Federation Impact

After George Floyd, Jewish Institutions Consider Own Shortcomings on Race

When the protests over the police killing of George Floyd spread throughout the United States this spring, the moment served as a wakeup call not just for the country but for American Jews. Very quickly, leading Jewish institutions realized that the issue of racial justice wasn’t just…

Fed Impact: Holocaust Education

Only one-third of states have laws mandating Holocaust education. This year, in partnership with Hadassah,Federations across North America advocated on behalf of the Never Again Education Act. In May 2020, it was signed into law. The legislation will provide funding to enhance educational …

Summer 5780 Design Sprint: A Prototype for Jewish Nonprofit Innovation

Rabbi Paul Kipnes was thinking about summer. With his team, the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA, had a germ of an idea about a program for older high school students and college students whose camp counselor jobs and internships had evaporated. But summer was fast ap…

Services Help Older Jews Master Technology and Stay Connected in Isolation

Until April, Gail Lipsitz had never heard of the popular videoconferencing platform Zoom. “All of a sudden, everyone was talking about and using Zoom. I had no idea how to get it and use it,” the 74-year-old Baltimore resident said. Thanks to tutoring provided over the phone by Melanie…

Statements on the Death of George Floyd

The Jewish Federations of North America is outraged and sickened by the violence of the Minneapolis police officers that led to the death of George Floyd. We share in the heartbreak, pain and sorrow provoked by his loss and the loss of many others through sordid acts of hate and bigotry. May…