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  • Could the GA be moving from Orlando to New Orleans?

    We are hearing whispers that the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America might be in the midst of a surprise venue switch. The 2010 GA has been set to take place in Orlando next November, but now the buzz is that officials at Jewish Federations have decided to move the event… More ▸

  • JDC: No deal on allocations split

    Judging from the positive feelings at the GA, local federations are happy with Jerry Silverman, the new CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America. But it looks like the peace and euphoria lasted all of 48 hours, as the long-running tensions between the federation system’s two overseas organizations have resurfaced. For the past 18… More ▸

  • Manning sets her mark

    Kathy Manning just made her first address as the new chairwoman of the Jewish Federations of North America, telling around 3,000 people gathered for the closing plenary of the federation system’s annual General Assembly conference. In noting that the federation system is the Jewish world’s largest franchise, she said that she knew that she would… More ▸

  • The Jewish Agency implements structural changes

    This is one of the reasons the GA is great for philanthropy reporters. This is a pretty important story for which we never saw a press release. Moshe Vigdor, the director general of the Jewish Agency for Israel, said that the organization implemented a series of serious structural changes Nov. 1. Vigdor, speaking at a… More ▸

  • Recalling Soviet days, Sharansky hits home for Jewish Agency

    Yesterday, the CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Steve Schwager gave his pitch for more money from the federation. Today it was the turn of the new chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky. This was the fourth time that I have seen Sharansky speak in the past week, and he clearly saved… More ▸

  • A GA pitch for Birthright

    Susie Gelman, the former chairwoman of the Birthright Israel Foundation, and a major federation lay leader of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and one of the official hostso fo this GA, just made a pitch for Birthright in front of a couple of thousand folks at the GA’s second plenary. Birthright advocates have certainly… More ▸