New York City’s Jewish federation is pulling out of a fundraising pool run by the North American umbrella group of federations in the latest sign of a rolling crisis among the national bodies that serve local Jewish nonprofits.
Up to 90% of Jewish non-profits may need to find new top leaders in the next seven years. What will that kind of sweeping generational change mean for the federations and other communal heavy-hitters?
Federation leaders are loudly proclaiming that the feud over the Iran deal is done and dusted. That may be true but J.J. Goldberg writes that the Jewish umbrella charities face a much more dire threat.
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.
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.