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.

JFNA Mourns the Passing of Sheldon Adelson, z"l

The Jewish Federations of North America mourns the loss of Sheldon Adelson, z"l, whose profound commitment to Jewish peoplehood and the State of Israel is well known.

Through his support for numerous programs, he helped an entire generation get to know Israel and he powered the effort to st…

Lighting Lights


It is almost impossible to overstate how important lighting lights is to Jewish law and tradition. We light candles for Shabbat, for holidays, and, of course, for the eight days of Chanukah, which begins this evening.

Maimonides, in the Mishneh Torah, teaches that if one is poor and doesn…

Remembering the Emigration of Soviet Jewry

As this long year comes to a close and we look forward to tackling the formidable agenda we have for our community and the world in 2021, it is good to be reminded of our power to make change happen through collective action. December 6 is just such a reminder.

On December 6, 1987, 250,000 …

Our Hearts Are Full As Ethiopian Olim Arrive in Israel

On Thursday, December 3, a group of Ethiopian olim landed in Israel. We join the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel in celebrating this historic event and welcoming this group of olim to their homeland. Helping Ethiopians and other Jews worldwide come home to Israel is one…

Remarks to the the Knesset Aliyah, Absorption & Diaspora Affairs Committee

I’m Eric Fingerhut, President & CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America. I am proud to represent the 146 Jewish Federations and nearly 300 network communities who are individually the largest Jewish communal and charitable institutions in each of their communities and are…