By Sam Sokol JNS.org Announcing his pending retirement during an interview last week, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s outgoing two-term Chairman Natan Sharansky said the venerable Zionist institution needed “new people and new ideas,” igniting speculation on the identity of a possible successor. News the former government minister and Soviet refusenik will step down in 2017 also fueled further discussion of the continuing relevance of the … [Read more...] about Jewish Agency’s Future in Question with Sharansky’s Departure
By Judy Maltz Haaretz.com The winner of one of the top annual awards for service to the Jewish community, Sherly America-Gosal was not an obvious pick. Forget the fact that she isn’t Jewish. America-Gosal, president of the Keren Hayesod’s women’s division and a devout Evangelical Christian, hails from Indonesia, an overwhelmingly Muslim country with no diplomatic ties to Israel. Yet, she is the first Christian individual to receive the … [Read more...] about Evangelical Aid was Once Taboo in Israel. Now It’s On The Rise. Why?
In new fundraising strategy, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and his International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will, for the first time, compete with federations for Jewish philanthropic dollars. By Judy Maltz Haaretz.com In a direct challenge to the Jewish-American philanthropic establishment, the world’s largest Christian-Zionist charity is setting its sights on an unlikely new group of donors: Jewish millionaires. The … [Read more...] about Eckstein’s Fellowship set to Challenge Federations for Local Jewish Dollars
By Judy Maltz Haaretz On their first morning as Israeli citizens, a few dozen Venezuelan and Uruguayan Jews, many still jetlagged, gather in a small hotel conference room in this Mediterranean coastal city for a reception and orientation. One by one, they are summoned to the podium to receive a gift from their benefactor and have their photograph taken with him. “Just a little something to help you get on your feet,” says Rabbi Yechiel … [Read more...] about Christian-backed Aliyah Project: PR Ploy or Challenge to the Jewish Establishment?
As the New Year approaches, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) is providing food and clothing vouchers to 44,000 needy children and families throughout Israel. These vouchers will enable tens of thousands of Israelis (Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin) to purchase food and clothing from various retailers. This year, the sum of holiday vouchers that IFCJ will distribute to Israel’s disadvantaged populations will top $3 … [Read more...] about IFCJ to Provide More than $3m. for Food and Clothing Vouchers to Israelis in Need