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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Standing Still at Sinai

Tomorrow night, we will begin the holiday of Shavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, in which we commemorate receiving the Torah at Sinai. For seven weeks, we have been counting the days since Pesach, tracking our journey to when we stood at Sinai and actually became “a People.” It…

From San Diego to Mumbai: Enough is Enough

The Jewish Federations of North America are once again in the alarming position of having to condemn another despicable act of hatred, anti-Semitism, and the vilification of the “other.” Six months to the day after the devastating massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, its…

Renewing Tradition—A Passover Message

Why is it that more Jews attend a Passover seder than any other Jewish ritual or service?

Maybe it’s because it is celebrated at home, around a table with family and friends.

Maybe it’s because questions play a central role in the seder, and everyone can ask questions.

Or maybe it’s…

Reimagining a Strong Jewish Future

Earlier this week, I was privileged to lead my first board meeting as chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)—an event I was well prepared for thanks to the work of my predecessor Richard Sandler (Los Angeles). Nearly 200 Jewish leaders from across …

Pittsburgh: A Lesson in Strength and Unity

When getting up from shiva, it is traditional to literally get up and walk around the block. It serves the purpose of reentry into daily life, though still feeling the pain of loss. In a sense, it is a declaration of one’s choice of life over despair; to remain active and engaged with the …