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JFNA Media Report -- March 24, 2014

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.

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 Uncovered

Local:

• 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 donors


Israel 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 Day

For 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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JFNA Media Report -- March 19, 2014

Federations/Philanthropy:

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.

Global:

• 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

Local:

• 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

Israel Advocacy:

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


Israel/Mideast:

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.

Regional 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

Domestic News:

• 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.
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JFNA Media Report -- March 10, 2014

Federations/Philanthropy:

The growth of the Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education sector is profiled. The Chronicle of Philanthropy sees 2014 as a year for staffing growth, not layoffs at nonprofits. A new professional-development program for Russian-speaking Jewish communal pros launches. 

Federations are highlighted in Pittsburgh, Howard County and the New Jersey association of Jewish Federations.

Global:

• JNS -- After Pew pessimism, is ‘JOFEE’ the new acronym for the Jewish future?  

• Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Nearly Half of All Nonprofits Plan to Add Jobs; Few Predict Layoffs 
• BrandeisNow -- Brandeis launches leadership incubator for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionals  

Local:

• NJ Jewish Standard -- State Legislators tour Israel  

• Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle -- Federation wires support to Ukraine  
• Baltimore Sun -- Howard's Jewish community comes together at Purim Palooza  

Israel Advocacy:

A Canadian university faces a BDS push against Israeli hummus. The Israeli government warns against anti-Israel propaganda from a Christian gathering in Bethlehem.


• Jerusalem Post -- No, Canada! Ottawa students group wants to ban Israeli hummus from campus
• Israel Today -- Israeli Gov't: Christ at the Checkpoint is Problematic 
 

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

Global Jewish News:

Perhaps with an eye to US business gains, a French railway offers Holocaust restitution; the Anne Frank House and the Israeli government replace vandalized copies of the Diary in Japanese libraries.

• International Business Times -- French State Railway SNCF to Compensate Nazi Holocaust Victims 
• DP -- Tokyo libraries receive donations from Anne Frank House after hundreds of books vandalized 
• JTA -- France to return Nazi-looted art as ‘Monuments Men’ hits French screens 

Israel/Mideast:

In regional news, PM Netanyahu praises the seizure of Iranian arms said to be destined for Gaza, while an EU leader warns of the uncertain status of a final deal on Iranian nuclear ambitions. David Cameron preps for his first visit to Israel as UK PM.

In domestic news, the financial newspaper Globes reports on record tourism to Israel. Opposition Knesset parties announce a boycott of several contentious bills.

Regional News:

• LA Times -- Israel's Netanyahu slams world community for 'hypocrisy' over Iran

• The New York Times -- ‘No Guarantee’ of Final Nuclear Deal With Iran, E.U. Official Says  
• JTA -- Arab League rejects recognition of Israel as Jewish state
• AP -- Cameron to make 1st visit as UK leader to Israel  
  

Domestic News:

• Globes -- Record tourism in February
• Jerusalem Post -- Opposition parties to boycott votes on referendum, electoral threshold and haredi draft bills  


For 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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JFNA Media Report -- March 5, 2014

Federations/Philanthropy:

The Israeli American Council seeks to grow its audience; and the ZOA’s Mort Klein insists he’s the best man for the job.

Federations are highlighted in LA; MetroWest, NJ; Palm Beach; and South Palm Beach.

Global:

• Jerusalem Post -- Israeli American Council aims to expand audience
• Times of Israel -- ZOA’s Morton Klein says he’s still the best man for the job
 
Local:

• LA Daily News -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Los Angeles for premiere of Israel film
• NJ Jewish News -- Federation shores up partners in Ukraine
• South Florida Sun-Sentinel (commentary) -- With sadness, I’m getting off the Hillel bandwagon
• South Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Birthright trip offered through Federations' partnership

Israel Advocacy:

An Algemeiner columnist unearths the Soviet roots of Israel Apartheid Week, which helped spark the BDS movement.

• Algemeiner -- Israeli Apartheid Week is a Soviet Creation

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

Global Jewish News:

Jews in Ukraine seem divided over whether a Russian presence is a good thing, while most agree they don’t know what’s coming next; and many Jews in Venezuela eye new options amid upheaval.

