Opinion

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BY Maayan Jaffe
November 14, 2013

Anti-Semitism is real. I am tired of pretending that it isn’t. Maybe because I wrote last week about Kristallnacht and recounted the chilling history of Nazi Germany. Maybe because this week I investigated Greek anti-Semitism and the way anti-Jewish sentiment is strikingly ingrained in the Greek community. Maybe that is why this topic seems powerful CONTINUE »

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Parshat Vayishlach
BY Rabbi Craig Axler
November 14, 2013

The iconic comic strip “Family Circus” has told the story of the Keane family (two exasperated parents with four exasperating children) for the last 53 years. My favorite character has always been the invisible, gremlin-like character named “Not Me.” Whenever anything is broken or messy, the child confronted with the question,”Who did this?” is likely 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 »

Iran. Iran. Iran.
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 12, 2013

This was a second underlying theme of the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. From Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech on the opening night until MK Shelly Yacimovich’s talk at the final plenary, the theme of no deal is better than a bad deal when it comes to Iran could clearly be CONTINUE »

Israeli President Shimon Peres told 3,500 GA listeners that Israel must have courage.
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 11, 2013

President Shimon Peres addressed the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly on Monday with a message of courage and call for a celebration of human life. Peres, speaking to the close to 3,500 attendees at the federation’s annual conference, coined “The Global Jewish Shuk,” told listeners that he remembers the days of Israel’s founding, CONTINUE »