Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well

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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… Read More

Taking Responsibility

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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… Read More

Analysis: The Global Jewish Shuk

PM Netanyahu at the Opening Plenary podium (Photo by AG for JFNA)

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… Read More

Stop The Bomb

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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… Read More

Peres Calls For Peace, For Courage

Israeli President Shimon Peres told 3,500 GA listeners that Israel must have courage.

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,… Read More

Netanyahu At The GA: ‘Security’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to a crowd of over 2,000 people at this year's JFNA GA. The keyword: security.

Security. This was the only message that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered to a crowd of more than 2,000 people on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the opening plenary of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. “The most important thing is to assure the security and the future of the Jewish state, the one… Read More

Exclusive Briefing: JAFI’s Misha Galperin On New Program To Ignite Stronger Diaspora-Israeli Connection

Misha Galperin discussed a new project that will focus on Jewish identity and connection to Israel.

With change there is always opportunity, said Debs Weinberg of Baltimore at a morning session run by the Jewish Agency for Israel. And Weinberg’s message was one that will become increasingly more relevant as JAFI, working with the government of Israel and nonprofits from across the world, works to better engage young (between the ages… Read More

GA 2013: Opening Plenary at 7:15 P.M.

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… Read More

Chanukah Ideas

As we approach Chanukah this year, we have an unusual occurrence: Chanuakh coincides with Thanksgiving. It is interesting to note that the Pilgrims left England for religious freedom [and that] the Maccabees fought in their own land for their religious freedom. We also know that the Pilgrims were very biblically oriented and knowledgeable; when they… Read More

Into The Community

One thousand residents of Northwest Baltimore came to Cross Country Elementary School to provide their input on how to spend a projected $750,000 in slots revenue in Fiscal Year 2015  (“Take Note: NW Baltimore makes voice heard at community planning forum,” Oct. 25). State law requires that a certain percentage of the proceeds from slots… Read More