Twelve Jews from Kyrgyzstan arrived in Israel today in an operation by the Jewish Agency to rescue Jews from the country stricken by ethnic violence. The 12 new immigrants, all extended family members, were brought from Bishkek, the capital, where almost all of the 1,200 Jews in Kyrgyzstan live today. At a special early evening reception on Mount Scopus, the Jewish Agency Assembly welcomed the newcomers from Kyrgyzstan along with some of the … [Read more...] about Kyrgyzstan Olim Welcomed in Jerusalem
The Jewish Agency/JAFI
Or, why we all should care about the Jewish Agency's new strategic plan. After almost a year's work, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) is about to formally present its newly revised strategic plan to the Board of Governors for discussion and approval. For the past year, we have written on and off about both the process, and the issue of Jewish Identity - which is a core component of the new vision. And the question has been posed by several, … [Read more...] about Connect. Inspire. Empower.
In recent days, as I have shared with my communally-engaged friends that I would be in Jerusalem for this week’s Jewish Agency meetings, the response has been consistent and all too predictable. First the person expresses jealousy that I get to spend some time in Israel (even in the heat of the summer) and second, they express complete confusion and condolences regarding my involvement in, as they call it, the quicksand that is the modern Jewish … [Read more...] about Dispatches from Jerusalem: The Jewish Agency and the Myth of Collective Bargaining
"Zionism does not stand alone on the stage of perpetual renewal." So spoke Nancy Falchuk, Hadassah's National President, as she called to order the opening session of the Assembly of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). With 486 official delegates in attendance, and an additional 100 or so observers, this advise and consent governing body of JAFI, has gathered in Jerusalem for its annual meeting. And as we herald in the decade of 10's, we are … [Read more...] about The Jewish Agency: The Week That Is
How might a 21st-century Jewish Agency refresh the blue box? How might it harness the agency of Jews globally to refresh the Jewish people and the world at large? by Sarah Kass The final decades of the 19th century saw the birth of three enduring institutions. In 1881, in Washington, D.C., teacher and government clerk Clara Barton established the American Red Cross. Eight years later, in New Bern, North Carolina, pharmacist Caleb Bradham … [Read more...] about Thinking Out Of the (Blue) Box