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  • Jumping from hack to flack

    Haaretz today took a pretty serious jab at the Jewish Agency for Israel over the agency’s decision last week to refocus its mission from one historically bent on settling the State of Israel and recruiting new immigrants to one aimed at building global Jewish identity. The interesting part, however, is that it will soon be… More ▸

  • Op-Ed: UC Irvine sets standard with suspension

    The University of California, Irvine decision to suspend the Muslim Student Union for its actions during a speech by Israeli U.S. Ambassador Michael Oren is a positive step for the campus and perhaps for higher education in general, writes the Hillel Foundation’s executive director in Orange County. More ▸

  • Jewish Agency passes plan to change

    As expected, the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel approved a plan to overhaul the agency’s focus at this week’s meetings in Jerusalem. The plan, which is outlined in an 11-page document, calls for turning the agency’s attention more squarely towards building global Jewish identity, and away from its traditional mission of… More ▸

  • 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 ▸