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JFNA Media Report -- June 11, 2014

Federations/Philanthropy:

The Jewish Week provides insight into the future of Jewish giving with a piece about the Jewish Teen Philanthropy Summit, and in an unprecedented move, the Government of Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigration Absorption have established an independent company to encourage aliyah from Europe, reports the Jerusalem Post.

Federations are highlighted in Cleveland and New Jersey.

Global:


• Jewish Week - Organizations Drawing Youth in by Letting them Control the Purse Strings

• Jerusalem Post - US Jewish Leaders Criticize Israel's Plan for Private Corporation to Oversee European Aliya

Local:

• Cleveland Plain Dealer- Philanthropists Give $1.25 Million Endowment for Jewish Summer Camp Program

• NJ.com - Union County Synagogues/Organizations to Participte in Create a Jewish Legacy Program

Israel Advocacy:

Military officials, politicians and security experts weighed in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with settlements at the heart of the debate, reports JTA.

• JTA - At Herzliya Conference, a Split on Importance of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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

Global Jewish News

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his Congressional seat to a Tea Party Republican in yesterday's primary, and both JTA and Politico describe the reaction of the Jewish community. 

•  JTA - Cantor's Loss Leaves Jewish Republicans Bereft

•  Politico - For Jewish Republicans: Oy Veh

Israel/Mideast 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned rocket fire from Gaza into Southern Israel today, demanding that all Palestinian factions abide by the ceasefire. A joint exhibition of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the cultural arm of the United Nations, that highlights the Jewish presence in the land  of Israel, will open Wednesday in Paris, despite pressure from Arab states to cancel it. The Washington Post and Ynet offer analysis of Israel's new President-elect, while the Times of Israel reports new benefits for Holocaust survivors and Ynet offers analysis on Israel's rejection of requests from Africans looking to convert.

Regional News:

• Jerusalem Post - Abbas Condemns Rocket Fire into Israel, Calls on Armed Gaza Factions to Respect Unity Deal

• Times of Israel - Rocket from Gaza Hits Near Southern Community

• JTA - Nixed Jews in Israel Exhibit to Open at UNESCO

Domestic News:

• Washington Post  - Parliament Elects Hard-liner Rivlin as Israel's Next President

• Ynet - Reuven Rivlin - From Beitar to the President's Residence

• Times of Israel - Knesset OKs NIS 1 Billion in Holocaust Survivor Benefits

• Ynet - Israel Rejects Africans' Request to Convert to Judaism 

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 -- May 29, 2014

Federations/Philanthropy:

JFNA CEO Jerry Silverman spoke with the New York Jewish Week about a proposed project that would advocate freedom of religious expression in Israel, including support for civil marriage. Geri Palast from the Israel Action Network discussed why the impact of the BDS movement is minor, while remaining a dangerous trend. Michael Siegal, chair of JFNA's Board of Trustees, expressed sympathies on behalf of Jewish Federations following this weekend's deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Paul Goldenberg of the Secure Community Network will travel to Kansas City this week to train Jewish leaders in security efforts following last month's shootings.

Federations are highlighted in Rockland County, South Palm Beach County, Oklahoma City and Durham-Chapel Hill.

Global:


• New York Jewish Week -- JFNA To Promote Civil Marriage
• New York Jewish Week -- More 'Noise' Than Anything?
• JNS -- Jewish groups condemn deadly Brussels Jewish museum shooting
• JTA -- K.C. Jewish leaders to train in confronting gunman

Local:

• Algemeiner -- Newly Crowned 'Miss Israel' Mor Maman Brings New Jersey Crowd to Tears
• Florida Jewish Journal -- An afternoon of baseball and Jewish heritage
• Edmond Sun -- OKC Jewish community revels in congregation's unity
• News & Observer -- Dachau victims' ashes laid to rest in Durham

Israel Advocacy:

Internet giant AOL has announced the start of a program investing in as many as ten start-ups in Israel. The Israel advocacy group StandWithUs is sponsoring photographers to document a trip to Israel through the popular photo sharing social network Instagram. A new short documentary travels inside SodaStream's West Bank factory. Before his upcoming concert in Tel Aviv, pop star Justin Timberlake made a trip to the Western Wall.

