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Jewish Agencies Launch Discount Supermarkets’ Project In Sderot

12/23/2015 - 15:57

Israel’s first discount supermarket co-op store — an initiative of Jewish agencies and private donors — opened in the beleaguered city of Sderot.

A public bomb shelter in Sderot. Via

Arab-Israeli Lawmaker In US Refuses To Enter Offices Shared With Jewish Agency

12/10/2015 - 19:00

Arab-Israeli lawmaker and political leader Ayman Odeh refused to meet with the umbrella foreign policy body for American Jews because it shares office space with the Jewish Agency, an abrupt and dissonant end to a trip that was aimed at promoting greater Arab-Jewish cooperation.

Ayman Odeh, carrying one of his three children, casting his vote in Nazareth on Israel’s Election Day, March 17, 2015. JTA

Record-Breaking French Aliyah Dwarfs Immigration From North America

12/17/2014 - 19:00

Jewish immigration from France to Israel reached an all-time record of 6,655 newcomers, in the first 11 months of 2014.

Four Hundred French Immigrants To Arrive In Israel

07/15/2014 - 20:00

Some 400 new immigrants from France are scheduled to arrive in Israel, in the midst of rocket fire on their new home country.

New Initiative Would Encourage European Jews To Make Aliyah

06/09/2014 - 20:00

JERUSALEM — A new aliyah agency tasked with persuading European Jews to move to Israel is under consideration.


Jewish Agency Accused Of Leaking Ukraine Evacuation Plans

05/28/2014 - 20:00

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Foreign Ministry accused the Jewish Agency for Israel of leaking a plan to evacuate Jews from eastern Ukraine.

Jewish Agency Offering Emergency Help To Ukraine's Jews

02/23/2014 - 19:00

The Jewish Agency said it would offer immediate emergency assistance to the Jewish community of coup-ravaged Ukraine and help secure its institutions.

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky’s announcement on Saturday came hours after protests in the former Soviet republic forced President Viktor Yanukovych to flee Kiev and the parliament announced new presidential elections for late May. Dozens died in violent demonstrations leading to the coup.

People lay flowers for protesters killed in past weeks' clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square. Getty Images

A Summer Camp Counselor Turns Tears Into A Heart-To-Heart

Editor's Note: Each year, the Jewish Agency for Israel sends a group of young emissaries (shlichim) to serve as counselors and specialists at Camp Ramapo, a summer camp in Northern New-York, Dutchess County, for children with special needs. A non-profit established in 1922, Ramapo gathers a wide spectrum of special needs children under one umbrella. The shlichim at Ramapo bring a cultural perspective that has become a special part of the Ramapo experience. Shaked Karp, 24, came to Ramapo three years ago after completing her service in an Israeli army intelligence unit and has has returned every year since. She explains why here.

The Israelis at Ramapo. Shaked Karp is the fourth from the right in the back row. Photo courtesy Jewish Agency for Israel

Women's Right To Say Kaddish In Question At Kotel

Confronted by Sharansky, rabbi says arrests won't happen -- but police say rabbi has no authority.
04/04/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Women who want to say the Mourner’s Kaddish at the Western Wall were threatened with arrest in a recent letter from the Israeli police to a women’s rights group, but both Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky and Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who runs the government body that oversees holy sites like the wall, say it will not happen.

In February, 10 women were arrested after morning prayers at the Western Wall. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall

Jewish Agency Takes In OTZMA

01/06/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish Federations of North America announced Friday that it will transfer ownership of its OTZMA Israel Experience, one of the first programs that enabled young adults to live and learn in Israel, to a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for Israel, effective July 1.

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