Jewish Agency Press Releases



  • My job, as Mayor of Yoav, is to ensure the constant training of the Emergency Teams, to put out regular updated bulletins, to visit the various communities and talk to the people, and to try to keep the panic level as low as possible.

    Window Onto Yoav: Testimony from Southern Israel

    "I will try to give you an overview of life in Israel in general and Yoav in particular during this very difficult period." A letter from the Mayor of Yoav.

    16 Jul 2014 / 18 Tamuz 5774
  • Israeli children taking cover in a nursery in Hod Hasharon.

    Report: Voices From Rocket-Battered Southern Israel

    'This morning I woke up with the definition of an “emergency procedure”.'

    16 Jul 2014 / 18 Tamuz 5774
  • Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, our shlichim around the world have taken the lead.

    Global Report: Jewish Agency Shlichim Respond to Operation Protective Edge

    Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, our shlichim (emissaries) worldwide have taken the lead in Israel activism. A special report from the Shlichim Unit.

    16 Jul 2014 / 18 Tamuz 5774
  • “They’ve been bouncing off walls, they haven’t left their homes for a week, and I see how much fun they are having here, and the weight that has been taken off their shoulders, at least for a little while. They are used to sirens going off all the time

    Shafayim Water Park A Welcome Relief for Children in the Line of Fire

    Thanks to support from the Jewish Federations of North America, today The Jewish Agency brought about 600 children from southern Israel into the Shafayim Amusement park in central Israel.

    16 Jul 2014 / 18 Tamuz 5774
  • These two young ladies from France are arriving home soon, with some 400 new olim. We're waiting with open arms.

    400 New Immigrants from France to Arrive in Israel Today

    Aliyah flights organized by The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption; dozens of the immigrants will be moving to southern Israel

    16 Jul 2014 / 18 Tamuz 5774
  • The volunteers are helping translate materials into their native tongues, adapt the messaging to their specific national audiences, and contribute their own unique perspectives based on their experiences in Israel.

    Masa Participants from Around the World Join Online Public Diplomacy Effort

    National Public Diplomacy Directorate and Masa Israel Journey join forces to establish joint public diplomacy war room; Masa participants from around the world join effort to present Israel's case to the world using social media

    15 Jul 2014 / 17 Tamuz 5774
  • New immigrants and staff run to bomb shelter in Ashdod's immigrant absorption center, as 'Code Red' siren goes off during Operation Protective Edge.

    From Lugansk to Code Red in Ashdod

    "Once the war began, the Israeli consul in Lugansk helped us leave Ukraine. We had passports, and soon we received assistance from The Jewish Agency and the organization "Ezra." They even escorted us to the plane which brought us to Israel. They secured us entirely, everything was very smooth and organized, and I thank The Jewish Agency and "Ezra" for helping us arrive in peace."

    14 Jul 2014 / 16 Tamuz 5774
  • Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky presents Svetlana and Evelina Fumin, whose Sderot home was damaged by a rocket from Gaza last week, with financial assistance from The Jewish Agency's Fund for Victims of Terror.

    "Moving and Inspiring": Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky Visits Rocket-Battered Southern Israel, Conveys Solidarity and Support of World Jewry

    Jewish Agency Fund for Victims of Terror extends financial assistance to families affected by rocket attacks; Sharansky visits damaged home with shelter built by Jewish Agency subsidiary, presents family with financial assistance; Sderot, Ofakim mayors thank Jewish Agency and world Jewry for support.

    14 Jul 2014 / 16 Tamuz 5774
  • “My heart is in the east, but I am far away in the west.” Pnina Gaday Aganyahu, Washington DC.

    A Message from Washington DC's Community Schlicha, Pnina Agenyahu

    It’s no longer just on the outskirts of Gaza, it’s ALL over: from Dimona in the south to Hedera in the north. And even though I am thousands of miles away, I feel what my friends and family are going through thanks to their ability to involve me in what they’re going through at any given moment.

    14 Jul 2014 / 16 Tamuz 5774
  • 1,500 children enjoyed recreational activities at sites around Jerusalem today.

    Jewish Agency Takes More than 10,000 Children from Rocket-Battered Southern Israel for Rest and Recreation Activities Outside the Line of Fire

    1,500 children enjoyed recreational activities at sites around Jerusalem today. Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky met the children at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo this afternoon. Sharansky: "Thanks to the immediate action of world Jewry, The Jewish Agency is able to offer a real-time response to the residents of southern Israel."

    14 Jul 2014 / 16 Tamuz 5774
  • The Balsha family celebrated their traditional wedding, according to religious law, as part of their conversion process to Judaism.

    Wedding Under Fire

    “We are trying to keep to normal routine as much as we can, even in states of emergency."

    10 Jul 2014 / 12 Tamuz 5774
  • Israelis take cover in Tel Aviv as rocket siren goes off.

    The Movie You Haven't Seen

    For all the “movies we have already seen,” you haven’t seen this one. Watch it and weep. Weep for all that we have already lost and all that we may lose. Pray that this is all over soon and the familiar images stop.

    10 Jul 2014 / 12 Tamuz 5774
  • Tamar Amar-Polak, 28, was once a recipient of Jewish Agency services for victims of terror.

