Experience the General Assembly

Each November, the General Assembly convenes thousands of volunteer and professional leaders from Federations across North America, together with those in the business of Jewish philanthropy from around the world.

Relive the GA with these stirring talks from top thought leaders and visionaries from across the spectrum of politics, religion, academics and more. And get inspired by the incredible work of Federation at home and around the world.

 

Video Gallery

Live Q&A with Netanyahu

Israeli PM Netanyahu answers questions live via satellite from JFNA Board Chair Richard Sandler.

Chemi Peres

Chemi Peres delivers a moving tribute to his father, Shimon Peres, z"l.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in conversation with noted attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

Richard Sandler

Richard Sandler, chair of JFNA's Board of Trustees, addresses the 2016 GA.

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  • Bravo personality and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen

  • Young leaders at the General Assembly

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  • RBG utters the words: ‘President Trump’

    In a short Q&A session before the Jewish Federations of North America, Ginsburg said the most immediate impact of last week’s election on the Supreme Court is that it will get a new ninth member. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    In a short Q&A session before the Jewish Federations of North America, Ginsburg said the most immediate impact of last week’s election on the Supreme Court is that it will get a new ninth member. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    In a short Q&A session before the Jewish Federations of North America, Ginsburg said the most immediate impact of last week’s election on the Supreme Court is that it will get a new nint...

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  • Trump Nears Cabinet Nominations

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who once called Mr. Trump a “faker” who “has no consistency about him,” said on Monday what she likely wanted to avoid: Mr. Trump will make the Supreme Court whole again. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who once called Mr. Trump a “faker” who “has no consistency about him,” said on Monday what she likely wanted to avoid: Mr. Trump will make the Supreme Court whole again. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who once called Mr. Trump a “faker” who “has no consistency about him,” said on Monday what she likely wanted to avoid: Mr. Trump will make the Supreme...

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    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who once called Mr. Trump a “faker” who “has no consistency about him,” said on M...

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  • US Jewish leaders urge PM to resolve Kotel controversy

    Leaders of the North American Jewish community on Monday agreed to write a letter to PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the issue of the unimplemented government decision to create an egalitarian prayer space at the southern end of the Western Wall. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    Leaders of the North American Jewish community on Monday agreed to write a letter to PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the issue of the unimplemented government decision to create an egalitarian prayer space at the southern end of the Western Wall. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    Leaders of the North American Jewish community on Monday agreed to write a letter to PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the issue of the unimplemented government decision to create an egalitarian pr...

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    Leaders of the North American Jewish community on Monday agreed to write a letter to PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the issu...

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  • Federations Expect Netanyahu to Deliver on Western Wall Deal

    Board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America votes to send a letter to Israeli prime minister underscoring the 'urgency' of creating an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    Board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America votes to send a letter to Israeli prime minister underscoring the 'urgency' of creating an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    Board of trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America votes to send a letter to Israeli prime minister underscoring the 'urgency' of creating an egalitarian prayer space at the West...

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  • PM asks Obama not to make any peace moves in final weeks

    Prime Minister Netanyahu said he hoped President Obama would not back any new U.N. initiatives on Palestinian-Israeli peace in the final weeks of his term. (Nov. 15, 2016)

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    Prime Minister Netanyahu said he hoped President Obama would not back any new U.N. initiatives on Palestinian-Israeli peace in the final weeks of his term. (Nov. 15, 2016)

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    Prime Minister Netanyahu said he hoped President Obama would not back any new U.N. initiatives on Palestinian-Israeli peace in the final weeks of his term. (Nov. 15, 2016)

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  • PM asks Obama not to back any new peace moves as term ends

    “I very much hope President Obama will continue the policy he enunciated,” PM Netanyahu said Tuesday in a video address ending the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, which was held in Washington, D.C this year. (Nov. 16, 2016)

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    “I very much hope President Obama will continue the policy he enunciated,” PM Netanyahu said Tuesday in a video address ending the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, which was held in Washington, D.C this year. (Nov. 16, 2016)

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    “I very much hope President Obama will continue the policy he enunciated,” PM Netanyahu said Tuesday in a video address ending the annual Jewish Federations of North America General As...

