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  • We need to put the Yizkor back into Memorial Day

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In Israel, when the two-minute siren sounds at 11 a.m. on Yom Hazikaron, the Jewish state’s Memorial Day, the nation comes to a halt. As we saw just two weeks ago, cars on streets and highways pull over, and drivers and passengers get out of their vehicles to stand and observe…

  • Op-Ed: Why I take personally chief rabbi’s criticism of non-Orthodox school visit

    The president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America explains why he takes umbrage at the rebuke of a minister for visiting a non-Orthodox day school.

  • Op-Ed: G.A. offers collaboration at its best

    The Jewish Federations of North America’s annual confab will showcase 50 ideas, providing representatives the opportunity to gather ideas, share stories and question colleagues, two JFNA leaders write.

  • Op-Ed: Beating back the assault on Israel’s legitimacy

    The Jewish community is mobilizing a coordinated response to the BDS threat, write Jerry Silverman of the Jewish Federations of North America and Steve Gutow of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

  • Op-Ed: Taking security seriously is a community concern

    Empowered by knowledge, all Jews can all play a role in fighting terrorism and creating a more secure environment across the American Jewish community, writes the president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America.

  • Op-Ed: Jewish Federations opposed conversion bill with eye toward peoplehood

    Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of North American Jewry, the Jewish Federations of North America actively opposed the Israeli conversion bill on the grounds that it would have hurt Jewish unity worldwide, writes the CEO of the Jewish Federations.

  • Op-Ed: Let’s engage with young Jews at federation

    The Jewish Federations of North America must do more to engage younger people, no matter their giving levels, writes the new president and CEO of UJC, the federation umbrella group.