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  • In Rabbinate protest, Lookstein and Sharansky call for revisions, not revolution

    July 8, 2016 | 11:05 am

    Three months after Israel’s Chief Rabbinate rejected his authority to perform conversions, one of America’s most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis joined with Natan Sharansky to advance a message: The rabbinate needs to become more open. But not too much more.

    A widely respected...

  • Sharansky: Jews uncomfortable in France despite government efforts to protect them

    July 6, 2016 | 12:52 pm

    Revisiting what he defined as uncertainty over French Jewry’s future, Natan Sharansky said Jews are increasingly feeling uncomfortable in France despite the government’s best efforts to protect them.

    Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency for Israel, addressed the subject in a...

  • Sharansky: Arab, far-right anti-Semitism mean no future for Jews in France

    June 28, 2016 | 8:40 am

    Arab immigration to France and deep-seated anti-Semitism in that country mean its French Jews have no future there, the head of the Jewish Agency for Israel said.

    Natan Sharansky made this declaration on Monday in the French capital, where he was attending a Jewish Agency Board...

  • Sharansky’s campus tour with Michael Douglas, talking Israel, anti-Semitism and how to combat BDS

    By Jared Sichel

    February 9, 2016 | 10:26 am

    People in the audience at UC Santa Barbara’s Pollack Theater on the evening of Feb. 3 weren’t quite sure what to make of Michael Douglas clapping one hand against the other and then against his leg.

    Until he said in his trademark New York accent, “That’s the Cossacks.”

    He was...

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  • The Kotel compromise: A time for rejoicing

    February 3, 2016 | 3:52 pm

    The time for singing has come …

    It is a time for singing and rejoicing! 

    The historic vote by the Israeli Cabinet to create and fund an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, and the ongoing negotiations by the Reform movement in Israel and the United States are cause for...

  • Meeting of the minds at Limmud FSU event

    By Ryan Torok

    February 3, 2016 | 3:33 pm

    As a large crowd celebrated Havdalah by dancing around a fire pit in the courtyard of the Westin Pasadena hotel, Hollywood animator and director Saul Blinkoff said he was inspired by the diversity of attendees at the Jan. 29-31 Limmud FSU West Coast, a learning conference organized...

  • Sharansky applauds ‘One Kotel for One People’

    By Ryan Torok

    January 31, 2016 | 12:12 pm

    In the wake of the Israeli government’s historic announcement on Sunday, Jan. 31, that a new, expanded egalitarian prayer space would be opened up at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, spoke to the press from Pasadena.  The new...

  • Another way to think about BDS

    By David N. Myers

    October 14, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    Every week, a new message rolls in from a Jewish organization decrying Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as a grave danger to the survival of Israel and the Jews. I don’t know how to react. On one hand, I oppose the global BDS movement, which seeks to boycott and divest from...

  • Israeli ministry pursues World Jewry, despite shortfalls

    September 30, 2015 | 10:12 am

    With a budget reaching $300 million, it was conceived as a broad partnership between the Israeli government and leading Diaspora Jewish groups. Its goal: to create a stronger connection between global Jews and Israel.

    But nearly two years after its launch was announced with much...

  • For aliyah promoters, Ukraine’s troubles provide a boost

    September 1, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Until April of last year, Julia Podinovskaya felt like she had a pretty good handle on where her life was going.

    Born to a middle-class Jewish family in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Podinovskaya, who is in her 20s, was volunteering with the local Jewish community while...

  • Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran

    July 29, 2015 | 10:21 am

    These days, like many Israelis and American Jews, I find myself in a precarious and painful situation. Those of us who believe that the nuclear agreement just signed between world powers and Iran is dangerously misguided are now compelled to criticize Israel’s best friend and ally,...

  • Right, Left and Center Condemn the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 28, 2015 | 11:28 pm

    With more and more voices from the right, left and center decrying the deal with Iran, it is not surprising that a majority of American's in recent CNN poll are against the deal. The more you read the agreement, and study the issues, the more you cannot help but realize that this...

  • Would you stay in France?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 21, 2015 | 11:43 am

    In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

    The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some...

  • Actor, peace activist Michael Douglas awarded $1 million Genesis Prize

    January 15, 2015 | 9:36 am

    Actor and peace activist Michael Douglas is the recipient of the 2015 Genesis Prize.

