Wednesday, March 3, 2021


General Assembly

Nikki Haley: Trump will not allow through U.N. resolutions condemning Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year’s United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel for its settlements,...

UN secretary-general reaffirms ancient Jewish ties to Jerusalem

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his recognition of ancient Jewish ties to Jerusalem during a meeting with World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder. A statement...

In the lions’ den: Federation women cap week in the Big Easy

Just down the road from where the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America had concluded a day earlier, more than a thousand of the federation system’s most generous women found a philanthropic sanctuary of their own.

For Jewish federations, decline in donors dwarfs recession woes

After three days of schmoozing, sessions and feel-good speeches, the 3,000 or so Jewish federation officials who came to the annual General Assembly may have left New Orleans feeling invigorated.

Netanyahu at GA: Iran must face ‘credible military threat’

Iran must face a \"credible military threat\" because sanctions have not deterred its nuclear weapons program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

First sign of the new U.S. political reality — Bibi’s swagger

The sharpest signal of what last week’s elections meant for Jews came not from Washington but from New Orleans, Nova Scotia and Australia.\n

Obama, Bibi meet behind closed doors

President Obama and Israel\'s prime minister met behind closed doors, discussing U.S.-Israel ties, Iran and Mideast peace talks, according to a White House statement.

Jewish Federations leaders meet with Obama

Leaders of The Jewish Federations of North America met with President Obama and other top administration officials at the White House.

Netanyahu: Restart peace talks now

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the immediate resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu: “Seize the moment” for peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the immediate resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.

Could economic slump — which means less giving — kill Jewish community innovation?

According to a survey taken in late September by the private wealth research firm, Prince & Associates, the cuts have arrived. Fifty-one percent said they planned on giving less next year than they did this past year -- and only 16 percent said they planned on giving more.

Israel will meet Iran threat, Olmert vows to General Assembly

The annual summit meeting of North American Jewish leaders climaxed Tuesday with an affirmation by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that \"Israel will not shy away from challenging Iran\'s development of nuclear weapons.\"

Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders tell all

On Monday, the three heads of the leading Jewish seminaries tackled this question, as well as the challenges of teaching a new generation of Jews in an hourlong plenary session that stepped outside the overriding focus on Israel at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly.

GA taps into passion, will, power of the people

Perhaps it was the civilian, Karnit Goldwasser, who said it most clearly: \"There are so many powerful and important people gathered together here. Together, we must raise up our voices.\"

Teens, college students make their presence known

Erika Levy and Alie Kussin-Shoptaw, seniors at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, easily spotted in their bright orange volunteer vests, stood by the escalators at the Los Angeles Convention Center, greeting arriving United Jewish Communities General Assembly (GA) attendees and directing them to meeting rooms, halls and hospitality suites.

Text of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s speech at the 2006 UJC General Assembly

Thank you for this opportunity; it is such a pleasure to be here with you all.\nThank you Bobby for your kind words. I have followed your career throughout\nthe years, including during this last period at UJC. I

GA News: Netanyahu compares Iran nuke threat to Hitler’s Germany

The Iran missile program calls for developing 25 nuclear weapons per year, ultimately with a range to reach the East Coast of the United States, Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu warned the annual summit meeting of North American Jewish leaders Monday afternoon. \"It\'s 1938 -- and Iran is Germany,\" he repeated again and again as he addressed some 5,000 delegates attending the United Jewish Communities\' General Assembly (UJC-GA) at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Livini to GA: We must tell Israel’s story through a human lens

One of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni top priorities is to close the gap between Israel\'s militant image abroad and the reality of a vibrant, multi-faceted nation. In her address Sunday afternoon to the opening session of General Assembly (GA) of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) in Los Angeles, Livni pledged \"to invest a lot of time and money\" in a Brand Israel campaign to project the country through a human lens.

And Get Thee Out: Jews and Hollywood

Rob Eshman, whom I admire a lot, and who argued strenuously -- even pleaded -- for his name not to be mentioned in this (but clearly lost), was nice enough to ask if I would write something for this special issue of The Journal (which I admire -- and read -- a lot), and I was very flattered.

Noteworthy sessions and events at the G.A.

Noteworthy sessions and events at the General Assembly

Federations and Israeli leaders converge on L.A.

The 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of United Jewish Communities, which begins Sunday and continues through Wednesday, will feature prime ministers, award-winning journalists and celebrated academics, among the nearly 4,000 Jewish leaders expected to attend.

Mel Gibson’s address to the General Assembly

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Jews: Welcome to beautiful Los Angeles! I write to you from the set of my new Ismar Schorsch biopic starring Danny Glover as Mordecai Kaplan and Jim Caviezel as Ismar Schorsch himself!

Jewish Time Machine: The 1982 General Assembly in Los Angeles

Main discussions focused on changing conditions in the Israeli immigration picture and Israel\'s economy, as well as issues facing overseas Jewish communities.

Collegians do the ‘Write Thing’ at GA

This will be the 17th year that a select group of Jewish collegians, as members of the Do the Write Thing team, will have its own prestigious place in the General Assembly.

L.A.’s Jews and other minorities: oh, how we’ve danced!

In Los Angeles, the most diverse city in the world, we Jews have grappled long and hard with our sense of place in America. Ultimately, having found our \"place in the sun,\" we have forged meaningful relations with many of the communities that make up this complicated goulash.

Illuminating the Jewish chapters of the Los Angeles story

Los Angeles, to the first-time visitor, can seem something of an enigma. Its vast physical spread often spawns negative stereotypes of a city beset by traffic, smog and the absence of a core.

Collegians ‘Do the Write Thing’

College students are not only attending the General Assembly, they are covering it as well.

From pioneers, peddlers and politicians to cutting-edge community

Tell most visitors that L.A. Jewish history dates back before the Gold Rush, or that Southern California is home to the second-largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel, and they usually look at you in astonishment.

L.A. gets ready to be the center of Jewish universe

In just three weeks, more than 3,000 leaders of the international Jewish community, including the prime minister of Israel, are coming to Los Angeles. This season\'s best-kept secret among L.A. Jews seems to be that the 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of the United Jewish Communities is being held in Los Angeles -- the first time in 26 years this city will host one of the largest annual gatherings of Jews in North America.

Groups hope new U.N. Secretary General will be fairer toward Israel than Kofi Annan

Jewish officials are greeting the selection of Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general with cautious optimism.

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