from Haviv Retting in this morning’s Jerusalem Post:

‘Only the Jewish Agency can connect the Jewish world’

The Jewish Agency may have “outsourced” the important function of bringing aliya from the world’s largest Jewish community, but it remains for the foreseeable future the only body connecting the diverse communities of the Jewish world together, according to agency director-general Moshe Vigdor.

Vigdor was one of the architects of the Jewish Agency-Nefesh B’Nefesh agreement announced last week that gave Nefesh responsibility for North American aliya marketing and implementation. He spoke to The Jerusalem Post this week in the wake of that agreement.

“There is nothing more important than the connection of Israel with the worldwide Jewish communities, not just in the United States, but also in Latin America, France, Britain, South Africa, the Former Soviet Union, and elsewhere,” he said.