New York (Jan. 27)
– Yitzhak Rager has been elected president of the Israel Bond Organization by the Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Sam Rothberg, general chairman of the Bond Organization. Rager has been serving as vice president since January, 1980. Before joining Israel Bonds, he served as General Counsel to the chairman of the Jewish Agency with the rank of Deputy Minister. He was born in Cairo of Russian-Jewish parents and educated in Jerusalem.
A noted journalist, Rager was the editor of the national Hebrew daily “Hayom,” Secretary General of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and news editor of “Kol Israel” (The Voice of Israel). As a member of the diplomatic service, he served as a Consul in New York as well as a Consul at the Israel Embassy in London. Rager has fought in all of the wars of Israel. During the Six-Day War, he commanded the battalion which liberated Gush Etzion and Beit Lechem, including the site of Rachel’s Tomb, and remains a Colonel in the Israel Army Reserves.
His wife, Dr. Bracha Rager, is a visiting scientist with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.