Jewish Agency for Israel

Final Group Of Jews From Yemen Airlifted To Israel In Secret Mission

03/21/2016 - 11:48

Jerusalem — A group of the last remaining Jews from Yemen arrived in Israel in a secret operation coordinated by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The final group of Jewish immigrants from Yemen arriving in Israel, March 20, 2016. JTA

29,500 New Immigrants Arrive In Israel Since Last Rosh Hashanah

09/08/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Some 29,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah, a 13 percent increase over the previous year.

Migrants walking along a motorway near the southern Hungarian village of Roszke, Sept. 7, 2015. JTA

Pushing For Massive French Aliyah

Minimal investment could spur record immigration from a prosperous country, advocate says.

06/23/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Speaking at the Grand Synagogue in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket murders in January, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stirred controversy when he announced: “Any Jew who chooses to come to Israel will be greeted with open arms and an open heart; it is not a foreign nation, and hopefully they and you will one day come to Israel.”

Gary Rosenblatt

The Editor's Desk: War Tests Young Israelis At U.S. Summer Camps

Challenging but rewarding summer for hundreds of emissaries who served here.

08/26/2014 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Each summer the Jewish Agency for Israel sends hundreds of shlichim, or emissaries, to Jewish camps throughout the U.S.  Their dual goal is to bring the spirit and reality of Israel to youngsters here, and to deepen the relationship between young American and Israeli Jews.

Gary Rosenblatt

Aliyah Up From France, Down From U.S.

11/25/2013 - 19:00

Jewish immigration from France to Israel has increased by 49 percent in the first nine months of 2013 compared to last year.

Thanksgiving And Chanukah: Two Distinct Holidays

11/18/2013 - 19:00

As someone who loves to eat and is proud to be an American, I would never be the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving. But I confess. I have not been swept up in the whirlwind excitement over Thanksgivukkah. The last time Chanukah occurred around this season was 1861, but President Lincoln only declared Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863.

Jewish Agency Plans $300M Initiative To Boost Birthright, Teen Programs And Aliyah

08/06/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

At a time when Jewish organizations that offer Israel youth trips are struggling to compete with the free Birthright Israel experience, the Jewish Agency For Israel is working to boost participation even higher, the quasi-governmental agency told Haaretz.

A Jerusalem conference will unveil the initiative, a project of the Jewish Agency and the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that could ultimately cost $300 milion, in October. The target for implementation is early 2015.

Some 350,000 college-age youths have participated in Birthright Israel. Photo via BirthrightIsrael.com

James Tisch Elected Jewish Agency Board Chair

02/21/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- James Tisch, who has held several key positions in the Jewish world, has been elected as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel's board of governors.

Tisch, 58, the president and CEO of the Loews Corp., was elected Tuesday during the board's meeting in Jerusalem to succeed Richard Pearlstone, who has served in the post since 2007.

Among his positions of Jewish leadership, Tisch has served as board chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and president of UJA-Federation of New York.

Jewish Federations, Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

JFNA, Jewish Agency, Joint to work around traditional 75-25 split.
09/27/2010 - 20:00
JTA

The New York-based Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have been struggling with the JFNA for nearly two years over how to split the more than $100 million raised by the federation system for overseas needs. The two overseas partners have traditionally split the money using a formula that gives 75 percent of the funds to the Jewish Agency and 25 percent to JDC.

The leadership of Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, a longtime ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, is credited with make deal poss

Federations and Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

09/21/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have been struggling with the JFNA for nearly two years over how to split the more than $100 million raised by the federation system for overseas needs. The two overseas partners have traditionally split the money using a formula that gives 75 percent of the funds to the Jewish Agency and 25 percent to JDC.

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