On the heels of this year’s rancorous and polarizing debate over the Iran nuclear deal, organizers of this week’s General Assembly of Jewish federations wanted their annual conference to be an opportunity for reconciliation and healing in the Jewish community.
In the wake of last summer’s bitter Iran debate, the chief executive of Jewish Federations of North America urged its leaders to ensure their organizations are welcoming to people of various political and religious stripes.
Were Abbas and Netanyahu slinging mud or constructing cunning political strategies through their respective United Nations speeches this week? J.J. Goldberg breaks it down.
Part pep rally, part training and part family reunion, this week’s annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America drew some 3,000 people to a conference center outside Washington to cheer federations’ philanthropic work, listen to presentations ranging from European anti-Semitism to crowdfunding, and to schmooze.
The governments of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were back on joshing terms this week, but the deep differences that led to recent name-calling exchanges still percolated.
Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer and Elana Kagan talked about their Jewish identities at the opening plenary of the 2014 General Assembly conference of the Jewish Federations of North America.
Jewish leaders didn’t come to Israel to rally over Iran. They took aim instead at the Orthodox stranglehold on religion there — and the waning practice of faith shown in the Pew study.
When it’s held in Israel once every five years, the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly aims to focus on challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish state. In large part, this year was no exception.
Diaspora Jews in the advocacy world have returned to Jerusalem like the swallows to Capistrano. They come to debate big issues — but J.J. Goldberg suggests it all feels a bit staged.