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The Jewish Federations of North America
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Happy Day 2 of Chanukah!

What good is your gelt doing today?

Chanukah tip: Pick a day of the holiday to let your kids go online and donate the cost of a present to a nonprofit that resonates with them, rather than get a present that day. We humbly suggest they consider giving to the Jewish world via Federation, but any Tzedaka is GREAT Tzedaka,
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Great tip!!!
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:

To find out more about the crisis and the Jewish community response, go to our information page:
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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.
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This is great! 
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...
The staff of @jfederations was treated to a private lecture by Israel Channel 10's Chief Economic Correspondent. He spoke to us on "Economic and Social Developments in Israel: One Country, Two Stories."

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.
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:
Happy Chanukah from Federation, everyone!
Enjoy those potato latkes, sweet potato latkes, artichoke latkes, apple latkes, spinach/feta latkes and any other goodies you have lined up for the festival of saturated fats -- I mean for the Festival of Light!
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So great to see so many of our friends from social media at the #JFNAGA  last month. We're in the process of posting videos, podcasts and photos from the big week to our GA website. For starters, here's one of our crowd favorites, spoken word artist Andrew Lustig, performing "I Am Jewish" at the GA on November 9. Watch and enjoy as he riffs on the American Jewish experience. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wince as he notes the many unifiers in our lives.
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  For more information about Jewish Disability Awareness Month or JFNA’s Human Services and Public Policy Disability Committee, please contact David Feinman at
The Jewish Federations of North America put together a Resource Guide for Jewish Disability Awareness Month  on our JDAM page at, 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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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.
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.
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:
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The Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations.
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).
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