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  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • Israel rescues Ukrainian Jews stranded by fighting

    May 27, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    Israel's Jewish Agency came to the rescue of two Jewish Ukranian families after rebels seized control of Donetsk airport as they were waiting to emigrate to Israel, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.

    The two families, numbering six people, were stranded at the airport when it...

  • Sharansky, Lauder call for Claims Conference reform

    July 10, 2013 | 9:23 am

    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.

    Sharansky and Lauder released a...

  • Ethiopian aliyah to end Aug. 28, Jewish Agency says

    June 25, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The Jewish Agency is preparing to end mass aliyah from Ethiopia with two final flights consisting of 400 immigrants on Aug. 28.

    The Jewish Agency emissary to Ethiopia, Asher Seyum, made the announcement in a brief letter, saying the Jewish Agency will hand over its aid compounds...

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  • Q&A with Natan Sharansky

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 4, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    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. A refusenik who spent years...

  • Sharansky gets green light to pursue Western Wall prayer plan

    April 22, 2013 | 11:33 am

    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.

    Netanyahu told Sharansky to continue reviewing the situation with Zvi Hauser, the director...

  • Dedication of new Kotel site may happen within one month

    April 11, 2013 | 9:49 am

    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.

    Sharansky, who was charged last year with finding a...

  • Western wall compromise raises hopes, but still faces obstacles

    April 10, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Natan Sharansky presented what could be a historic proposal to add a space for egalitarian prayer to the Western Wall on Tuesday.

    Israeli religious pluralism activists, however, fear that the proposal will take years to implement and could face roadblocks that prevent it from...

  • Anat Hoffman Might Be on the Verge of Becoming a Jewish Hero

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 7, 2013 | 8:24 am

    There comes a time in any successful movement for change or reform for cashing in, and it is often a time of crisis. Getting so close to achieving a goal, one has to struggle with two challenges: the temptation to overreach- and pass on a deal that might be the best realistic one –...

  • Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency to look into women’s prayer at Western Wall

    December 26, 2012 | 9:13 am

    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.

    Netanyahu asked the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, to examine the issue, the...

  • Israeli volunteers head to N.Y. to help in Sandy relief efforts

    November 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    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.

    The volunteers, young adult Russian speakers, will be in New York for 10 days to assist the Jewish community, with a focus on Russian speakers,...

  • Jewish Agency committee calls for new approach to Western Wall prayer

    October 30, 2012 | 9:47 am

    A Jewish Agency committee has adopted a resolution calling for a "satisfactory approach" to prayer at the Western Wall.

    The resolution passed Tuesday during the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meeting in Tel Aviv, reads in part: "Whereas Jewish women and men, of all...

  • Jewish agency launches inquiry into fatal hotel shooting

    October 5, 2012 | 9:41 am

    The Jewish Agency is opening an inquiry into its Oranim program after an American participant gunned down a hotel employee in Eilat.

    "In response to the tragic incident in Eilat, the Chairperson of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of life...

  • New emigres joining the military land in Israel

    August 14, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A charter aliyah flight carrying 127 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces landed in Israel.

    The special Nefesh B’Nefesh-Friends of the Israel Defense Forces flight, carrying a total of 350 new emigres to Israel, arrived early Tuesday morning in Israel.

    ...
  • From unplanned journey to special-needs mission to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 1, 2012 | 11:47 am

    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...

  • PRESS RELEASE: Jewish Federations, Jewish Agency to Provide Financial Assistance to Burgas Victims

    July 19, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    For Immediate Release:
    Contact Josh Berkman, Jewish Agency
    212-339-6068/joshuabe@jafi.org

    Jewish Federations, Jewish Agency to Provide Financial Assistance to Burgas Victims

    New York, NY; July 19, 2012—The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Fund for the Victims of Terror will provide...

  • ‘We are Israelis saying that we have come of age’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 6, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Arik Rosenblum, Managing Director of Takdim, the Ramat Hasharon Community Foundation, discusses the community-based organization’s philosophy, activities and place in the Jewish world.


    Starting with the basics: what is Takdim and what inspired you to launch the organization?

    ...
  • VIDEO / Israel and the Diaspora: Two sides of the same coin?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 27, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Yesterday, I hosted a panel on Israel and the Diaspora at the Jewish Agency Assembly in Jerusalem. Joining me were Ed Rettig, the director of the Israel/Middle East office at the American Jewish Committee; Solly Sacks, the director-general of the World Mizrahi Movement and member of...

  • Thousands of French Jews check out aliyah

    May 7, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Some 5,000 French Jews participated in an aliyah fair in Paris.

    The fair, organized and run by the Jewish Agency, took place Sunday as French voters went to the polls and elected Francois Hollande as their new president, beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, considered the favored...

  • New aid going to Greece’s Jewish community

    February 28, 2012 | 10:25 am

    The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis.

    The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel on Feb. 27 voted to grant about $1 million over two years to help Greece’s Jewish communal institutions continue...

  • Debate over aliyah erupts at Jewish Agency meeting

    November 18, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Intense debate erupted at a Jewish Agency meeting over a group of Russian Jews who want to emigrate to Israel.

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the chairman of the agency’s Aliya and Rescue Committee, said it was shameful that a $300 million organization had failed to bring 900 would-be...

  • Jewish Agency gathers in Buenos Aires

    November 14, 2011 | 10:43 am

    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.

    Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky on Sunday night in Buenos Aires addressed a regional conference countering...

  • Federation plan a blow to Jewish Agency for Israel

    November 8, 2011 | 1:38 pm

    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.

    But Jewish Agency officials say it feels more like...

  • Jewish Agency to approve Orthodox converts for aliyah

    June 15, 2011 | 10:45 am

    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.

    Previously the ministry, which approves candidates for aliyah under the Law of Return, relied on Israel’s...

  • Jewish Agency to close for two weeks to save money

    June 3, 2011 | 10:33 am

    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.

    The deal was worked out between the agency, which is one of the two main overseas conduits for money from...

  • James Tisch elected Jewish Agency board chair

    February 22, 2011 | 10:17 am

    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...

  • Tunisian Jews flee upheaval for Israel

    January 20, 2011 | 10:45 am

    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...

  • Ethiopian immigrants arrive in Israel

    January 18, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    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...

  • Jewish Agency makes it official: New focus is on identity building

    June 29, 2010 | 12:46 pm

    As expected, the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel approved a plan to overhaul the agency’s focus.

    The new strategic vision, which is outlined in an 11-page document, calls for turning the agency’s attention more squarely toward building global Jewish identity,...

  • Jewish Agency wants changes in Israel conversion policy

    November 20, 2008 | 3:19 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jewish Agency Assembly adopted resolutions calling on the Israeli government to establish an independent authority on Jewish conversions and special courts of Jewish law to "allow the conversion process to move forward."

    The twin resolutions were adopted by the...

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