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  • Candidate to Head Jewish Agency Said to Grasp Israel-diaspora Ties

    Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski can be seen in the mornings opening car doors for schoolchildren, ushering them toward their classrooms with a smile. Now Bielski, 58, may be heading to one of the most powerful offices in the Jewish world — chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced Monday… More ▸

  • Surprise Resignation of Jafi Head Sparks Speculation on Meridor Future

    The resignation of one of the most powerful professionals in Jewish life came as a surprise to many of those closest to him — and sparked rumors throughout the Jewish world about Sallai Meridor’s future plans. In a letter Tuesday, Meridor, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, informed his staff and… More ▸

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    The leader of the World Jewish Congress urged Orthodox leaders to open dialogue with moderate Muslims. Speaking Saturday at the World Zionist Organization’s Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora, Rabbi Israel Singer said dialogue could lead to a “regeneration of the once-flourishing Jewish-Muslim renaissance.” More ▸

  • As Meridor Meets with Ujc Heads, Some Wonder About Future of WZO

    A meeting this week marked the early stages of a discussion that could spell trouble for the future of the World Zionist Organization. Sallai Meridor, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, which runs immigration and absorption in the Jewish state, met with leaders of the United Jewish Communities, the coordinating body… More ▸

  • Agreement in Swiss Bank Case Could Mean More for Survivors

    Swiss banks and the U.S. judge overseeing a $1.25 billion settlement of Holocaust-era claims have reached an agreement that may yield hundreds of millions of dollars in additional assets for survivors and their heirs. Reached June 10 between Credit Suisse, UBS AG and the U.S. District Court of Eastern New York, the agreement for the… More ▸

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    The World Zionist Organization approved a new platform. At its annual conference in Jerusalem, the WZO updated its Jerusalem Program, the Zionist tenets on which the institution rests, which first were passed in 1951. More ▸

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    The annual conference of the World Zionist Organization is focused on anti-Semitism. Opening the annual Zionist General Council at Israel’s Mount Herzl on Tuesday night, Israeli President Moshe Katsav compared the tenor of Theodor Herzl’s time to today’s. More ▸

  • Never Again? Anti-semitism is Rising to Historic Levels, Writes Adl’s Foxman

    If Abraham Foxman’s predictions are right, “we currently face as great a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish people as the one we faced in the 1930s — if not a greater one.” That’s the case the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, a child Holocaust survivor, makes in his new book,… More ▸

  • Obituary Simcha Dinitz, Jewish Agency Head and Ambassador to U.s., Dead at 74

    It was October 1973, the Yom Kippur War was raging and Israel was facing the abyss. Kalman Sultanik, a World Zionist Organization executive, was riding through New York City with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Simcha Dinitz, when Dinitz interrupted to call U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “Kissinger called him back right away,”… More ▸

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    About 850 workers at the Jewish Agency for Israel and World Zionist Organization agreed to pay cuts, and 50 staffers will be laid off. Overseas emissaries also will be reduced by about 10 percent, according to Israel’s daily Ha’aretz. More ▸