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  • 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… More ▸

  • 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…. More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • Bloggers’ Alley

    Because you asked… In this past week’s newsletter, I mentioned that the JFNA would have what they are calling “Bloggers Alley” at next week’s General Assembly (Nov. 7-9, New Orleans.). A number of folks have emailed asking exactly what that is, and sadly I could not answer. Ask and you shall receive. It seems that… More ▸

  • VP Biden to speak at Jewish federations’ annual parlay

    Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization announced Tuesday. The conference, which annually gathers several thousand officials and lay leaders of the Jewish federation system will be held in New Orleans between Nov. 7-9. “We are proud to be hosting Vice President… More ▸

  • Federations shift site of GA and talk about plans for recruitment

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Last year, the run-up to the annual conference of Jewish federations saw the federation’s umbrella body announce a name change and install a new CEO. This year, months before the conference, the organization is making a late change to the conference’s venue — to New Orleans from Orlando, Fla. — and… More ▸