Hundreds of Jewish Leaders from Around the World, Members of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, to Convene in Jerusalem This Sunday

Representatives of Israel’s Arab, Bedouin, Druze communities to attend discussion of Jewish Agency efforts to promote coexistence in Israel; UJA-Federation of New York joins Jewish Agency in helping Jerusalem businesses affected by the recent violence

Hundreds of leaders from Jewish communities and organizations around the world will gather in Jerusalem next week (Sunday, October 25 through Tuesday, October 27) to participate in The Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors’ fall meetings. Among the leaders set to address the gathering are Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Gilad Erdan, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors Charles A. Ratner, and Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky.

Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky said: “That Jewish leaders from around the world are gathering in Jerusalem at this time is a massive expression of solidarity with the people of Israel. The Jewish Agency will continue to extend a hand to the people of Israel in real time and offer immediate, practical assistance wherever and whenever necessary.”

The discussions during the three-day gathering will center on efforts by The Jewish Agency and by world Jewry to support the people of Israel in light of the security situation, as well as on the organization’s ongoing activities aimed at strengthening the State of Israel and the Jewish world. Representatives of Israel’s Arab, Bedouin, and Druze communities who are involved in The Jewish Agency’s efforts to promote coexistence in Israel will also participate in the event.

The Board will also discuss the increase in Aliyah (immigration to Israel), which has resulted in the arrival of some 30,000 new immigrants in Israel this year; efforts to strengthen young Jews’ connections to Israel; programs to promote coexistence in Israel and strengthen Israel’s socioeconomic periphery; the fight against rising anti-Semitism and efforts to delegitimize Israel; and many other matters concerning Israel and world Jewry.

In light of recent events, The Jewish Agency and UJA-Federation of New York have announced that they will assist dozens of small and medium businesses in Jerusalem in receiving loans to help offset the effects of the violence, at a total investment of more than NIS 5 million. An emergency fund will grant loans of up to NIS 100,000 per business at favorable rates. The UJA-Federation of New York Entrepreneurial Fund for Jerusalem is funded by UJA-Federation of New York and managed by The Jewish Agency Loan Funds. The fund has helped establish and expand some 300 businesses in Jerusalem and the surrounding area with loans totaling some NIS 48 million, creating more than 1,200 new jobs in the city and serving as one of the primary funding sources for businesses in the recreation and restaurant industries.

At the same time, The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror continues to provide immediate financial assistance to Israelis affected by the recent wave of terror attacks. The grants are made possible by contributions from The Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod-UIA, and other donors. The initial assistance of some NIS 4,000 per family is meant to address urgent needs in the wake of an attack. Additionally, the fund will provide supplemental assistance of up to NIS 25,000 to each family recognized as victims of terror by Israel’s National Insurance Institute.

23 Oct 2015 / 10 Heshvan 5776 0
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