By An American GA Attendee While many esteemed individuals were part of the GA and it included several articulate, inspiring speakers, the 2018 event at-large left more questions than answers, some of which left a sense of tremendous pessimism for JFNA as an efficient organization. An example of questions for the JFNA leadership: This past summer, around 100,000 Israelis flooded the streets of Israel to protest anti-LGBT policies. Why … [Read more...] about Questions for JFNA Leadership as the 2018 GA Ends in Israel
By Cindy Chazan [Cindy retired earlier this year after spending almost 18 years with the Wexner Foundation. This is the final lecture she gave to the Alumni of The Wexner Graduate Fellowship.] I grew up in Montreal in an immigrant family - my father was the first to be Canadian born and my extended family continued to live the European experience in Canada. With this background came both incredible stories and huge challenges. I am a … [Read more...] about Making a Difference
By Rabbi Robyn Frisch Interfaith relationships are a “hot topic” in the Jewish community, and for good reason - according to the 2013 Pew Research Center Report on American Jews, 71% of Jews outside of the Orthodox community who got married after 2000 wed spouses of another faith. InterfaithFamily (IFF) - the only organization that focuses exclusively on people in interfaith relationships - is proud that our rabbis have been “on the ground” … [Read more...] about Learning To Serve Interfaith Couples and The Fellowship To Help Rabbis Get There
By Michelle Shapiro Abraham and Rabbi Ana Bonnheim
Young Jewish professionals are a growing cohort of just-out-of-college professionals who are eager for Jewish living and learning. Their jobs in the Jewish world are often their first jobs out of school and often in synagogues, where they are charged with being the “pied-pipers” of youth engagement in their communities.
The Union for Reform Judaism has increased our support of these new … [Read more...] about From Camp Counselor to Full Time Youth Professional:
What We are Learning About Millennials in the Field
Their problematic relationship is a casualty of the culture wars sparked by the presidencies of Obama and Trump By Chemi Shalev Haaretz.com This year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has already created more of a ruckus than any GA in recent memory - before it even started. The phrase “We need to talk,” which adorns the invitation to the GA and its slogan, carries a loaded punch. In today's … [Read more...] about Analysis: The GA’s ‘We Need to Talk’ Slogan is a Desperate Plea to Save Israel-U.S. Jewish Ties