• Reuters -- AOL to invest in Israeli start-ups
• Israel Hayom -- Israel seen through the Instagram filter
• Tablet -- Inside SodaStream's West Bank Factory
• Arutz Sheva -- Pop Icon Justin Timberlake Prays at Kotel

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

Global Jewish News:

Following this weekend's tragic shooting, the Belgian Jewish community came together in mourning. The man charged in last month's shootings in Kansas City has had new charges filed against him. The president of JDC -- who also served as the first female president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit -- reflects on her journey and her organization's future.

• JTA -- Belgian Jews gather to mourn after museum attack
• Kansas City Star -- New charges are filed in Overland Park shooting spree outside Jewish centers

• Times of Israel -- JDC president says volunteers never hit a glass ceiling

Israel/Mideast:

Officials from all sides praised Pope Francis's trip to the Middle East, calling his trip fair and well-balanced. The Temple Mount was closed following clashes on Jerusalem Day. A 400-year-old synagogue in Damascus was destroyed by Syrian Arab Army forces this past weekend.

Domestically, Israeli PM Netanyahu celebrated Jerusalem Day in a speech at the Knesset. Last night, Netanyahu officially endorsed MK Reuven Rivlin for the Israeli presidency. Polling has continued to show that Rivlin is the favored choice of the Israeli public, leading Nobel laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman and former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner.

Regional News:

• Jerusalem Post -- Pope maintained diplomatic balance during visit, religious leaders say
• JTA -- Temple Mount closed after Arab rioting on Jerusalem Day

• The Daily Beast -- Exclusive Pictures: Syria's Oldest Synagogue, Destroyed by Assad

Domestic News:

• Jerusalem Post -- Netanyahu tells Knesset: Jerusalem was reunited, and will never be divided

• YNet News -- Netanyahu endorses MK Rivlin for presidency
• Haaretz -- Poll: Rivlin is people's choice for Israel's president

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 -- May 23, 2014

The media report will not be published on Monday, May 26th as the JFNA offices will be closed for Memorial Day. The media report will resume on Wednesday, May 28th.

Federations/Philanthropy:

A stalemate over tax extender legislation has left numerous priorities uncertain, including those of Jewish Federations. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has used a new award to establish a fund for young Jewish entrepreneurs.

Federations are highlighted in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, Southern Arizona and Toronto.

Global:


• Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Tax-Credit Stalemate Leaves Nonprofit Projects in Limbo
• New York Times -- Bloomberg, in Israel, Wins a $1 Million Prize, and Then Gives It Back

Local:

• Pittsburgh Tribune Review -- Israelis plan to strengthen business ties to Western Pa.
• JUF News -- Federation leaders discuss domestic policy with Congress
• The Jewish Sound -- Eight years after the shooting, a gun responsibility center launches at the Jewish Federation
• Arizona Jewish Post -- Largest Tucson delegation joins March of Living in Poland, Israel
• Canadian Jewish News (op-ed) -- In his death, an escape from slavery

Israel Advocacy:

The student judicial board at UCLA ruled that sponsored Israel trips for student government officials are not a conflict of interest, with no votes against. Meanwhile, a UCLA student leader active in Jewish student organizations has been nominated to become a student representative for the the UC regents board. A prominent BDS supporter in Australia was asked to leave, then was reinvited, to a debate on the two-state solution.

• Jewish Journal -- UCLA student judicial board defeats SJP compaint, rules that sponsored Israel trips do not constitute conflict
• Los Angeles Times -- UCLA student leader active in Jewish groups nominated as regent
• Haaretz -- BDS supporter dumped, then reinvited to Melbourne debate

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

Global Jewish News:

The CEO of JDC and the CEO of World Jewish Relief spoke out in support of the Jewish population wishing to remain in Ukraine. A group of Russian Jewish veterans have come together to support the creation of a new holiday. A fund has been established in Amsterdam to repay fines unfairly leveled on Holocaust survivors.

