TribeFest comes to a close in New Orleans. A new study, in which numerous federations took part, reveals what Diaspora Jews would like to see from Israel in the future. A JFNA-sponsored mission to Israel will focus on the country's budding "foodie" culture. Proposed legislation in New York would help pave the way to universal preschool in the Jewish community.
Federations are highlighted in San Francisco, MetroWest NJ, Southern New Jersey and Birmingham.
• The Daily Reveille -- TribeFest celebrates Jewish culture, heritage
• JPost -- Diaspora Jews favor more 'inclusive Jewishness' in Israel, says think tank
• New York Jewish Week -- Israel as Foodie Destination
• JTA (op-ed) -- Op-Ed: For Jewish education's future, look to Albany
• J. weekly -- S.F. federation names interim CEO
• Independent Press -- One Billion Rising Essex draws hundreds to raise awareness of violence against women and girls
• Birmingham News -- Rabbi and wife, formerly of Birmingham, have fled Ukraine after Russian invasion of Crimea
• Jewish Community Voice (op-ed) -- Jewish Federation impacts the lives of Jews in need across the globe
The European Union's foreign policy chief reiterated this week that the EU opposes boycotts of Israel. A new initiative is bringing pro-Israel academics together to combat academic boycotts.
• Haaretz -- Ashton: EU opposes Israel boycotts
• JNS -- Pro-Israel liberal academics launch new initiative to combat boycotts of Israel
For more Israel advocacy news, see the Israel Action Network website.
Global Jewish News:
The ongoing crisis in Crimea has brought back ongoing concerns for the Jewish community in the region. Years after the killings at a school in France, a local Jewish leader is urging young Jews to leave the community.
• Boston Globe -- Crisis in Crimea stirs old fears for Ukraine's Jews
• JTA -- Toulouse Jewish leader urges young Jews to leave
Following a roadside explosion that injured four IDF soldiers, Israel launched airstrikes against Syrian targets earlier this morning. Members of the Obama administration strongly condemned Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya'alon after repeated criticisms against the president. Palestinian officials are threatening to resume their campaign in the United Nations should current peace talks fail.
Domestically, building plans have been approved for 184 new homes in areas in Jerusalem over the Green Line. Ongoing debates over the conversion bill have caused boycotts in the Knesset, where religious party members have protested the advancement of the legislation.Domestic News:
• New York Times -- Israel Attacks Syrian Positions in Golan Heights
• JPost -- 'Mystified' US slams Israeli defense minister Ya'alon's criticism of Obama
• YNet News -- Palestinians threaten to resume UN campaign
• JPost -- Jerusalem municipality approves 184 new homes in areas over Green Line
• Times of Israel -- Conversion bill fight opens fissure in coalition
For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page.
For more security news, see JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN) website.