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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On Racial Justice, We Can All Do Better

The past few weeks have been heart-wrenching. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have peacefully taken to the streets to vent their anger over the death of George Floyd and call for racial justice in America.

Major American cities enacted curfews, and states of emergency were declared. Ami…

Yom HaShoah: A Day to Remember, A Day to Make a Difference

We ended last week with the news that $350 billion in small business loans offered through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act had been exhausted. The announcement of the availability of these funds, just two weeks before, was welcome news and we are hopeful that rum…

Passover and Doing Jewish Together

B’chol dor vador chayav adam lirot et atzmo k’ilu hu yatza mimitzrayim. In every generation, each Jew should regard themselves as if they personally came out of Egypt.

When we read these words in the Haggadah—as we will this week in Jewish homes all over the world—we usually take it…

Bringing More Light Into the World

There is a famous dispute in the Talmud between two great sages of our people, Shammai and Hillel, about the lighting of the Hanukkah candles. Frankly, they were always about espousing conflicting views on matters of Jewish law. But just as famously, they had enormous respect for one another…

Making the New Holy

Rav Kook, the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Palestine, was a rigorous defender of traditional Judaism, yet broke with his contemporaries and engaged the secular chalutzim—the pioneers settling the land of Israel. He saw in them not a break in the chain but the dawn of redemption. Stories …