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  • Jewish Agency Leaders Approve Major Cuts, Push Reform Plan

    Officials at the Jewish Agency for Israel are saying a $40.5 million budget cut and a radical restructuring ultimately will provide a major boost to its campaign to reorganize and expand its efforts beyond aliyah. The agency’s cuts from its $300 million core budget next year will include sweeping reductions in programs throughout the world… More ▸

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    Jewish Agency nixes Birthright funding cut The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel nixed a plan by its budget committee to cut its allocation to Birthright Israel by $1 million. The agency, which concluded its board meetings in Jerusalem on Thursday night, passed $45 million in cuts to its core budget for… More ▸

  • Before Leaving Office, Olmert Addresses U.S. Jews

    In a normal year, an address by the Israeli prime minster would be treated as the centerpiece of a gathering of American Jews, especially one being held in Jerusalem. But the context of Ehud Olmert’s appearance at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly on Sunday was anything but normal. Olmert, who… More ▸

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    A Web site has been established to memorialize Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. The Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization have set up a Web site in memory of the slain Israeli soldiers, whose bodies Hezbollah returned to Israel in a prisoner swap this week. The site contains a history of the… More ▸

  • 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 ▸