June 23, 2011
Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership Chair Convicted of Fraud
Nathan Wolloch, deputy mayor of Tel Aviv and longtime chair of the Los Angeles-Tel Aviv partnership, was convicted last year of fraud and breach of trust, and this week a Tel Aviv court found the offenses were tainted with moral turpitude and corruption.
Wolloch was forced to step down from his position as deputy mayor.
Wolloch has been involved in the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles partnership since its founding. The Partnership, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the municipality of Tel Aviv, was the first and largest twinning of Partnership 2000, a Jewish Agency initiative meant to build bridges between Israel and the Diaspora.
The Los Angeles-Tel Aviv partnership brings together residents of the two cities in collaborative efforts. Nearly 40 middle and high schools in the two cities are partnered through a twinning program that includes joint classes by video, common projects and exchanges of delegations. A master class in film brings together filmmakers from Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. Other programs involving the fine arts, social services, and the financial industry are currently on hold as Federation reassesses the program.
Wolloch was charged with fraudulently helping the Moldovan mistress of Tel Aviv businessman obtain a visa.