Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans' Amended Statement on the Iran Agreement

On July 14, 2015, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans released the following statement on the announcement of an agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Russia (P5 + 1) and Iran on Iran’s ongoing nuclear program:

 
“The threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is a matter of the gravest concern and utmost urgency to the world. With the completion of the accord between the P5 + 1 countries and Iran, the Federation believes it is critical that the world stay focused on the ultimate goal: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. As is, under the current agreement, Iran’s nuclear program is simply frozen and does not eliminate its future capability to create a nuclear weapon.
 
The Jewish Federation recognizes the hard work that President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and Under Secretary of State Sherman have put into crafting this agreement. At the same time, we have cause for ongoing concern. Iran has continually violated the human rights of its people, funded terrorist organizations, threatened annihilation of Israel, worked to destabilize neighboring countries in the region, supported Holocaust denial, and created a covert nuclear weapons program. It is not a country that has earned our trust. Consequently, we welcome debate on the merits of the agreement and close scrutiny by Congress. The sixty-day Congressional review window opens a critical period to examine the agreement and ensure that it has the rigorous inspection and compliance components that are necessary.
 
The United States, the European Union, the United Nations – particularly the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – and the broader community of nations must each work to provide the necessary resources, structures, and capabilities that are required to ensure Iran’s full compliance with an agreement. The diplomatic and economic pressures applied by these bodies in coalition were successful in bringing Iran to the table to negotiate. The same concerted effort must be used to ensure that Iran will never be allowed to possess nuclear weapons—Iran’s continuous threats to Israel and other nations will not be tolerated, and diplomatic measures must be vigilantly applied to assure the safety of our world’s citizenry.”
 
On August 26, 2015, the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Board of Trustees met and passed the following resolution as an addendum to the first statement, and will send this message accordingly to our elected representatives and senators in the United States Congress:
 
“With the passage of time, due consideration and reflection of the public debate, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans now declares its opposition to the Agreement.”

 

Ten Years Later

It’s been ten years since Katrina brought the worst disaster America has known to New Orleans. Katrina and the collapse of the levees, coupled with mismanagement at all levels of government, devastated the Crescent City. The Jewish community, like the rest of the city, was heavily damaged and families, homes, businesses, communal institutions and synagogues were greatly impacted.
 

Today in 2015 the Jewish community is strong, robust, growing, rejuvenating and thriving in ways that many would have deemed impossible at the time. The rebuilding was so successful, both because of the resilience and ingenuity of the local Jewish community, and because of the outpouring of support, encouragement, volunteers and funding from Jews around the world.


There were many heroes ten years ago and many more since, over the past decade. Their stories and contributions are remarkable. We hope you'll take the opportunity to download and read their memories. Click here to download Ten Years Later.

Federation launches 2016 Allocations Process for Beneficiary Agencies

All organizations are invited to submit applications to receive funding as a Beneficiary Agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. A percentage of the Federation annual campaign funds are designated for this purpose and all Jewish agencies and organizations are invited to apply. When considering allocation requests, the Allocations Committee will take into account the impact the particular organization has on the local Jewish community, the need for funding and projected local benefit.

 
Please note that preference will be made for local organizations. Synagogues and other places of worship are not eligible to apply. More information about applying for Beneficiary Agency funding, including eligibility requirements, criteria for funding and access to the Beneficiary Agency Application Questionnaire is available here.
 
The Allocations Committee will accept electronic and/or paper applications until Monday, October 19, 2015.

Questions? Please contact Allison Kushner at allison@jewishnola.com or at 504-780-5688.

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