I agree with previous comment. We've given to the Jewish Federation for year (monthly deductions from husband's paycheck) and I no longer feel, as we get older and the Jewish communites here start to crumble that Jewish Federation helps US. We always get notices about how the Jewish Federation sponsors an Israeli to come to America, or how it sponsors teen and young adults to take vacations to Israel but when asked about programs for the 50+ there aren't but a few. Also, how much is J.F. money going to ultra orthodox or other religious organizations that undermine equility and pluralism in Israel? Here in the US midwest, I discovered yet another large shul will be merging with another shul. Blame the economy, but it isn't popular to be Jewish and just to be saying that rah, 'we have Israel' does feel as great as it once did. BTW, I am a REFORM convert.
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