Notebook: GA 2013

BY Maayan Jaffe with JTA Wire Service
November 12, 2013

Complex. This was the word that Steven Rakitt, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, used to describe the situation in Beit Shemesh. On a site visit to explore the programs of the Ethiopian National Project, which unites global Jewry, the Government of Israel and the Ethiopian-Israeli community in its mission to advance the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis into Israeli society through social and educational opportunities to Ethiopian-Israeli youth, Rakitt reminded...CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe, editor, Baltimore Jewish Times
November 11, 2013

President Shimon Peres addressed the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly on Monday with a message of courage and call for a celebration of human life. Israeli President Shimon Peres told 3,500 GA listeners that Israel must have courage. Israeli President Shimon Peres told 3,500 GA listeners that Israel must have courage. Peres, speaking to the close to 3,500 attendees at the federation’s annual conference, coined “The Global Jewish Shuk,” told listeners that he...CONTINUE »

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: What next?
November 10, 2013

Security. This was the only message that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered to a crowd of more than 2,000 people on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the opening plenary of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to a crowd of over 2,000 people at this year’s JFNA GA. The keyword: security. “The most important thing is to assure the security and the future of the Jewish state, the one...CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
November 10, 2013

With change there is always opportunity, said Debs Weinberg of Baltimore at a morning session run by the Jewish Agency for Israel. And Weinberg’s message was one that will become increasingly more relevant as JAFI, working with the government of Israel and nonprofits from across the world, works to better engage young (between the ages of 13 and 35) Jews with Israel and to enhance their Jewish identities. Dr. Misha Galperin, president and CEO of...CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe, Editor-in-Chief, Baltimore Jewish Times
November 9, 2013

Disruption. It seemed to be a keyword on Friday night at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Shabbat dinner. Held at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel, the energy was infectious – encouraging and incredible. Close to 300 people gathered in one room. They said the Kiddush together, recited Chamotzi together. Drank a shot of tequila together. The dinner was a gathering that happened at the end of five days of touring, part of the “Israel...CONTINUE »