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NEW: Ukraine Assistance Fund
The Jewish Federations of North America are mobilizing a communal response to the situation in Ukraine. JFNA is supporting relief efforts on the ground to provide urgent support for Jews in Ukraine.  Ukraine is home to one of the largest Jewish populations, including some of the poorest Jews in the world.

We appreciate your interest in helping. The fastest, most efficient way to give your support is by filling out this form: http://jfeds.org/P51lVy

To find out more about the crisis and the Jewish community response, go to our information page:  http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=267327
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Federations Raise $450K For Philippines Typhoon Relief
The Federation system has raised nearly half a million dollars to support the Jewish communal response to Typhoon Haiyan, which killed and displaced many thousands in the Philippines earlier this month. Federations are supporting aid efforts by JDC and IsraAID. See details here. http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=266261
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Do you have a  #Q4Peres @ the #JFNAGA?
Innovative Program Will Allow General Public to Ask Questions through Social Media
 
Israeli President Shimon Peres will speak next month at the General Assembly (GA) of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in Jerusalem. President Peres will be interviewed on stage by Times of Israel Editor- in-Chief, David Horovitz, and participants at the event and around the world will have the opportunity to ask questions through President Peres’s Facebook page. President Peres’s on stage conversation will be live-streamed online, allowing everyone around the world to take part in this interactive experience.

During President Peres’s interview, JFNA will select a number of crowd-sourced questions that were submitted through an app on President Peres’s Facebook page launched especially for the GA. Links to the app will be circulated through all of the JFNA social media channels including the @JewishEvents twitter profile, the JFNA Facebook page, the GA website and the official GA app (available via iTunes and Android). Questions can be submitted starting today (October 15) through October 31.

In addition to President Peres, JFNA announced that Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon will join the growing list of illustrious Israeli and American leaders scheduled to join the assembly, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ministers Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, Opposition leader, MK Shelley Yacimovich and other prominent leaders from Israel’s political, business and nonprofit worlds.

Bringing together over 2,000 influential decision-makers from communities across the United States, Canada, Israel and around the world, the GA inspires and engages current and emerging Jewish leaders, tackles the most critical issues of the day, and showcases the best of the Federation system. This year, the event will be held in Jerusalem to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday and the pioneering partnership between the Federations and the State of Israel.
The GA is also a thriving virtual community, with over 10,000 tweets using the#JFNAGA hashtag in 2012 alone, as well as vibrant activity on Facebook and other social media channels. In addition to crowd-sourcing questions for President Peres, the GA will feature an unprecedented number of bloggers, a Twitter wall projecting live GA tweets and other social media.

The 2013 GA in Jerusalem will run Nov. 10-12, and feature an unprecedented array of global Jewish figures, thought leaders and programs that dig deeply into issues driving today's headlines. In 24 sessions and plenaries featuring over 140 speakers, the GA will spark a wide-ranging debate about current issues, from the religious-secular divide and social protests in Israel to the recent Pew study on American Jewry and its implications for our global community. Capping the GA, participants will walk from Jerusalem’s City Hall to the Kotel, in a dramatic celebration of Jewish unity and celebration.
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Key Points from Pew's 2013 "A Portrait of Jewish Americans"

Our JFederations team had a fascinating briefing from our own Senior Director, Research and Analysis, Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Ph.D. He was on Pew's advisory committee for the study.

Below is the first of several graphs showing intriguing points from Pew's 2013 "A Portrait of Jewish Americans". Note the periodic plateaus in intermarriage, followed by jumps. Is another such jump due?

We'll share more graphs.
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Today on the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights speech by Dr Martin Luther King Jr., take a few minutes to view the landmark speech: Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963

And to learn about the Jewish role in the 1963 March on Washington that included 's epic "I had a dream" speech, see @JTANews coverage from the day here: http://bit.ly/16QPpHj
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Update from the Kotel, Rosh Chodesh Av
From the Desk of Jerry Silverman: An Update from the Kotel, Rosh Chodesh Av.  July 8, 2013
 
Over 200 Women of the Wall members gathered at the Western Wall this morning for their monthly prayer meeting to mark the new month (Rosh Chodesh) of Av, only to find more than 5,000 ultra-Orthodox seminary girls and young ultra-Orthodox men assembled as well. Our Jewish Federations’ Israel office was on the scene and provided this minute-by-minute report:
 
6.30 am: Crowds of seminary girls bused in for the occasion, were moved aside by police to make room for the arrival of the Women of the Wall, scheduled for 7 a.m. The police in control of the area prohibited the crowds from entering.
 
6.45 am: An Orthodox male Ashkenazi prayer leader was heard through the loudspeakers leading a communal morning prayer for all present and the Kotel plaza fell silent. Normally, the Kotel is a site of many prayer services taking place at once and this type of communal prayer through a loudspeaker is reserved only for special events (such as Remembrance Day ceremonies.) and unprecedented on Rosh Chodesh. This prayer over the loudspeakers continued until past 9 a.m. Most of the women engaged in this communal prayer and did not engage in active protest against the Women of the Wall.

Read the full JFNA account of the morning's events, with additional images here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/blog_post.aspx?id=7102
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February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month (#JDAM). JFNA is proud to recognize and increase the awareness of the needs, strengths, opportunities and challenges of people with disabilities in our Jewish communities throughout North America.

If you have information about events in your community that you would like to add to this website, please contact Allison Redisch at allison.redisch@jewishfederations.org.  For more information about Jewish Disability Awareness Month or JFNA’s Human Services and Public Policy Disability Committee, please contact David Feinman at david.feinman@jewishfederations.org.
                                                                                           
The Jewish Federations of North America put together a Resource Guide for Jewish Disability Awareness Month  on our JDAM page at
http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=260153, and, in collaboration with the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and several other organizations, we are organizing Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on February 6, 2014. Additionally, please find information on that page about events that are taking place for Jewish Disability Awareness Month in local communities across the country.
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What's with the Israeli Economy Today?

Israeli economics correspondent Matan Hodorov stopped by to explain the latest news and insights about Israel's financial strengths and weaknesses. Visit our Storify summary of his comments...
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Key Points from Pew's 2013 "A Portrait of Jewish Americans"

Our JFederations team had a fascinating briefing from our own Senior Director, Research and Analysis, Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Ph.D. He was on Pew's advisory committee for the study.

Below is the second of several graphs showing intriguing points from Pew's 2013 "A Portrait of Jewish Americans".

It addresses the question of what are essentially Jewish traits: Leading an ethical life? Caring about Israel? Going to services? Having a good sense of humor?

We'll share more.
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Get in the High Holiday spirit
Our new online issue of The Orchard zine includes High Holiday sermons, readings and poems from our Rabbinic Cabinet:

http://jfeds.org/190XInr
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The Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations.
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The Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations & over 300 independent Jewish communities.

The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).