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  • Could a Birthright for high schoolers be in the offing?

    Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has dropped hints that he and the Jewish Agency for Israel could be working on a plan to offer free or heavily subsidized trips to Israel for high school students from the Diaspora, according to The erusalem Post. Nethanyahu, in addressing the board of governors of the Jewish Agency in… More ▸

  • JPost: Some details of Jewish Agency plan emerge

    We’ve been talking for months now about Natan Sharansky’s move to transform the Jewish Agency for Israel into an organization focused on building Jewish identity. We’ve written extensively about the plan, about some of the personnel moves that Sharansky has made to fulfill the plan, and about the move of its fundraising and marketing departments… More ▸

  • JDC and JAFI seek conflict resolution

    Representatives of the Jewish Agency, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Federations of North America met Monday at the New York offices of the JFNA in an attempt to solve their continuing struggle over how much each of the two overseas organizations should take home from the federations’ annual campaigns. The JDC… More ▸

  • A million dollar Jewish Nobel prize in the works?

    According to Ynet, Natan Sharansky and the Jewish Agency have approached Israel’s Knesset and its President, Shimon Perez, about creating a Jewish Nobel-type prize that would come with a $1 million cash award. According to Ynet, the cash would be offered up by the Genesis Philanthropy Group, the charity funded by a number of Russian… More ▸

  • Free alternative to day schools?

    Free alternative to day schools? As day schools have become an overly expensive option for some in the Orthodox world, an Israeli program that has offered Diaspora Jews free high school education in Israel is beefing up its outreach to Orthodox Jews and pitching itself as a free alternative. Na’ale is recruiting current high school freshmen… More ▸

  • On Jewish identity

    In his column in this week’s New York Jewish Week, Gary Rosenblatt weighs in on the recent stress between the Jewish Federations of North America and the two overseas partners of the Jewish federation system, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The background: The two overseas partners are perturbed by the declining dollars… More ▸