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.
Jewish federations chief Jerry Silverman says the upcoming General Assembly will include no-holds-barred debate. Except about the Israeli occupation, that is.
Mahmoud Abbas told a group of American Jews that he was pushing hard for a ‘final’ peace deal. But he warned against expected any grand gestures at the U.N.