JFNA Media Report -- May 21, 2014

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:35pm

Federations/Philanthropy:The new head of the 92nd Street Y in New York discusses his plans to take the community center's work to a global level. A number of prominent American philanthropists are working to inspire charitable giving in countries around the world.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Federations are highlighted in New York, Greater Middlesex County and Youngstown.Global:• Chronicle of Philanthropy -- 92nd Street Y Leader Plans to Use the Web to Help Spread Activism Worldwide• The Atlantic -- How U.S. Philanthropy Is Inspiring Foreigners to GiveLocal:• New York Jewish Week -- Westchester's Boomer Boom• New Jersey Jewish News -- JDC officials describe Ukraine's relief effort• The Vindicator -- SMARTS program making a comebackIsrael Advocacy:

A politics professor is alarmed by some of the on-the-record debate that has emerged over the Modern Language Association's anti-Israel resolution. Officials at the Simon Wiesenthal Center worry that recent attempts to prevent student leaders from attending trips to Israel recall tactics of Joe McCarthy. A resolution at the University of Washington calling for divestment from Israel failed resoundingly.• Chronicle of Higher Education (op-ed) -- 'Zionist Attack Dogs'? The MLA's Debate on Israel Might Go Viral• JTA (op-ed) -- Op-Ed: Anti-Israel campaign at UCLA echoes of McCarthyism• JNS -- Israel divestment resolution resoundly defeated at University of Washington

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

Global Jewish News:

As Ukraine's presidential election approaches, Jewish activists are taking steps to ensure that their voices are heard. A study by a Jerusalem think tank measured what Diaspora Jews believe is necessary for Israel to remain a Jewish and democratic state. A popular brand of hummus is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to establish a standard for what constitutes the dip.• JTA -- As crucial vote nears, Ukrainian activists warn candidates: Don't betray us• Haaretz -- Study: Diaspora Jews say occupation, Orthodoxy threaten Israel• JTA -- Sabra trying to establish U.S. hummus law

Israel/Mideast:The United States and United Nations have each called for investigations following the release of a tape showing the shooting of a pair of Palestinian protesters in Israel. PA President Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian leadership does not intend to join any further international organizations for the time being. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to award Israeli President Shimon Peres the Congressional Gold Medal.

Domestically, legislation awarding additional benefits to Israeli Holocaust survivors passed a preliminary reading. An arrest has been made in the suspected 'price tag' attacks in a town outside of Haifa. An American equestrian is seeking to represent Israel in the 2016 Olympic Games.Regional News:• Haaretz -- U.S. urges restraint by both sides after killing of Palestinian teens• Times of Israel -- Abbas says he won't join more international groups for now• JTA -- Congress votes Gold Medal for Shimon Peres

Domestic News:• Jerusalem Post -- Knesset approves benefits for Holocaust survivors in early vote• Times of Israel -- Two arrested over wave of Yokne'am hate crimes• JTA -- An Israeli Olympic equestrian? Danielle Goldstein aims for Rio GamesFor 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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