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    “I very much hope President Obama will continue the policy he enunciated,” PM Netanyahu said Tuesday in a video ad...

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  • Bibi says ‘quiet diplomacy’ needed to resolve Kotel issue

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America held in Washington, D.C. Tuesday that “quiet diplomacy between Jews” is what’s needed to resolve the Western Wall issue. (Nov. 15, 2016)

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America held in Washington, D.C. Tuesday that “quiet diplomacy between Jews” is what’s needed to resolve the Western Wall issue. (Nov. 15, 2016)

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America held in Washington, D.C. Tuesday that “quiet diplomacy between Jews...

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  • Rabbi Sacks' message resonates with Hoffman, Gross, Libman

    For Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Gary L. Gross, the board chair of the Federation, the takeaways from Day One of the 2016 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly were about the same. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    For Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Gary L. Gross, the board chair of the Federation, the takeaways from Day One of the 2016 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly were about the same. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    For Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Gary L. Gross, the board chair of the Federation, the takeaways from Day One of the 2016 Jewish Federations of ...

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    For Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Gary L. Gross, the board chair of the Fed...

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  • Interfaith Now Seen as Mainstream

    History was made last week in Philadelphia in the controversial area of Jewish intermarriage. At the National Museum of American Jewish History, representatives of prominent organizations discussed the results of their latest studies on the topic – but the historical aspect was not what the experts said, but who was listening. (Nov. 1, 2016)

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    History was made last week in Philadelphia in the controversial area of Jewish intermarriage. At the National Museum of American Jewish History, representatives of prominent organizations discussed the results of their latest studies on the topic – but the historical aspect was not wha...

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    History was made last week in Philadelphia in the controversial area of Jewish intermarriage. At the National Museum of American Jewish History, representatives of prominent organizations ...

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    History was made last week in Philadelphia in the controversial area of Jewish intermarriage. At the National Museum o...

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  • RBG: post-election, 'perhaps Congress will do some work'

    As a moderator introduced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on Monday for her first post-election speaking engagement, he said something that caused the sympathetic audience to whoop and holler. "May you live a thousand years!" (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    As a moderator introduced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on Monday for her first post-election speaking engagement, he said something that caused the sympathetic audience to whoop and holler. "May you live a thousand years!" (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    As a moderator introduced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on Monday for her first post-election speaking engagement, he said something that caused the sympathetic audience to who...

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  • Bibi will work with Trump on 'peace and security'

    PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he is looking forward to working with the President-elect on many issues in the region. “I look forward to working with President-elect Trump to further the twin interests of peace and security,” he said. “I, for one, find great encouragement in the fact that there’s this continuity of friendship.” (Nov. 15, 2016)

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    PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he is looking forward to working with the President-elect on many issues in the region. “I look forward to working with President-elect Trump to further the twin interests of peace and security,” he said. “I, for one, find great encouragement in the fact ...

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    PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he is looking forward to working with the President-elect on many issues in the region. “I look forward to working with President-elect Trump to further the tw...

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    PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he is looking forward to working with the President-elect on many issues in the region. “...

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  • Pittsburgh shows its pride at the JFNA GA

    It was hard to miss the Pittsburgh contingent at the JFNA General Assembly Sunday night, waving their Terrible Towels and cheering with robust hometown enthusiasm as the chairs of the 2016 conclave, Cindy and David Shapira, took the podium at the opening plenary session. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    It was hard to miss the Pittsburgh contingent at the JFNA General Assembly Sunday night, waving their Terrible Towels and cheering with robust hometown enthusiasm as the chairs of the 2016 conclave, Cindy and David Shapira, took the podium at the opening plenary session. (Nov. 14, 2016)

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    It was hard to miss the Pittsburgh contingent at the JFNA General Assembly Sunday night, waving their Terrible Towels and cheering with robust hometown enthusiasm as the chairs of the 2016...

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