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.
It is a cause that elicited cheers from a roomful of participants at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. It is the institution of civil marriage in Israel.
The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly ended with speeches at Jerusalem City Hall and a prayer service at Robinson’s Arch, the egalitarian site at the Western Wall.
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.
This time, it’s not going to be just talking. There’s going to be listening and debating – and, eventually, action. That’s what Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, says will distinguish this year’s General Assembly, which is slated for Nov. 10-12 in Jerusalem, from past G.A. conferences.
Jewish federations chief Jerry Silverman says the upcoming General Assembly will include no-holds-barred debate. Except about the Israeli occupation, that is.
The closing of the Foundation for Jewish Culture may provoke more yawns than screams of protest. That’s a shame, because it has played such a valuable role, Jerome Chanes writes.
Jewish federation leaders are bracing for substantial cuts in social service spending. Even with the ‘fiscal cliff’ looming, they are not taking sides in the battle over taxes.