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The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) annual General Assembly (GA) will take place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 8-10, 2015.

The Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) annual General Assembly (GA) will take place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 8-10, 2015. The GA is the premier leadership retreat for Jewish Federation volunteer leaders and professionals from across North America and around the world.
 
Although the GA is a three-day conference, there is a one-day option as well. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has chartered a bus for anyone wanting to attend the GA on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The round-trip bus will depart from Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley at a cost of $50 per person (one-day registration fee is $189). Participants can cap off the day with a special gathering hosted by Jewish Federation leadership. You can reserve your place at jewishphilly.org/GA.
 
The GA is an opportunity to hear from speakers including the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu; chief political correspondent for CNN, Dana Bash; former Congressman and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Barney Frank; founding editor of the Times of Israel, David Horovitz; and actress Debra Messing.
 
Mindy Fortin, a first-time attendee, is looking forward to “being part of the national conversation.” As someone who has been in an interfaith marriage for almost three decades, Mindy believes that “it is important for Jewish organizations like JFNA to see that Jews who are in interfaith relationships can be deeply committed to the future of the Jewish people.”
 
According to Mitch Sterling, Philadelphia Recruitment Co-chair, “The GA is an exciting opportunity for the Philadelphia Jewish community to share its philanthropic insights and experiences with communities across the country, and hopefully, bring some new ideas back home.”
 
Long-time GA attendee and Philadelphia Recruitment Co-chair Jim Rosenstein adds, “In my experience anyone who is concerned with any aspect of the work being done by our Jewish Federation or its agencies here or abroad is sure to leave the GA with useful ideas about how to improve it.”
 
The GA also enables individual communities to showcase successful programs they developed in front of a global audience. This year, the Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE) group, represented by past president and founding member Bill Glazer, will participate in one of the largest break-out sessions, focused on corporate sponsorship. In less than five years, JFRE has built up enormous prestige in our community as a result of its success in growing their corporate sponsorship program. In the past year for example, JFRE raised $280,000 from 59 companies for, and had 400 attendees at, its annual Legends and Leaders event.
 
For more information on speakers and a program schedule, visit generalassembly.org.

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