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In this Issue:

• JUF funds vital services in Ukraine as conflict escalates

• House passes US-Israel strategic partnership bill

• Chabad Illinois Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz dies

• Join 'ELI Talks' in Chicago March 27

• Join TeamJUF for the 2014 Chicago Marathon

• Teens can make a difference this summer with Camp TOV

• Spring into social action with Mitzvah Mania

• From JUFNews.org and around the web


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JUF funds vital services in Ukraine as conflict escalates

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.

House passes US-Israel strategic partnership bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act on Wednesday by the overwhelming margin of 410-1, including full support from the entire Illinois delegation.

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.

Chabad Illinois Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz dies

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.

Photo from chabadillinois.org

Join 'ELI Talks' in Chicago March 27

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.

Join TeamJUF for the 2014 Chicago Marathon

On March 19, for the first time, registration for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be decided by lottery. Runners joining TeamJUF, however, are guaranteed entry, plus free marathon registration.

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.

Get more information about TeamJUF here, or register now.

Teens can make a difference this summer with Camp TOV

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.

Two sessions of Camp TOV are being offered: Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15. Early bird registration is available at a discount and continues through April 30. Get more information about Camp TOV, or sign up today.

Spring into social action with Mitzvah Mania

Those looking to do some spring cleaning of Chicago and the world need look no further than JUF's Tikkun Olam Volunteer Network's Spring Mitzvah Mania.

Spring projects begin March 25 with volunteer opportunities at Bernie's Book Bank, Greater Chicago Food Depository, JUF's Uptown Cafe and more, and continue through May 18. Get more information on the different opportunities and sign up here.

From JUFNews.org and around the web

“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.

Israel intercepted an Iranian ship on Wednesday carrying dozens of advanced rockets destined for Gaza. The U.S. will continue negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program despite the seizure.

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.

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.

Cindy Sher has had it with winter, so she's sticking to her couch until further notice.

Israel Education Center/Hillel Israel intern Jessi Barnes reflects on her Birthright Israel experience and asks fellow DePaul students why they went and what they took away from their trip.

Continuing their blog series, CJE SeniorLife provides some tips on how to make a financial plan when a parent moves into your home.

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