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Catching Up with Randy Gold, JFNA's 2011 Jewish Community Hero of the Year

By Jspace Staff on 12/9/2011 at 2:55 PM

Categories: United States, Religion, Exclusive Interviews

Catching Up with Randy Gold, JFNA's 2011 Jewish Community Hero of the Year

Randy Gold doesn’t think he’s a hero, but that’s the honor being bestowed upon him by the Jewish Federations of North America for the work of his organization, Jewish Gene Screen. The JFNA named Gold their 2011 Jewish Community Hero of the Year, an award he wishes he could have shared with his wife, Caroline. “Unfortunately, the contest only accepts one person nominations, not two. She’s just as much a part of this, if not more, as I am,” he said over the phone. Caroline and …More

Randy Gold is JFNA's 2011 Jewish Community Hero of the Year

By Jspace Staff on 12/7/2011 at 5:23 PM

Categories: Health, Religion, United States

Randy Gold is JFNA's 2011 Jewish Community Hero of the Year

The Jewish Federations of North America has selected Randy Gold as its 2011 Jewish Community Hero of the Year. After Gold’s daughter with diagnosed with Mucolipidosis Type IV, which is a preventable Jewish genetic disease, he started Jewish Gene Screen, an organization focused on pre-natal screening for all 19 such known diseases. Gold's organization promotes awareness of these diseases to rabbis, doctors, and young couples, who can now be tested before they get married. Through Gold’s work, …More

Jewish Federations of North America Works to Increase Global Giving

By Jspace Staff on 11/18/2011 at 5:12 PM

Categories: Israel, Religion, World

Jewish Federations of North America Works to Increase Global Giving

The Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America has approved a new initiative that will strengthen “the way the Jewish community prioritizes and takes collective action to address Jewish needs worldwide.” The Global Planning Table will help Jewish Federations and their partners better serve Jewish people in Israel and 70 other countries around the world. According to a statement released by the JFNA, the GPT will “assess the impact of philanthropic giving” in the global …More

Big Names Cancel at GA: Bad Luck or Something Else?

From The Jerusalem Post on 11/8/2011 at 8:22 AM

Categories: Israel, Politics, United States

Big Names Cancel at GA: Bad Luck or Something Else?

For decades the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly has drawn some of the highest-ranking politicians in the US and Israel. This year’s parley, however, which started in Denver on Sunday, has seen a wave of cancellations by big names begging the question: Is it just bad luck or something else? “There were scheduling problems with the Rabin memorial in Israel on Wednesday,” explained Joe Berkofsky, JFNA’s spokesman. “Nonetheless Prime Minister Benjamin …More

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Bibi’s GA Timing—Iran Related?

From JTA on 11/1/2011 at 1:48 PM

Categories: Middle East, Israel

Bibi’s GA Timing—Iran Related?

Benjamin Netanyahu canceled his planned appearance next week at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. I was told the reason had to do with conflicts with the commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin's 1995 assassination. At least one JTA reader tweeted wonderment at the excuse -- wouldn't Netanyahu have known months in advance of the Rabin commemoration dates?  Now, Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic insinuates another theory: the International Atomic Energy Agency is due to release …More

Jewish Groups Comment on Shalit's Release (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 10/19/2011 at 11:09 AM

Categories: Politics, Israel, Middle East

Jewish groups around the world celebrated Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s release and return home. American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to exchange 1,027 Palestinian prisoners for Shalit’s freedom “one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching" challenges ever faced by a political leader. “Israel made a decision of extraordinary nobility, choosing to risk future dangers at the hands of an implacable enemy to …More

The Jewish Community Reacts To Shalit's Release

By Jspace Staff on 10/12/2011 at 3:14 PM

Categories: Israel, United States, Middle East

The Jewish Community Reacts To Shalit's Release

Jews around the world reacted to the news that captured soldier Gilad Shalit will be released by Hamas, ending his five years of captivity. Israel has agreed to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit's return. Close to 300 of those prisoners had been serving life sentences. For this reason, in the United States, Shalit’s release was met with a mixed reaction. “It’s what we prayed for and hoped for,” Eli Tene, co-chair of the Los Angeles-based Israeli Leadership …More

Jewish Groups Race To Preserve Aid To Poor

From The Jewish Week on 8/5/2011 at 3:29 PM

Categories: Religion, Culture, Politics

Jewish Groups Race To Preserve Aid To Poor

Looming block grant cuts in community seen as a big deal, says local agency head. President Barack Obamas signing Tuesday of a landmark budget agreement to raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion signaled the start of intense lobbying by Jewish groups to convince lawmakers to use a scalpel and not a hammer as they make $550 billion in discretionary domestic cuts. William Daroff, vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of the Jewish Federations of North America, said the next six to …More