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  • 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 ▸

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    Natan Sharansky is challenging Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s candidate to run the Jewish Agency for Israel. The former Soviet dissident and Israeli Cabinet minister announced Tuesday that he would run as a candidate to head the World Zionist Organization. More ▸

  • Israeli Museum Looks at Herzl: an Icon or a Naive Eurocentrist?

    Behind plush chairs and wooden tables arranged to resemble a 19th-century café in Vienna, a screen descends to reveal a hunky Israeli actor transported back in time to prepare for his role of Theodor Herzl. The actor takes in the scene — a cosmopolitan scene of beautiful young women and intellectual debates, tainted with ugly… More ▸

  • 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 ▸