Natan Sharansky

Letter: Sharansky Protests Restrictions At Western Wall

Wall is a symbol of connection with Israel for "each and every Jew," Jewish Agency head writes.
11/11/2012 - 19:00
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

06/25/2012 - 20:00

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.

Sharansky, In NY Visit, Downplays Shift In Jewish Agency’s Role

11/09/2011 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

A day after the Jewish Federations of North America voted to stop automatically channeling funds for Israel through the Jewish Agency, its chairman downplayed the major shift in diaspora relations as “technical disagreements” during an appearance in New York.

Natan Sharansky: Funding change "will have no meaning in history."

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.

Sharansky’s 25 Years Of Freedom

02/07/2011 - 19:00
Editorial

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American lives, but Natan Sharansky — a Russian “prisoner of Zion,” and now an Israeli public figure — has had an exquisite second act to rival the agony of his first.

History doesn’t often provide happier endings and beginnings than the one experienced 25 years ago this week, Feb.11, 1986, when Sharansky was freed after nine brutal years in the Soviet Gulag, crossing the Glienicke Bridge over the Havel River, walking from East Germany to West Berlin and freedom.

Why I Don’t Share Beinart’s Pessimism

How Zionist education, Birthright can strengthen Israel support.
12/06/2010 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

Is it true, as Peter Beinart suggested in his widely read New York Review of Books essay in June, that young American Jews are increasingly alienated from Israel because of its allegedly declining commitment to democratic ideals?

Agree with him or not, the former New Republic editor hit a raw nerve among many Jews when he wrote “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” setting off a discussion that continues to stir debate six months later.

Gary Rosenblatt

Children Evacuated From Israel’s North Get Chanukah Activities

12/04/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Hundreds of children evacuated from communities in Israel's north will participate in Chanukah activities run by the Jewish Agency.

The activities announced will include outings and performances in the center of the country.

The activities are being run in coordination with the relevant government authorities and in cooperation with the Migdal Or Association and the Noar Ha`oved ve Halomed youth movement.

Israeli Chess Grandmaster Achieves World Record

10/23/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli chess grandmaster bested an Iranian's world record by playing 527 ranked chess players simultaneously in Tel Aviv and winning 87 percent of the games.

Alik Gershon began playing the concurrent matches on Thursday morning in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in an attempt to break the Guinness simultaneous chess world record set in 2009 by the Iranian grandmaster Morteza Mahjoub. Gershon completed the games by early Friday.

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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