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  • What is Repair the World?

    The Jewish service learning movement took center stage Monday in New Orleans at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. Monday marked the first time that the federation system offers a large-scale day of service as part of its annual conference. The day of service featured volunteer opportunities in St. Bernard Parish, which…

  • Monday morning tussles at the GA

    In case you missed it on Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was disrupted on five separate occasions by the Left wing group Jewish Voice for Peace, as he spoke to several thousand Jewish federation officials at the New Orleans Marriott this morning. Five different protesters stood up at various points during the Prime Minister’s talk…

  • How some federations used the recession to transform themselves

    It is the GA’s focus on younger participants and the high-profile guest list of speakers that have given this year’s conference a tremendous cache, but the federation folks here are still very much dealing with what everyone hopes is the aftermath of the recession. The system’s higher-ups say that they believe the worst is over….

  • The concerns of small-city federations

    Far from the world of huge endowments there are dozens of small Jewish federations in places you might not suspect, places like Merrimack County in Massachusetts, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and El Paso Texas. Most have communities in the low thousands, if that, and annual campaigns that run well below $1 million.  But they are part…

  • Consultant Raybin Bullish on philanthropy

    While the GA officially got started after noon ton Sunday, the Jewish Federations normally held a series of more hard core professional development workshops before the mainstream conference starts. This morning I sat in on the fist part of a session focused on raising money for endowments. The federation system has come to be identified…

  • Vice President vows support of Israel to country’s largest Jewish charity

    NEW ORLEANS (JTA) – Vice President Joe Biden pledged to Israel his unwavering support and that of the President Obama in front of several thousand attendees of the annual conference of North America’s largest Jewish charitable network. Biden, speaking at the opening plenary of the Jewish Federations of North America, which brings in between $2…

  • Welcome to New Orleans… talk to me

    Welcome to New Orleans: As I write this, Shabbat has just ended and I’m sitting in my hotel room at the Sheraton in New Orleans. Forty floors below me, the early arrivals for the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America are starting to appear, hundreds of faces that have become familiar over…

  • The FJC at the GA

    The Foundation for Jewish camp, like a number of organizations, will be down in New Orleans for the federation system’s General Assembly next week, pitching their projects and trying to find additional partners. The FJC is looking for partner communities in its One Happy Camper program, which has helped some 20,000 Jewish children attend overnight…

  • Kraar, former CJF and Weizmann institute head, dies

    Martin Kraar, the former executive vice president of the Council of Jewish Federations and later of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute died Nov. 1. He was 69. Kraar, who was from Atlanta, served as the head of the CJF for 10 years until 1998 and was instrumental in helping the organization merge with…

  • Martin Kraar, former CJF and Weizmann Institute head, dies

    Martin Kraar, who was instrumental in helping the Council of Jewish Federations merge with the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal, has died.