From Our Leadership

Mark Wilf is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of JFNA. He has previously served as UJC National Campaign Chair, UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet Chair, and as President of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Most recently, Mr. Wilf has chaired JFNA’s national initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States. He is an attorney and partner in Garden Homes, a real estate development firm, and owner/president of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
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This Passover, Federations are Keeping Watch Over the Jewish People

We begin Pesach this evening in a frankly troubled time. Russia’s war on Ukraine is bringing destruction and human suffering on a vast scale, and doing it right before the eyes of the entire world. Our beloved Israel is experiencing a wave of deadly terrorism and unrest. And we are watchin…

A Strategic Approach to the Ukraine Emergency

Since the war in Ukraine broke out, we have been to the region three times, to the border twice, and to the command centers of our relief agencies in Jerusalem.  Leaders of over thirty different major Jewish communities from across North America have been on these trips as well, seeing for …

Poland and Purim at a Time of Crisis

Today is Shushan Purim, one of the more obscure holidays in the Jewish calendar. What’s this all about?


The holiday of Purim, which we celebrated yesterday, is on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It marks the day after the fighting ended between the Jews of the Persian Empire and th…

A "Split Screen" Day

Today is what I believe news producers call a “split screen” day.


I am writing to you from an El Al flight carrying Ukrainian refugees to their new home in Israel. These new olim are the latest participants in one of the greatest stories in human history – the establishment of the mo…

A Light in the Darkness

Though the news from Ukraine remains grim, and the work of our overseas partners continues to grow, I thought you would like to see this picture of Ukrainian refugees/new olim arriving at Ben Gurion airport, and being greeted by the Prime Minister of Israel, by the Director General of our J…