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  • More on the MASA ad controversy

    Jewish Agency insiders in the United States are using the term "catastrophic" to describe the recent controversy over a Hebrew-language television advertisement that ran in Israel only to be withdrawn by the organization after some Diaspora Jews called it offensive. The ad, which featured dark skies, foreboding trains and missing persons signs bearing the names… More ▸

  • MASA backs away from controversial ad

    Following a burst of criticism, an organization founded and funded by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government dropped a television ad warning Israelis about the dangers of assimilation in the Diaspora. More ▸

  • JDC, Jewish Agency mull more cuts

    The blog was quiet yesterday because I was working on this: NEW YORK (JTA) — The North American Jewish federation system’s overseas partners are warning of a brewing financial crisis facing the organized Jewish community in the former Soviet Union. Steven Schwager, the chief executive officer of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and Irv… More ▸

  • Sharansky speaks

    New York Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt got the first lengthy interview with Natan Sharansky, since the ex-Soviet dissident was selected as the new chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Sharansky, who has turned down numerous interview requests from JTA over the past month, faces a daunting task in assuming the top… More ▸