The Conference of American Jewish Federations set to take place in Tel Aviv will be devoted this year to “renewing dialogue between American Jewry and Israel.” It’s just a shame that this well-meaning event will not include voices from settlers, Haredim, Arabs, and those from the country’s periphery. By Zvika Klein [Editor's note: While written prior to the GA, the underlying message - "to meet with Israelis who don’t think like you" - … [Read more...] about My American Brothers, Speak with Israelis who Don’t Think Like You
Jewish Federations of NA/formerly UJC
By Gidi Grinstein This week, in Tel-Aviv, Jewish American lay and professional leaders will convene with hundreds of Israelis for the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). It stands to be a pivotal gathering for what may or may not be said in it. And I am worried. I am a fan. I believe that the community institutions of American Jewry, with the Federation system as its crown jewel, are the backbone of … [Read more...] about GA: Let’s Raise the Temperature
The Federations not only need to re-think their advocacy strategy within Israel but also their financial strategy.
By Yosef I. Abramowitz
The sacred ground beneath the historic assumptions about relations between the State of Israel and North American Jewry are quickly shifting, and the main Jewish fundraising body for Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America, which is kicking off its General Assembly October 22 in Tel Aviv, is … [Read more...] about A Needed Change:
Shaking up the Federation Economic Model
By Yosef I. Abramowitz There are times when the Jewish world came together to add yet another miracle to our collective story, and most of these examples revolve around Israel under attack and dramatic aliyah. “Given the fractiousness of the Jewish community, the relative unity achieved in the battle for the liberation of Soviet Jews - large swaths of the spectrum, from left to right, religiously and politically, in Israel and in the Diaspora … [Read more...] about The Next Big Thing?
The shifting plate tectonics of Jewish life
By Yosef I. Abramowitz
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
The Holy Land is trembling. And so, too, should world Jewry.
Defying conventional physics, tremors from a July earthquake in Israel were felt thousands of miles away in North American Jewish communities already battered by a series of shock waves coming out of earthly Jerusalem.
“Today we heard … [Read more...] about Of Federations
and Fault Lines