Jewish Agency

  • Op-Ed: On conversion in Israel, there is a way

    A Jewish Agency official says the agency’s new strategic plan will broaden and increase future funding to programs like Nativ, a crash course in Judaism that presents an opportunity to fast-track the conversion process through the Israel Defense Forces. More ▸

  • Guest Post: Nativ helps IDF soldiers convert

    As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch last week, a group of IDF soldiers shuffled past flowerbeds into classrooms at the Jewish Agency’s Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem. Four hundred soldiers, many of them immigrants, come together from every army unit for 14 hours a day of learning. Today’s lesson… More ▸

  • IFCJ gives Jewish agency $1.1 million for Heftziba school system

    Yechiel Eckstein’s International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has given $1.1 million to the Jewish Agency. The money will go to help support the agency’s Heftziba school system, which has 43 schools and 9,000 students in the former Soviet Union. The IFCJ bailed out the Heftziba school system earlier this year when it stepped in… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