Biden to speak at Jewish federations’ annual parley


NEW YORK (JTA) — Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization announced.

The conference, which annually gathers several thousand officials and lay leaders of the Jewish federation system, will be held Nov. 7-9 in New Orleans.

“We are proud to be hosting Vice President Biden at the GA,” GA North American chairs Steve and Judy Silverman, who are leading the event along with international chair Eitan Wertheimer, said Tuesday. 

This year’s GA, which is themed “The Big Embrace in the Big Easy,” takes place five years after the federation system raised nearly $30 million to help the Jewish and general communities of the Gulf Coast rebuild from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

The GA also will feature notable voices from the arts, business, politics and philanthropy, as well as leaders of federations and their partner organizations, including the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency. Israel’s opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, and its U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, will be among the top Israeli political figures to attend.


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