Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder called on the Claims Conference to be reviewed by an independent committee following the disclosure of a missed opportunity to detect a massive fraud scheme.
The Jewish Agency is preparing to end mass aliyah from Ethiopia with two final flights consisting of 400 immigrants on Aug. 28.
The Russian-born Israeli Natan Sharansky, 65, a former member of the Knesset and now chair of the Jewish Agency, visited Los Angeles last week, hosted jointly by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills.
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky was given a green light by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue his plan for a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.
Natan Sharansky's plan to expand the non-Orthodox prayer site at the Western Wall could be set in motion in as little as one month, the Jewish Agency for Israel chairman said in an interview Thursday in his Jerusalem office.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked the Jewish Agency to come up with a solution for non-Orthodox women's groups that want to pray at the Western Wall.
A delegation of Israeli volunteers is on its way to the New York area to assist the Jewish community in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
A Jewish Agency committee has adopted a resolution calling for a "satisfactory approach" to prayer at the Western Wall.
The Jewish Agency is opening an inquiry into its Oranim program after an American participant gunned down a hotel employee in Eilat.
A charter aliyah flight carrying 127 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces landed in Israel.
Raising a child with developmental disabilities has often been compared to an “unplanned journey,” taking you to places you never imagined you would go. After our son, Danny, was diagnosed with global developmental delays at the age of 13 months, I found myself learning a whole new vocabulary, meeting with many medical professionals and special-education teachers and aides.
The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for the Victims of Terror will provide financial assistance to Israelis wounded in the attack in Bulgaria and to the families of those killed. The assistance, made possible by a contribution from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), is meant to help those affected by the attack address supplemental needs not covered by Israeli government bodies. Any family that experienced the loss or injury of a loved one in the attack may request assistance from the fund.
Some 5,000 French Jews participated in an aliyah fair in Paris.
The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis.
Intense debate erupted at a Jewish Agency meeting over a group of Russian Jews who want to emigrate to Israel.
The Jewish Agency for Israel opened its Board of Governors meeting in Buenos Aires, marking the first time in 15 years that the meeting has been held outside Israel.
After a decades-long partnership that saw the Jewish Agency for Israel serve as the official, exclusive Zionist arm of North America’s Jewish community federations, the federation system is getting ready to date other partners.
The Jewish Agency for Israel will now approve Orthodox converts' eligibility for aliyah. Israel's Interior Ministry announced the change in a letter to the Knesset on Tuesday.
The Jewish Agency for Israel will close for two weeks over the summer and deduct several days' pay from employees' paychecks in a bid to close a budget gap of some $3.5 million.
James Tisch, who has held several key positions in the Jewish world, has been elected as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel's board of governors. Tisch, 58, the president and CEO of the Loews Corp., was elected Tuesday during the board's meeting in Jerusalem to succeed Richard Pearlstone, who has served in the post since 2007.
Twenty Jews from Tunisia have come to Israel amid the political upheaval and violence in the African nation. Ten of the Tunisian Jews who came to Israel this week are members of one extended family and have officially made aliyah, according to a Jewish Agency spokesman. Another 10 are young people who have arrived to participate in an Israel experience program; it is not clear if they are planning to make Israel their permanent home. Several hundred of the 1,500 Jews living in Tunisia also are considering making aliyah to escape the current political situation in the country, according to reports. About 1,100 Tunisian Jews live in Djerba, with the rest in the capital city of Tunis.
More than 335 immigrants from Ethiopia arrived in Israel on a special Jewish Agency charter flight. The Falash Mura, Ethiopians who claim family links to descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity generations ago, arrived Monday and Tuesday on Ethiopian Air Lines charter flights. They are the first Ethiopian immigrants to arrive in Israel since November because of an aviation dispute between Israel and Ethiopia. Israel's Cabinet in November approved a plan to bring about 8,000 more Ethiopians to Israel over the next four years.
As expected, the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel approved a plan to overhaul the agency’s focus.
It calls on the government to establish Jewish religious courts that "will base themselves on appropriate moderate and tolerant prior halachic decisions to allow the conversion process to move forward.
Founded with the express purpose of "ingathering of the exiles" -- but with no more large groups of Jews to save -- Israel is facing the end of the era of mass aliyah.
Wanted: Administrator to lead one of the largest Jewish agencies in Los Angeles. Must be able to handle national crises, raise vast sums of money and please people aged 3-103, from Conejo Valley to Venice Beach.
Staff and lay leaders for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles say they were taken by surprise March 14 when executive vice president Jeffrey L. Rouss handed in his resignation. Rouss, 52, has a 20-year history with the organization, working his way up from director of teen services at the North Valley Jewish Community Center. He will leave his current post as overseer of the L.A.-area's seven JCCs in late April to become head of development for the western regional fundraising arm of the American Friends of Hebrew University.
I was fortunate to be among a small group of United Jewish Fund (UJF) campaign leaders who visited St. Petersburg, Russia and Vilnius, Lithuania to witness the work that is being done in both communities by the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).