By Richard Wexler I am with those who share the belief that if we didn't have a JFNA we would have to recreate one; but I also believe that recent events have highlighted the reality that today we don't have the strong continental organization that can lead us, collaborate with us and offer us excellence. Events of the last two months offer all of us the worst of examples of how this iteration of JFNA has failed us, the federations and the the … [Read more...] about It is “The Worst of Times”
Jewish Federations of NA/formerly UJC
Does JFNA think that someone who calls other Jews "worse than kapos" is a "good representative" for our community? Dear Jerry, I'm going to keep this short and sweet. As you're no doubt aware, the head of your board, Richard (who I wrote to a couple months ago), was reported to have recently said that a man who has called other Jews, "worse than kapos" would be a "good representative" to serve as US ambassador to Israel. These … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to Jerry Silverman
Dear Richard, Firstly, I want to say thank you. As a volunteer and contributor to my local federation I am both aware and so thoroughly appreciative of the time and financial contribution that you have committed to the well being of the Jewish people. I also want to apologize, because I was one of the folks responsible for faxing thousands of petitions to the offices of JFNA and your firm just before Thanksgiving asking you not stand idly by … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to Richard Sandler on “Not Losing Our Focus”
JFNA and its predecessor organizations have had a longstanding policy of not officially traveling beyond Israel’s 1967 borders. In reality, however, representatives have already done so. By Debra Nussbaum Cohen Haaretz.com Top leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America held a secretive meeting Wednesday to approve changing its policy of not traveling into the West Bank to visit Jewish settlements or Palestinian … [Read more...] about In Historic Shift, Jewish Federations Representatives to Now Visit Israeli Settlements
Anger sparked by Israel’s decision to fund mainly Orthodox organizations in new project to 'strengthening Jewish identity and the connection with Israel' among university students around world. By Or Kashti Haaretz.com Leaders of the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements in North America are up in arms at Israel’s decision to task mainly Orthodox organizations with “strengthening Jewish identity and the connection with Israel” among … [Read more...] about Jewish Identity Plan Raises Ire of non-Orthodox Jews in U.S.