• JTA -- In Crimea, some Jews feel safer after Russian intervention
• Tablet -- With Civil War Looming, Ukrainians Agree on One Thing: No One Knows What’s Next
• JTA -- With Venezuela in a tailspin, growing number of Jews opting for a Plan B

Israel/Mideast:

Israel says its interdiction of a ship ferrying Iranian missiles to Gaza could provide a strategic PR weapon against Iran; and a new Pew survey says U.S. public support for Israel remains strong on the eve of the summit between PM Netanyahu and President Obama.

In domestic news, a national study in Israel says women there still come up against a glass ceiling.

Regional News:

• Jerusalem Post -- Netanyahu from LA: Weapons ship interdiction shows true face of Iran
• Times of Israel (analysis) -- Israel hopes missile-ship intercept will expose Iran
• The Tower -- Pew: Strong Bipartisan Support for Israel As Obama-Netanyahu Meet

Domestic News:

• Times of Israel -- Glass ceiling still firmly in place for Israeli women, state says

For 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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JFNA Media Report -- March 3, 2014

Federations/Philanthropy:

The PJ Library is not only helping build Jewish community, it’s helping Israeli Arabs as a way to strengthen the Jewish State, JTA reports. Meanwhile, the Forward profiles a rising media figure and Philadelphia federation leader; and the Tower looks at a new way to invest in Israel (in a fund that Federations have supported as well).

Federations are highlighted in Chicago; Collier County, FL; Northeastern PA; and South Palm Beach County.

Global:

• JTA -- PJ Library, Jewish kids’ books provider, expands to Arab sector
• Forward -- Brian Roberts' Jewish Roots and Outsized Ambition Drive Comcast's Rise in Media
• The Tower -- Joining the Start-Up Nation Just Got a Lot Easier

Local:

• Chicago Tribune -- Teens perform to benefit resource center
• Scranton Times-Tribune -- Scranton Holocaust survivor Sam Rosen dies
• South Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Seven synagogues get social workers
• Marco News -- Carole Green: Willens prepares to move on

Israel Advocacy:

The NY Times debates if boycotting settlements will help Israel; and the Algemeiner reports on a new BDS initiative at UC Davis.

• NY Times’ ‘Room for Debate’ -- Is a Settlement Boycott Best for Israel?
• Algemeiner -- UC Davis Anti-Israel Group Offers Non-Credit Class on Boycotting Jewish State

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

Global Jewish News:

A JAFI official talks about boosting aid to Ukraine’s Jews; Israeli security experts help the local Jewish population; and a rabbi talks about how Ukrainian Jews are once again facing challenges.

• Haaretz -- Jewish Agency: Emergency assistance to Ukrainian Jews could be increased
• Haaretz -- Israeli security experts head out to Kiev to train local Jews in self-defense
• Algemeiner -- Tough Times Again for Ukraine’s Jewish Population

Israel/Mideast:

Jeff Goldberg in Bloomberg News and David Horovitz in The Times of Israel explore the implications of President Obama’s warning to Israel on the eve of PM Netanyahu’s visit to DC; Palestinian President Abbas warns if the US peace plan doesn’t meet the Palestinians’ approval, they will seek unilateral recognition; and CBS News reports the US is urging Israel to stop hits on Iranian nuclear scientists.

In domestic news, the Jerusalem Post reports a new Pew survey on Israeli attitudes could reshape Israeli-Diaspora relations.

Regional News:

• Bloomberg View (Jeffrey Goldberg) -- Obama to Israel - Time Is Running Out
• Times of Israel (analysis, David Horovitz) -- For Netanyahu, a bombshell battering by Obama
• Jerusalem Post -- Abbas: If Kerry's framework not satisfactory, PA will end talks, seek unilateral recognition
• CBS News -- U.S. pushing Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists

Domestic News:

• Jerusalem Post -- Upcoming Pew study may help bridge gap between Israel and Diaspora

For 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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