From: Desk of Jerry Silverman <deskofjbs@JewishFederations.
Date: July 27, 2012 12:37:46 PM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: URGENT!Dear Federation Executives,This morning we learned about a misleading piece in the Jewish Press.
news/jewish-news/us-jewish- federations-to-drop-zionism- from-their-global-plans/2012/ 07/27/
Kathy Manning and I shared a statement with the Jewish Press which is included in the broader statement below. We encourage you to share this statement.
On July 27, 2012, Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote accusing the Jewish Federations of North America of moving away from its support of Israel and Zionism. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ongoing support of Israel is fundamental to Federations and to JFNA. Our system sends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to Israel to support the vulnerable, to assist in education programs, to help new immigrants, to assist in job and skills development, and to provide concrete expressions of solidarity during Israel's darkest hours. We connect American Jews to Israel and Israelis by supporting birthright and other youth and young adult programs, community and national missions to Israel, and innovative partnerships between our communities and Israeli communities. We are proud to be holding our 2013 General Assembly in Israel, where we will have an opportunity to highlight the important work we do with our partners in Israel.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call me.