Sunday, November 6, 2011

Worldwide Jews gather at the Jewish Federations General Assembly in Denver

The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) General Assembly, drawing some 4,000 people from around the world, will kick off in Denver, Colorado on Sunday.

Billed this year as “The Original Jewish Social Network,” the three day 2011 GA will include insightful presentations and engaging events highlighting the global impact of Jewish Federations, participants will debate a wide range of issues affecting the Jewish world, while officials meet on the sidelines to discuss how to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars raised over the past year.

“This 2011 GA offers a powerful opportunity for our community to connect around the critical challenges and opportunities of the day, and come away energized to do even more to help Jews in need, nourish Jewish identity and grow our community worldwide,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled his participation, after it was formally announced, due to schedule matters.

Among the headliners scheduled to appear in a special forum on Israel and the Middle East are Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro and former IDF and government spokesperson Col. (Res.) Miri Eisen.

Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) and MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) will be the highest-ranking Israeli politicians at the event, while Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will be the most senior US representative.

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