• JTA -- Op-Ed: Support Jews staying in Ukraine
• JTA -- A holiday is born: Red Army vets promote 'Rescue Day of European Jewry'

• JTA -- Amsterdam earmarks $1.18m as compensation for Holocaust victims

Israel/Mideast:

In a wide-ranging interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Israeli PM Netanyahu praised President Obama's approach to Syria. A poll of Palestinians revealed that if an election were held today, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti would win the presidency. A prominent Argentinian rabbi will accompany Pope Francis in his upcoming trip to Israel.

Domestically, sources say that PM Netanyahu is unlikely to endorse a candidate in the upcoming Israeli presidential election. The High Court of Justice in Israel will review the country's extradition policy with France.

Regional News:

• Bloomberg View -- Netanyahu Says Obama Got Syria Right
• Haaretz -- Poll: Marwan Barghouti would win Palestinian presidential election

• Jerusalem Post -- Rabbi Avraham Skorka to accompany Pope Francis

Domestic News:

• Jerusalem Post -- Netanyahu likely to hold back endorsement for president

• JTA -- Israeli court to examine state's unreciprocated extradition policy to France

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 -- May 21, 2014

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.

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 Give

Local:

• 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 comeback

Israel 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 Games

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 -- May 20, 2014

Federations/Philanthropy:

JFNA's senior director of legislative affairs discusses the need for programs that help seniors stay in their homes. The National Women's Philanthropy of JFNA announces this year's recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award. Rabbi David Lau, the Chief Rabbi of Israel, further reflects on his visit to New York and the Jewish Federations last week.

Federations are highlighted in Rochester, Orange County, CA and Southern New Jersey.

Global:


• NBC News -- Roommates Are a Financial Lifeline for Some Seniors
• Heritage Florida Jewish News -- Lake receives national award
• Jerusalem Post -Lau calls Reform rabbis his brothers in NY meeting

Local:

• The Democrat & Chronicle (op-ed) -- Essay: Court rocked foundation
• Orange County Register -- Israel Expo brings 10,000 to Irvine
• Jewish Community Voice -- Federation purchases Bethel Baptist Church property to expand services

Israel Advocacy:

UCLA's chancellor spoke out against a push to prevent student leaders to attend trips to Israel, while pro-Palestinian groups filed complaints that these leaders faced conflicts of interest.

• Haaretz -- UCLA chancellor condemns effort to ban student leader trips to Israel
• JTA -- UCLA student leaders face hearing over Israel trips

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

Global Jewish News:

The ADL's Abe Foxman discusses his organization's recent survey measuring global attitudes towards the Jewish people. Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel discusses the lessons the world still has to learn from the Holocaust. Ukrainian Jews gathered to celebrate Lag b'Omer as a community.

• JTA -- Op-Ed: A new gauge of global anti-Semitism
• Jerusalem Post -- Wiesel: World has not learned enough from Holocaust

• JTA -- Under tight security, Odessa Jews celebrate Lag b'Omer

Israel/Mideast:

In the first visit to Israel by a senior U.S. leader since the recent collapse of peace talks, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel found a warm reception. Israel and China are strengthening their diplomatic relationship. Hamas officials intend to imitate Hezbollah's government in Lebanon for the new Palestinian unity government.

Domestically, the next Israeli president will be elected by the Knesset on June 10th. Israelis continue to celebrate after Maccabi Tel Aviv won the Euroleague basketball championship for the first time since 2005.

Regional News:

• Washington Post -- In Israel, Hagel is welcomed warmly in first senior U.S. visit since peace talks collapse
• AP -- Israeli, Chinese universities to collaborate

• Haaretz -- Hamas wants to employ the 'Hezbollah model'

Domestic News:

• Jerusalem Post -- Knesset speaker announces Israel to elect new president on June 10

• Times of Israel -- Maccabi Tel Aviv wins Euroleague final 98-86

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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