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  • Committee approves Jewish Agency move to refocus on Jewish identity

    A strategic planning committee for the Jewish Agency officially approved Natan Sharansky’s plan to refocus the organization’s mission toward Jewish identity. Sharansky presented his plan to a 28-member planning committee Wednesday night at the UJA-Federation of New York. He will now flesh out the plan and bring it officially to the Jewish Agency’s next board… More ▸

  • Shakeup at top of Jewish Agency continues

    The Jewish Agency for Israel has continued a rearrangement of the organization’s top professionals, as it announced Monday that Alan Hoffman would take over as its director general. Hoffman will take over JAFI’s second in command for Moshe Vigdor, who announced in December that he was resigning to become the director-general of Israel’s Council for Higher… More ▸

  • In the year 2030, a report by JPPPI

    The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem today released its paper “2030: Alternative Futures for the Jewish People.” I am now trying to read through the 120 page document, which explores four alternate realities that could befall the Jewish people in 20 years, ranging from real good to catastrophic. For a general sense of… More ▸

  • Sharansky signals shift of Jewish Agency focus

    At the opening plenary of the board of governors meetings of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the agency’s chairman Natan Sharansky told his board that he would like to prioritize Jewish identity over the organization’s traditional focus, immigration to Israel, Haaretz reports. Following Sharansky’s statement, his predecessor, Ze’ev Bielski, said he hoped immigration to Israel… More ▸

  • Galperin to leave D.C. federation to take senior spot with JAFI

    Misha Galperin has notified the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington that he will leave his post as the federation’s CEO this summer to take a position at the Jewish Agency for Israel. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Galperin will take over the position that Maxyne Finkelstein is set… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency: Russia nixes St. Petersburg meeting

    My breaking news report: NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish Agency for Israel has canceled plans to hold its upcoming board meetings in St. Petersburg over concerns that the Russian government would not allow the gathering to take place. The agency had announced in the fall that it would be holding the meetings there with… More ▸