What is the General Assembly?
The General Assembly (GA) is the premier annual North American Jewish conference, attracting key Federation lay leaders, donors and professionals, as well as the leadership of JFNA's partner organizations and other important national Jewish organizations. Thousands of Jewish leaders from throughout the world are expected to attend.
The GA plenaries, forums and workshops feature top speakers from the political, business and non-profit realms.
The Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations and serves as the umbrella organization linking 400 non-Federated communities, the Network of Independent Communities.
The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).
Why is the GA in Baltimore?
JFNA chose Baltimore to host the 2012 GA based on many factors including convenience of location. Most importantly, they look for a committed and strong community that demonstrates its commitment to the issues affecting the global Jewish population and a willingness to be a welcoming community for the guests at the GA. The General Assembly was last held in Baltimore in 1991.
How can I get involved?
As the host community, Baltimoreans will play a very special role in helping make the General Assembly a showcase event. More than 500 volunteers are needed throughout the conference to serve in such roles as greeters, at registration, and in assisting in the community event. Volunteer shifts and roles are still being identified and a link will be available shortly to register online.
For more information about the GA and how to become a volunteer, contact Michelle Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-369-9307.