On Sunday, close to 3,000 Jewish professionals and lay leaders will gather at the National Harbor on the Potomac River to discuss Jewish issues, to network with other active Jews and learn how to be more effective community leaders.
The three-day General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, billed as a retreat for those engaged in Jewish philanthropy, is a chance for the organized Jewish community to address some of the most important issues facing Jews in North America, in Israel and elsewhere around the world; recharge and go back to work with new ideas and support.
Federations have long been the central fundraising, allocation and planning agencies of local Jewish communities. The umbrella JFNA organization is the national voice of the federation system, and it has drawn a host of influential Americans and Israelis to address the GA, including Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan and Israeli Labor Party Chairman Isaac Herzog.
This year’s theme emphasizes the interconnectedness of the Jewish world, and the GA’s discussions will focus on such diverse subjects as Israel, Jewish education, Jewish life in Europe, making the Jewish community more inclusive for people with disabilities, preparing for the retirement of baby boomers, interfaith marriage, fundraising and getting young adults more actively involved in the Jewish community.
Our community is fortunate to have the GA close by for the second time in three years. The topics are timely, the speakers outstanding and the networking opportunities unparalleled. We encourage you to attend and participate in the GA and to support the vital work of our federation system.