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  • 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 ▸

  • Jewish Agency scraps plans to hold board meetings in Russia

     The Jewish Agency just announced that it has scrapped plans to hold its upcoming Board of Governors meetings in St. Petersburg, Russia. Instead they will be held in Jerusalem. Here is the press release: The Jewish Agency Board of Governors meetings to be held in Jerusalem and not St. Petersburg as originally planned  The Chairman… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency reconsidering North America strategy

    A media advisory went out last week announcing that the CEO of the Jewish Agency for Israel North America, Maxyne Finkelstein, has told agency officials that she would leave her position when her current contract expires in July. As the CEO of the agency’s North American office, Finkelstein was in charge of North American fund… More ▸

  • Shas joins WZO: What does it mean for Jewish Agency?

    Shas last week became the first fervently Orthodox, or haredi, group to join the World Zionist Organization. And thus far the Israeli media has focused on the positive, homing in on the idea that Shas — an Israeli political party and religious movement with strong support among Moroccans and other Mizrahi Jews in Israel —… More ▸