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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 ▸

  • Decades After Their Deaths, Bodies of Herzl’s Children Brought to Israel

    More than a century ago, Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, sat down to write his will. His heart was growing weaker and he feared his end might be near. He stipulated his desire to be buried in the Jewish state — once it was established — alongside his children. On Wednesday, two coffins… More ▸

  • U.S. Activists Outraged As Israel Proposes Cutting Falash Mura Aliyah

    Israel’s Finance Ministry is proposing substantial cuts to Ethiopian immigration next year as part of widespread belt-tightening following Israel’s war in Lebanon. The plan, announced Tuesday as part of Israel’s proposed budget for 2007, would halve the number of Ethiopian immigrants brought to Israel per month, to 150 from the current rate of 300. If… More ▸

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    The World Zionist Organization is planning pro-Israel rallies around the world over the next week. The group is planning events in some 40 cities, said David Breakstone, head of the organization’s Zionist activities department. More ▸