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The situation in Ukraine continues spiraling out of control. Amid the tension, JUF is helping Ukraine’s 300,000-350,000 Jews with basic humanitarian and security needs.
The agencies JUF has partnered with in Ukraine for more than two decades are deploying emergency mobile units to deliver urgently needed food and medical supplies, providing caretakers to spend the night with frail seniors in need, upgrading security at Jewish institutions, and handling a dramatic increase in requests for information about aliyah to Israel.
The infrastructure JUF and the agencies have built over the years -- the direct result of ongoing support from JUF's Annual Campaign and the Federation system -- is what makes the current emergency response possible. In addtiion to considerable support they provide each year to those agencies for their work in Ukraine, JUF and the Federation system now are sending increased funding to respond to the needs heightend by the crisis.
JUF remains in constant touch with those agencies to assess and respond to how the latest developments are impacting the Jewish community. For those wishing to support JUF’s work for Jews in Ukraine and around the world, consider an increased 2014 Annual Campaign gift.
The bill designates Israel as a “major strategic partner” of the U.S., expands America’s weapons stockpiles in Israel in case of crisis, and further develops economic cooperation in defense, intelligence, security, energy, science and trade. The final bill included the Israel QME Enhancement Act, which passed the house 399-0 and was led by Rep. Brad Schneider.
The legislation now heads to the Senate, where it has 55 co-sponsors, including Sen. Mark Kirk. Sen. Dick Durbin also recently announced his commitment to signing onto the bill.
Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, regional director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Illinois, died in Chicago Tuesday at 59, following a routine surgical procedure. He was Chabad's head shliach (emissary) in Illinois and served as president of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, senior Rabbi at Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook, and as an international leader of Chabad's network of emissaries.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois, 2833 W. Howard St., Chicago 60645, or at www.chabadillinois.com.
ELI Talks: Chicago, an exclusive production of “Jewish TED Talks,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27. ELI Talks are compelling live presentations that explore inspired Jewish ideas about religious engagement (E), Jewish literacy (L) and identity (I).
Speakers include Aliza Kline, discussing "Wisdom 1.0;" Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, "Divine Love: How Parents Can Help Us Rethink Judaism;" Dr. Hal Lewis, "It Ain’t the Heat, It’s the Humility: Jewish Leadership for the 21st Century;" Rabbi Dan Bronstein, "Taking Jewish Humor Seriously;" and Rabbi Shai Held, "Compassion and the Heart of Jewish Spirituality."
A reception will take place prior to the talks, which will be recorded at WTTW Chicago, 5400 N. St. Louis Ave. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is very limited; reserve your spot in the live audience.
Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice. In the event that registration fills, additional opportunities will be made available to enjoy the ELI Talks content. For more on ELI Talks and to watch past presentations, visit the ELI Talks website.
Members of TeamJUF get to run the marathon while making a difference in Chicago and world, by raising money in support of the 2014 JUF Annual Campaign. In addition, team members receive discounted and fully supported marathon training with the Chicago Area Runners Association, plus help with fundraising, and get to participate in various team social events, including a kickoff, fun runs and a pre-race day pasta dinner.
Early bird registration is now open for Camp TOV, JUF’s teen volunteering summer program.
Camp TOV is a week-long, hands-on volunteer experience for teens entering 7th through 10th grade. Each day, campers learn about a different key issue facing society, such as poverty, hunger, environmental projection, care of the elderly and more, with emphasis on the Jewish values of tikkun olam and gemilut chasadim.
“What we all want fervently is peace. Not a piece [of] paper,” was part of the message Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu imparted to President Obama at an in-person meeting between the two on Monday.
This week, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a partner agency of the JUF, along with other Jewish organizations, welcomed a California appellate court’s upholding of the conviction of 10 students who repeatedly interrupted and heckled then-Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren during a speech at the University of California at Irvine in February 2010.
Nearly half a million haredi Jews in Israel staged a public rally in Jerusalem this weekend to protest a bill that would force their enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces.
Promoter Shuki Weiss continues to bring big-name, mainstream talent to perform in Israel in spite of the increase in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions calls. This summer, Neil Young, The Pixies, Soundgarden and Cirque du Soleil already have signed to perform in Tel Aviv.
“Jewish Learning Never Stops,” the new episode of the public-affairs program “Sanctuary” focusing on Jewish adult education, is now available to watch online.
Spring into social action with TOV’s Spring Mitzvah Mania. Volunteer opportunities are available in the city and suburbs starting March 25. Explore the projects and sign up now.
And in the latest JUF News blog posts:
A year ago, Chris Lupella's daughter had a stillbirth. Now, she's found the resources and the words to talk about it.
Tzivi reviews Bethlehem, Israel's submission to this year's Academy Awards.
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