with CONTINUE »

November 10, 2013

The Jewish Federations of North America are mobilizing a communal response to the super Typhoon Haiyan, which has wrought widespread destruction in the Philippines. JFNA on Nov, 10 opened a mailbox for Federations to support relief efforts by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which is raising funds for relief efforts. JDC is consulting CONTINUE »

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GA 2013, coined “Global Jewish Shuk,” will focus on issues relevant to Diaspora-Israeli relations
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 7, 2013

Ten years ago, when Michael and Susie Gelman chaired the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North American in Israel, the focus was on security and solidarity. Susie Gelman remembers that it was during the second Intifada, a time of terror attacks, and many American Jews were staying away from Israel. The GA brought CONTINUE »