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  • As It Prepares for an Election, WZO Seeks to Assert Its Relevance

    Earlier this year, Yossi Beilin, leader of Israel’s Meretz-Yahad Party, called for the establishment of an assembly of Jewish lawmakers from around the world to address issues of consequence to global Jewry. Beilin’s call echoed an idea two years earlier from Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who recommended creating a “second chamber” of the Knesset to… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Elections got under way for U.S. representatives to the World Zionist Organization’s 35th Congress of the Jewish People in Israel. Voting began Tuesday and will run through Feb. 28. Twelve different slates are running for the 145 available slots. More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5765 September 2004

    CHICAGO — MRIs are more effective at detecting breast cancer caused by gene mutations occurring in some 2 percent of Ashkenazi women than are mammographies, according to a new study. The study involving the mutation to the BRCA genes, which have been linked to breast and ovarian cancers in Ashkenazi Jewish women, is published in… More ▸

  • Bielski Named Jewish Agency Head and Vows to Be Worldwide Emissary

    A beaming Zeev Bielski took the stage in front of the assembly of the Jewish Agency for Israel, vowing to be their emissary to the Jewish people as they elected him in a unanimous show of hands. The job to which he was elected Tuesday will bring the charismatic and popular Bielski, 58, mayor of… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Russian American Jews want their community to vote in World Zionist elections. Voter registration is beginning for the elections to the 35th World Zionist Congress, which takes place June 19-22, 2006, in Israel. The World Zionist Congress, which meets every four to five years, debates the policies of the World Zionist Organization, which controls half… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Zeev Bielski was unanimously elected chairman of the World Zionist Organization. The Ra’anana mayor was elected by the Zionist General Council last Friday after World Likud withdrew its candidate, former Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky. The chairman of the WZO also chairs the Jewish Agency for Israel. More ▸

  • News Brief

    The election for chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel was postponed. The move will give both candidates — Israel’s former minister of Diaspora affairs, Natan Sharansky, and Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski — time to fortify their support, a World Zionist Organization official said. The Zionist General Council voted Wednesday to grant both candidates seats… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The international organization of the Likud Party issued a legal challenge to Ariel Sharon. World Likud, home to a strong faction that opposes the Israeli prime minister’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, is arguing that Sharon did not follow proper procedure in nominating Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski to head the Jewish Agency for… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Members of World Likud on Sunday selected Natan Sharansky as their candidate for the Jewish Agency chairmanship. The former Cabinet minister will face off against Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s candidate, when the Zionist General Council votes Wednesday for chairman of the agency and the World Zionist Organization. Sharansky’s victory Sunday… More ▸

  • Sharansky Bid for Agency Head Seen As Lacking Diaspora Support

    Natan Sharansky may have made waves in Israel by announcing his candidacy for the helm of the Jewish Agency for Israel after the organization nearly had secured its support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s nominee. On this side of the ocean, Sharansky’s candidacy is making some ripples, but he seems unlikely to gain much support…. More ▸