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  • As Jewish Agency gets set to reform, Steinhardt and Nevzlin speak out

    The public politicking over the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency has picked up today, as the organization’s board of governors meetings get underway. The agency has been caught in the crossfire between Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, who essentially wants to appoint his political ally Natan Sharansky as its head, and U.S. Jewish philanthropists who want… More ▸

  • JAFI: Aliyah for North America is up 15 percent

    From the Jewish Agency: THE JEWISH AGENCY HOSTS OLIM FAREWELL RECEPTIONS, ESTIMATES 15% INCREASE IN ALIYAH FOR 2009 FROM NORTH AMERICA The Jewish Agency for Israel hosted Aliyah farewell receptions in New York Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco for members of the community who will be immigrating to Israel this summer; farewell receptions will… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency ad camapign gets MASA-smutty

    The Jewish Agency for Israel seems to have finally picked up on what Israel’s tourism ministry discovered a few years back — sex sells. Israel previously tried to spur tourism to the Holy Land with a series of racy ads featuring hot Israeli women on the beach, and by pushing forward such classic photo spreads… More ▸

  • UJC meets in Miami to talk about building the Negev

    Print 0 46 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} The United Jewish Communities held a conference this week in Miami to promote its Negev Work Group, an outfit devoted to settling Israel’s Negev desert, according to… More ▸

  • Sharansky nomination rankles some Jewish Agency lay leaders

    Sorry it’s been a little slow on the blog the last couple of days. Been working on this story: NEW YORK (JTA) — Israel’s prime minister has nominated former Soviet dissident and close political ally Natan Sharansky for the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Once that would have made him a shoo-in for… More ▸