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In this Issue:

• Skip the Chicago Marathon lottery: Join TeamJUF

• Congress seeks cooperation with president on Iran negotiations

• Cruise line halts Tunisia stops after Israelis denied entry

• Five JUF teen programs now recruiting

• Summer camp counselors needed - in Israel

• Celebrate spring break with Mitzvah Mania

• From JUFNews.org and around the web


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Skip the Chicago Marathon lottery: Join TeamJUF

Registration for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon opens Wednesday, and for the first time runners will be accepted through a lottery system. Runners joining TeamJUF, however, are guaranteed entry, plus free marathon registration.

Members of TeamJUF run the marathon while making a difference in Chicago and the 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.

Congress seeks cooperation with president on Iran negotiations

Two bipartisan letters addressed to President Obama are being circulated in the House and Senate to create support for a successful conclusion to the nuclear Iran issue.

The Senate letter, authored by six senators including Illinois' Mark Kirk, calls on the president to work with Congress in preventing Iran from becoming nuclear-weapons capable. The letter describes the importance of cooperation between Congress and the White House, in particular if an acceptable deal requires sanctions relief or if a breakdown in talks requires additional sanctions legislation.

The letter lists six core principles that must be part of any final negotiation, including: Iran does not have an inherent right to enrichment; any agreement must dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons program; the Fordow and Arak facilities must be dismantled; Iran must answer questions related to the U.N. Security Council resolutions; Iran must submit to a long-term and intrusive inspection and verification regime to reaffirm that it will never seek or develop any nuclear weapons; and Iran must not be allowed to circumvent sanctions during these negotiations.

So far, there are 64 Senate co-sponsors, including Dick Durbin, while the House letter has 281 signatories,including 13 members of the Illinois delegation.

Cruise line halts Tunisia stops after Israelis denied entry

Several Israeli nationals aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship were denied entry to Tunisia on Sunday when the ship made a call at the country’s port in La Goulette. The cruise line said it was uninformed of a new policy in place and has canceled all further stops in the country until the issue is resolved.

Chicago’s Jewish Community Relations Council applauded the cruise line's decision to oppose the discriminatory policy.

Tunisian Minister of Tourism Amel Karboul told JTA this week that the policy requiring visitors to have pre-arranged visas from countries that do not have a waiver agreement with Tunisia, including Israel, Egypt and Brazil, has always been in place. She encouraged Jewish tourists to feel comfortable visiting and to join them for the country’s annual Lag b’Omer festival in May.

Five JUF teen programs now recruiting

Registration is open for five JUF teen programs focused on volunteering, leadership, gender, philanthropy, Israel and more.

Camp TOV and Mini Camp TOV are summer volunteer camps on wheels that last either one week or two days, respectively, for teens of all ages, starting in 7th grade. Diller Teen Fellows is a 15-month fellowship for 20 high school sophomores and juniors interested in exploring topics in leadership, social justice, Jewish identity, and Israel. The Research Training Internship is a 14-month program in which high-school-age girls receive a stipend to design and conduct an original research project about their peers, experiences and communities. Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation is a year-long program for high school students interested in learning about philanthropy and running a foundation. Write On for Israel is a two-year program, starting  junior year of high school, that focuses on Israel education and advocacy.

Applications for Diller Teen Fellows and Write On for Israel are due April 1. Applications for RTI and Voices will be accepted on a rolling basis through the end of May. Registration for Camp TOV and Mini Camp TOV is now open and an early bird discount is available until April 30.

Summer camp counselors needed - in Israel

College students without summer plans who are from or attend school in Chicago can spend their summer as a camp counselor in Israel.

Kefiada is an English-speaking summer camp located in JUF’s Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir. It is run in the style of a typical American day camp, with theme days, color wars and daily swimming. There also is an observant Kefiada camp (separate groups for boys and girls) in Shafir.

The program runs from June 23 to July 22. It is a volunteer position, with all counselors receiving a $1,200 flight stipend and free room and board with host families in the region. For more information or to request an application, email partnership@juf.org

Celebrate spring break with Mitzvah Mania

Spring into social action with JUF's Tikkun Olam Volunteer Network's Spring Mitzvah Mania.

Projects begin March 25 with volunteer opportunities at Bernie's Book Bank, Greater Chicago Food Depository, the JUF 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

In a JTA op-ed, Jewish leaders call for a greater, proactive community response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, focused on eliminating ignorance and promoting a factual perspective on Israel.  Meanwhile, a Modern Language Association resolution criticizing Israel has been approved for a full membership vote to determine whether it will become policy.

Palestinian terrorists fired an hours-long barrage of 60 rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip Wednesday, prompting Israel to bomb 29 targets, its largest military response to rocket fire since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. Another 17 rockets were fired Thursday, according to the IDF.

David Cameron offered strong words of support to Israel on his first visit to the country as British prime minister. "With me, you have a British prime minister whose belief in Israel is unbreakable and whose commitment to Israel's security will always be rock solid," he said.

Susan L. Abrams has been named the new chief of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. Abrams has served as JCC Chicago’s chief operating officer since 2011. She replaces Rick Hirschhaut, who stepped down at the end of January. Meanwhile, Sinai Health System President and CEO Alan Channing has announced he will retire effective July 1.

America has its first official Jewish “Bachelorette.” Andi Dorfman, 26, an assistant district attorney from Atlanta, Ga., will star on the upcoming season of the hit ABC reality series.

They’ve got their knippers, schneiders, schnorers and, of course, a full-time kvetcher. In Portland, Ore., hamentashen making is big business, the Wall Street Journal reports, and they take it very seriously.

And in the latest JUF News blog posts:

Hamas seizes Apollo, Sruli returns, and an Orthodox man gets a Buckingham Palace guard to crack in this month’s askew news with Joel Schatz.

President Obama quoted Rabbi Hillel recently and JCRC's Steve Dishler wonders whether the president will pose the same centuries-old question  to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas regarding peace when the two meet at the White House next week: "if not now, when?"

Marc Bermann, foster parent recruiter for Jewish Child & Family Services, explains the crucial importance of foster parents in the lives of children in foster care.

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