    The decision was announced on Wednesday night by the Genesis Prize Foundation. The $ 1 million prize will be awarded by human rights activist and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and the...

  • Toronto federation gives $100,000 to family of synagogue attack victim

    January 6, 2015 | 10:37 am

    The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto raised more than $100,000 for the family of a victim of a terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.

    Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky presented a check for more than $100,000 to the family of Howie Chaim Rothman on Monday....

  • In Paris, Sharansky warns of ‘beginning of end’ for European Jewry

    July 8, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in the City of Light.

    But the Sharanskys didn’t follow the trail of countless couples who come here to kiss at the Eiffel Tower or slip so-called love locks on bridges over the River Seine. Theirs was...

  • Israel vows big investment in world Jewry project, though details remain fuzzy

    June 3, 2014 | 8:47 am

    Its leaders call it a “historic development,” a “paradigm shift” and a “change in the relationship” between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.

    But when it comes to the details of the Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jewry, key questions have yet to be answered —...

  • After Geneva, Iran’s nuclear deal remains a conundrum

    December 4, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Last month’s nuclear deal with Iran has set off a cacophony of pro and con acrimony pitting public officials, academic experts and pundits against one another.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the interim accord a “historic mistake.” The Wall Street Journal headlined...

  • Women on both sides of Kotel debate to share stage at JFNA GA

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 1, 2013 | 10:23 am

    When American Jewish leaders gather in Jerusalem for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly later this month, they’ll have the opportunity to hear from top Israeli political leaders on a variety of issues. They’ll also have the chance to witness the first...

  • Bennett urges patience on Western Wall plan

    August 30, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Israel’s minister of religious services, Naftali Bennett, acknowledged flaws in his plan for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

    “I know that the temporary platform is not perfect,” Bennett wrote in a letter reported by Haaretz Thursday. “But, in the spirit of Rosh Hashana, I...

  • 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...

  • Jews should get offended

    By David Suissa

    June 19, 2013 | 11:48 am

    If there’s one thing the Palestinians are great at, it’s saying no. For years now, many peace-loving Jewish heads have been bruised from banging against the brick wall of Palestinian rejectionism.

    Well, these Jews and others will now have another wall they can bang their heads...

  • L.A. rabbis urge calm at Kotel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 6, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Rabbi Laura Geller, a spiritual leader at the Reform Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills, knows firsthand about the restrictions on non-Orthodox Jewish women’s prayer at the Western Wall.

    In December 2012, as she was entering the women’s section, a security guard confiscated her tallit...

  • Respect, inclusion and tolerance at the Wall

    June 6, 2013 | 8:30 am

    “There are no villains in this story.”  Those were the calming words of Natan Sharansky, renowned human rights champion and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The story was of in-fighting that has erupted among Jews at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. ...

  • 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...

  • North American federations back Sharansky’s Kotel compromise

    June 3, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    The Jewish Federations of North America’s board of trustees passed a resolution supporting Natan Sharansky’s proposed compromise on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

    Monday’s resolution, according to a JFNA statement, says the compromise “develops a pathway whereby the...

  • Charedi Orthodox youth mob Western Wall in protest of women’s prayer service

    May 10, 2013 | 7:13 am

    Haredi Orthodox youth mobbed the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as they held their monthly prayer service.

    The youth, many of them students from haredi Orthodox yeshivot, had filled the Western Wall Plaza by 6:40 a.m. on Friday, 20 minutes before...

  • Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

    April 30, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

    After Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of...

  • April 26, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2013 | 3:26 am

    Headline: Defense Secretary Hagel Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons

    To Read: Michael Gerson gives his personal recollections of the former President whose Presidential Library dedication took place yesterday:

    For years, I saw Bush through the small but revealing aperture...

  • Why Today’s Western Wall Court Decision is a Blessing, a Problem, and a Blessing

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 25, 2013 | 7:21 am

    Three days ago, I wrote an article for IHT-NYT on Women of the Wall, one in which I shared with the readers my usual plea for compromise and, more specifically, for implementing the Sharansky plan (if you aren’t familiar with it, you can read about it here, here and here):

    ...

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