The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will give the Jewish Agency for Israel $15 million per year for the next three years.
The Jewish Agency made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the fellowship will be able to appoint members to the agencyâ€™s lay leadership boards.
The money will go toward the Jewish Agencyâ€™s core budget, which traditionally comes from the dues collected by the United Jewish Communities from North American Jewish federations and the agency’s international fund-raising mechanism, Keren Hayesod
The UJC gave $140 million to JAFI for its core budget in 2007, but the Jewish Agency has been told to expect a decrease of about $2 million, according to its Board of Govenors chair, Richard Pearlstone. The agency’s total budget this year was $317 million.
The Jewish Agency is calling the new arrangement with the charitable fund, which is headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, a â€œstrategic partnership.â€ This year, the fellowship contributed more than $8 million to the Jewish Agency.
According to a memorandum of understanding, the fellowship will give the money to the Jewish Agency through Keren Hayesod. The fellowship will be able to appoint a member to the Jewish Agency’s Budget and Finance Committee, and the fellowship’s president will become a member of the Jewish Agencyâ€™s Executive.
â€œThe nature of our new partnership will be expressed by proudly placing the fellowship alongside our loyal, longtime partners, the UJC — the federations of North America and Keren Hayesod,â€ the chairman of the Jewish Agency’s Executive, Ze’ev Bielski, wrote in a letter announcing the arrangement.
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