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Four Hundred French Immigrants To Arrive In Israel

07/16/2014
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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

06/10/2014
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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

05/29/2014
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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

02/24/2014
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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.

04/05/2013
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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

01/07/2013
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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.

Analysis: No Big Buzz At The GA

It's still early days for the Global Planning Table, announced last year.

11/14/2012

A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly here this week.

Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations spend money outside their local communities by making decisions on collective spending more transparent and communal. Federation officials hope this will stem the decline in overseas spending and bring more clout -- and money -- to federations’ collective action.

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, left, and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky at the GA. JTA

Letter: Sharansky Protests Restrictions At Western Wall

Wall is a symbol of connection with Israel for "each and every Jew," Jewish Agency head writes.

11/12/2012
Staff Writer

Pressure mounted on Israel this week to consider relaxing the restrictions governing prayer and behavior in place at the Western Wall, with the head of the Jewish Agency writing a letter to the government that expressed “deep concern” about policies at Judaism’s holiest site.

The Western Wall: a contested site. Getty Images

$1 Million 'Jewish Nobel Prize" To Be Awarded Annually By Israeli PM

06/26/2012

The establishment of the Genesis Prize,  touted as a "Jewish Nobel Prize" and worth $1 million, was announcedTuesday in a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that included Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Genesis Philanthropy Group founder Mikhail Fridman.

The international prize will be awarded to Jews who win global recognition for their achievements in the fields of science and the arts.

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