What Are They Really Saying?: A Spectrum of Jewish Organizational Voices on Israel/Palestine

Part III: Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund

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All adult JRC members are invited to join us for a conversation with Jay Tcath in this open, educational dialogue.

JUF, on behalf of the Chicago Jewish community, has many touch points with Israel. First and foremost, our goal is philanthropic: JUF is Illinois’ largest funder of international charitable projects, and the lion share of that philanthropy supports human services in Israel. JUF supports the travel to Israel of some 3,000 Chicagoans annually, and sparks and helps sustain meaningful person-to-person ties between Chicago Jews and Israelis. JUF also supports Israel-related education of all types, and is involved in various Israel advocacy issues. 

What, then, is the place of Israeli politics in JUF, especially given its aspirations to be a community-wide organization and primarily a charitable – not political – organization? What are the principles that inform when JUF does or does not get involved in “political issues?”  What are some specific examples of both? What are your thoughts on the appropriate political roles of a community-wide organization?

This facilitated discussion is the third of a series. Registration is required.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact JRC's Israel Programming Committee at [email protected]rc-evanston.org.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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