World Zionist Organization

  • Jewish Agency, Facing Budget Crunch, is Buoyed by Olmert’s Ideas

    Comparing the challenge of overcoming his agency’s financial woes with the ancient Israelites’ struggle to enter the Promised Land, the chairman of the Jewish Agency’s budget committee tried to sound an upbeat note. “We can do it,” Shoel Silver told the agency’s board of governors Tuesday. Nobody said it would be easy. The Jewish Agency… More ▸

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    The Jewish Agency for Israel spokesman will manage a new media-liaison unit in the Olmert government. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday picked Yarden Vatikay, who has served in the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization for the past five years, for the Information Directorate. The directorate will coordinate government agencies on handling national public… More ▸

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    Orthodox Jewish leaders from around the world are holding an annual convention in Israel. The World Conference of Orthodox Rabbis and Community Leaders, organized by the World Zionist Organization, began its three-day conference in Jerusalem on Monday. About 150 rabbis and leaders from 32 countries are participating in the conference, which will include meetings with… More ▸

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    One percent of the shares of Bank Leumi, some $57 million, are in the names of Jews killed in the Holocaust. The figured appeared in a report issued last week by Israel’s Custodian General, according to Ha’aretz. The money has its origins in an 1899 initiative by Theodor Herzl to raise money for the Jewish… More ▸

  • Israel Scavenger Hunt Sends Teams Scurrying Around Big Apple for Clues

    It was billed as a way to learn about Jewish and Israeli history while competing for $500 toward airline tickets to Israel. But the 16 teams gathered April 22 at Jewish National Fund headquarters in Manhattan for the inaugural Amazing Israel Race had only one goal in mind. “I don t have $20 to waste,”… More ▸

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    The Jewish Agency for Israel unveiled a memorial to Jews murdered in terrorist and anti-Semitic attacks abroad. The ceremony was held Monday, on Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, outside the JAFI building in Jerusalem, and was attended by victims’ family members living in Israel. “In this ceremony, the State of Israel recognizes, for the first… More ▸

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    The World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel launched an Internet campaign against Iran’s president. In a release Monday, the groups cited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s calls for Israel’s destruction and Holocaust denial, including an international Holocaust denial conference he held in December. The words of the Iranian president are provocative and we must not… More ▸

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    Richard Pearlstone was approved as the next chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s board of governors. A longtime JAFI activist, Pearlstone was approved by the organization’s Advice and Consent Committee and will be formally voted in at the next board of governors meeting in June. “I am proud to serve the Jewish people in… More ▸

  • Nominee for Top Israeli Post in D.c. Draws Praise from American Jews

    One of Sallai Meridor’s first acts as chairman-elect of the Jewish Agency for Israel was to deliver relief to a Muslim country, Albania. The delivery of food and medicine to refugees from the Kosovo crisis in April 1999 was a first for the organization best known for rescuing Jews — and was a sign that… More ▸