by Ariel Beery and Aharon Horwitz Once a year the Jewish world experiences an exceptional gathering of movers and shakers - and this year it is coming to Jerusalem. The General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities and Federations of North America, to be held November 16-19, will attract participants from across the spectrum of Jewish communal leadership, and, most significantly, those who invest in and foster the many activities and … [Read more...] about Turning Dusk Into Dawn
Media relations at the upcoming GA are off to a roaring start. A briefing to discuss the what and why of the upcoming GA was scheduled for 4 pm today. UJC Senior Vice President and Director General of UJC Israel, Nachman Shai was to be the speaker. At 4:05 pm, he called to say he was to busy to show up - and made no offer to the waiting participants to reschedule. I sure hope this is not an indication of media relations over the next week. … [Read more...] about Nachman Shai – Where Are You?
Just in time for the GA, the UJC has unveiled the results of a groundbreaking study on Jewish service program participants. Highlighting this growing field, the study also found that service programs foster a commitment to social justice; the sense that volunteering is an important Jewish value; contributes to a sense of community and allows new communal relationships that allow young Jews to create new forms of Jewish expression while … [Read more...] about Young, Jewish and Working For Change
from the front page of today's Jerusalem Post: The United Jewish Communities' (UJC) annual General Assembly, to be held here next week, could end up being the smallest gathering since the organization - considered the backbone of North American Jewry - started holding its central conference in the Jewish state 10 years ago, The Jerusalem Post has learned. According to sources close to the GA who preferred to remain anonymous, conference … [Read more...] about Economic Crisis Puts Squeeze on GA
They say timing is everything. But one wonders, is it the upcoming UJC General Assembly, next week's Jerusalem Mayoralty elections or Nachman Shai's announcement he plans to enter politics, that was the catalyst for his scathing comments in today's Jerusalem Post for the municipalities lack of cooperation in planning the event: "the Jerusalem Municipality hardly helped us, not like Tel Aviv, which told us we could have whatever assistance we … [Read more...] about The GA is Coming to Town