JFNA Media Report -- March 24, 2014

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 5:32pm

Federations/Philanthropy:In an op-ed, JFNA CEO Jerry Silverman discusses the importance of allowing every Jew a place in the community. The Forward begins an examination of how various Jewish charities allocate financial resources.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Federations are highlighted in Baltimore, Boston, Greenville and Sarasota-Manatee.Global:• New York Jewish Week (op-ed) -- Expanding The Concept, And Reality, Of 'Jewish Community' • The Forward -- 26 Billion Bucks: The Jewish Charity Initative UncoveredLocal:• Baltimore Jewish Times (op-ed) -- Eyes on Ukraine• JTA -- Jim Joseph Foundation awards $7.8 million for Jewish education projects• Greenville News -- Jewish scholar hopes to encourage care for others in altruism talk at Furman• Bradenton Herald -- Author of Monuments Men delivered speech for Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee donorsIsrael Advocacy:Former President Jimmy Carter stated that he and other former world leaders do not support a boycott of Israel. A group of British architects publicly called for a boycott of Israeli architects due to ongoing settlement construction. Students at Loyola University in Chicago are pushing the student government president to reject a divestment resolution. The Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi is working to increase Israel advocacy on campuses throughout the U.S.• AP -- Carter: Boycott of Israel 'Too Much'• YNet News -- British architects group calls for boycott of Israeli counterparts• JTA -- Loyola of Chicago pro-Israel community bidding to overturn divestment vote• JNS -- No 'Animal House': AEPi's Israel advocacy moves fraternity beyond party image  

For more Israel advocacy news, see the Israel Action Network website.

Global Jewish News:

The Baltimore Jewish community is protesting the appeal of a man convicted of murdering a young Jewish girl 44 years ago. A new study explores paths to Jewish involvement among "millenials." In Uganda, a small Jewish population finds itself divided.• Baltimore Jewish Times -- Community Protests Murderer's Appeal• New York Jewish Week -- The Greening Of Jewish Millenials• JTA-- In rural Uganda, small Jewish community splits over conversion

Israel/Mideast:The anticipated release of Palestinian prisoners could be the key to continued negotiations. A UN council is debating several anti-Israel resolutions, including an endorsement of business-related boycotts.

Domestically, a general strike in the Foreign Ministry has paralyzed Israel's embassies and foreign missions across the globe. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's party finds itself in an uproar over the potential release of prisoners. The Knesset is considering a bill that would establish an official "Aliyah Day."Regional News:• New York Times -- Standoff Over Prisoner Release Threatens Mideast Talks• JPost -- United Nations Human Rights Council debates 5 anti-Israel resolutions

Domestic News:• Haaretz -- Foreign Ministry employees declare general strike, paralyzing Israel's diplomatic system• Times of Israel -- Internal Likud fight could shift Israel's balance of power• JTA -- Knesset introduces bill creating Aliyah DayFor more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page. For more security news, see JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN) website.
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