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  • Recalling Soviet days, Sharansky hits home for Jewish Agency

    Yesterday, the CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Steve Schwager gave his pitch for more money from the federation. Today it was the turn of the new chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky. This was the fourth time that I have seen Sharansky speak in the past week, and he clearly saved… More ▸

  • Caption this: Sharansky in Moscow

    Let’s have some fun. Here’s the real caption for this photo, taken this week in Moscow: “Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky opens the new academic year at the Lipman Jewish Day School in Moscow. (Credit: Fatima Burnatzeva)” Can you beat it with a fake caption? My first shot at it: “Upon hearing that American Idol… More ▸

  • Sharansky speaks

    New York Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt got the first lengthy interview with Natan Sharansky, since the ex-Soviet dissident was selected as the new chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Sharansky, who has turned down numerous interview requests from JTA over the past month, faces a daunting task in assuming the top… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Preparing for Solidarity Sunday

    Anatoly Shcharansky’s participation in the annual Soviet Jewry rally here next month is evidence of the effectiveness of both public and private initiatives to aid the plight of Jews in the Soviet Union, rally organizers asserted Tuesday. “That he is a free man dramatizes and gives strong credence to our belief that persistent public action… More ▸

  • Refusenik ‘roll Call’ Dramatizes Soviet Jews Seeking to Emigrate

    More than 100 legislators, as well as Congressional spouses and leaders of religious, labor and human rights organizations, took part in an all-day “roll call” Tuesday of Jews seeking to emigrate from the Soviet Union. The rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building here was bedecked with a photographic exhibit of refuseniks and their families,… More ▸