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A New Government Initiative that Aims to Spend Hundreds of Millions of Shekels on Diaspora Jews Is a Good Start, but it Is Only a Start
Earlier this month, the Israeli cabinet approved a new government initiative to invest some NIS 60 million ($17 million) in programs that connect Diaspora Jews with Israel. The new money isn’t much, but it’s only the beginning, intended as seed money for new programs that will be expanded if they prove successful. In 2016, the government has promised, the cabinet will hold a second vote, this time on a massive expansion of the funding by as much as NIS 400 million ($116 million) per year.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014
Haviv Rettig Gur writes about how the latest community study of New York Jewry, by the UJA-Federation of New York has broken new ground in the complicated art of studying American Jews. By sampling an unprecedented 6,000 households, asking new kinds of questions about religious practice, and focusing on areas with low rates of affiliation alongside the more concentrated Jewish communities, the study has for the first time offered local Jewish organizations and community planners new tools for tackling questions of identity, engagement, poverty and education.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2013
The Jewish Agency Board of Governors unanimously accepted a new, broader mission for the organization at their meeting in Jerusalem last week. The new strategic plan approved by the board of governors changed the agency’s mission statement to a 26 - word sentence: “Inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their people, heritage and land, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2010
Haviv Rettig Gur writes in a Jerusalem Post exclusive: After spending tens of millions of dollars in recent years to bring college-age Jewish youth on subsidized trips to Israel, the government and Jewish Agency are launching a major new effort to offer similar funding for high-schoolers. In recent days, the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry and the Jewish Agency have offered $2m. to the Lapid organization, an umbrella body of 27 trip providers for high school-age kids, to start a pilot funding mechanism that will offer financial assistance to Diaspora youth applying to Israel programs.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2010
'World Jewry is drifting away from Israeli society. Aliya is near zero. Even Israelis living abroad find little reason to come. What is Israel going to do about it?' asks Jerusalem Post columnist, Haviv Rettig Gur.
Updated: May. 02, 2010
A new umbrella group, Lapid Israel, formed in 2008, aims to bring a high level of organization, publicity and public funding to bringing younger Diaspora Jews - those still in high school - on educational trips to Israel. The 24 organizations represented by Lapid bring some 15,000 high-school-age Jewish youths to Israel on formal programs each year. Lapid aims to become as successful as its best-known cousins, Birthright-Israel – Taglit, and MASA, private initiatives funded jointly by Israel, philanthropists, the Jewish Agency and others.
Updated: Dec. 01, 2009
The Jewish Agency has laid the cornerstone for a new Israel Cultural Center in Budapest that could serve as a testing-ground for similar Israel-Diaspora centers worldwide. Modeled on other nations' foreign cultural services, the center will bring under one roof a wide range of activities connected to Israel, and will expose visitors to a many fields of Israeli culture.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2009
In cooperation with the Turkish government, the Izmir municipality and the local Jewish community, a group of donors and academics from Israel are working to restore the largest of the collapsed synagogue complexes of the ancient Jewish community of Izmir. They hope to fashion a 'living Jewish museum' on the spot that will teach the local Muslim population and the international academic community about Izmir's Jewish past.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2009
A program to bring Diaspora teachers and community leaders on a subsidized educational trip to Israel has gained Israel government approval for the first time. At a recent cabinet meeting, the ministers approved a pilot program of Netivey Masa, or Masa Pathways, a joint government-Jewish Agency project that is intended to finance a majority of the expense for such trips. The teachers will visit schools in Israel, and meet other educators preparing them to help establish an interface between the Israeli education system and Diaspora Jewish education systems.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2009