    From Victim to Healer

    Tamar Amar-Polak, 28, was once a recipient of Jewish Agency services for victims of terror. Now, she provides much-needed therapies for others who need it in southern Israel.

    10 Jul 2014 / 12 Tamuz 5774
  • A summer's day in Jerusalem.

    In Israel, A People United

    "Being here has reinforced my sense of peoplehood. We all share one destiny, as we are strengthened by one other." Chairman of the Board Charles Ratner writes from Jerusalem.

    09 Jul 2014 / 11 Tamuz 5774
  • Bomb shelter in Israel.

    Violence in Israel Escalates: The Jewish Agency Responds

    As rockets from Gaza continue to rain on Israel, we're working closely with the Israeli government to help local communities.

    08 Jul 2014 / 10 Tamuz 5774
  • On July 3rd, the Amigour Home in Sderot was hit by a mortar rocket fired by the Hamas from the Gaza Strip.

    Amigour Building Damaged by Hamas Rocket

    On July 3rd, the Amigour public housing facility in Sderot was hit by a mortar rocket fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. Amigour is a Jewish Agency subsidiary company that provides quality housing to new immigrants, single parent families, and the elderly -- including 5,000 rocket-proof apartments.

    07 Jul 2014 / 9 Tamuz 5774
  • French Jewish children who will be immigrating to Israel this summer with their families participate in this evening's farewell event in Paris

    First Half of 2014 Sees Dramatic Increase in Aliyah (Immigration to Israel)

    "We Await You at Home": Chairman Sharansky and Minister Landver Attend Paris Farewell Event for French Jews Immigrating to Israel in Coming Weeks

    03 Jul 2014 / 5 Tamuz 5774
  • אמילי חלימי ובעלה לעתיד נתן שאותו פגשה בתכנית

    From Tahiti to Israel, With Love

    Naomi Amselem says: “Tahiti is my island, but Israel is my home.” Amselem just received her Israeli identity card at a ceremony organized by The Jewish Agency’s Global Aliyah Center, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Absorption. Welcome to MASA-Identity.

    02 Jul 2014 / 4 Tamuz 5774
  • The New Envoys - An Ethiopian and a Bedouin Flying the Flag for Israel

    Eginsu Meyer's aliyah journey has taken her from Africa to Israel and now London. Reprinted from The Jewish Chronicle.

    02 Jul 2014 / 4 Tamuz 5774
  • In This Period of Inconsolable Mourning

    Statement from Natan Sharansky and Charles Ratner. "Millions of Israelis enveloped the boys' families with love and support. And the families themselves—Iris and Uri Yifrach, Bat-Galim and Ofir Shaer, and Racheli and Avi Fraenkel—gave us strength with their unswerving faith and noble response to their personal tragedy, a tragedy that so many Israelis and so many Jews feel as their own."

    01 Jul 2014 / 3 Tamuz 5774
  • The Jewish Media Summit, held in Jerusalem this past week, brought hundreds of journalists to discuss how the media can better connect Israel and the Diaspora.

    Jewish Media Summit a Chance for Journalists to “Learn More About Israel and About Each Other”

    Aiming to strengthen ties between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to create a direct media channel between Israel and Jewish media outlets; and to discuss and create new platforms for sharing information, the Jewish Media Summit brought over a hundred correspondents, editors, bureau chiefs and publishers together in Jerusalem. The Jewish Agency for Israel's Sarah Bronson reports.

    27 Jun 2014 / 29 Sivan 5774
  • The Jewish Agency honored Jane Sherman, member of the Bord, and Louise Paktor, head of the Jaeger Foundation and long-time leader in Keren Heyesod, for their generous decision to fund a major new scholarship fund.

    Jane Sherman and Louise Paktor Launch New Scholarship Fund for Youth Village Alumni

    At its Board of Governors meetings this week in Jerusalem, The Jewish Agency honored Jane Sherman, member of the Board, and Louise Paktor, head of the Jaeger Foundation and long-time leader in Keren Heyesod, for their generous decision to fund a major new scholarship fund, which will enable alumni of Jewish Agency Youth Villages to attend pre-army academies (“mechinot”), vocational training, or universities. The Jewish Agency's Sarah Bronson reports.

    24 Jun 2014 / 26 Sivan 5774
  • Mothers of kidnapped Israeli teens comfort each other.

    #BringBackOurBoys: The Fight for the Kidnapped Israeli Boys Continues

    The Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors today (Tuesday, June 24) joined the global call for the release of the three kidnapped Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel, and Gil-Ad Shaer. The Board of Governors' June meetings opened on Sunday with the recitation of Psalms on the teens' behalf. Today, hundreds of Jewish leaders from around the world held up placards bearing the phrase #BringBackOurBoys during the meetings' closing plenary. In Geneva, Rachel Frankel, mother of kidnapped Israeli teenager Naftali Frankel, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    24 Jun 2014 / 26 Sivan 5774
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Jewish Agency Board of Governors at the Knesset earlier today, June 23.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Edelstein Address Jewish Agency Board of Governors

    Netanyahu: "The power of our nation and our people is based on the strength of our Jewish identity. I want to thank you for investing in our common future."

    24 Jun 2014 / 26 Sivan 5774
  • Natan and Avital Sharansky Visit Families of Kidnapped Teens, Convey Solidarity and Prayers of World Jewry

    Chairman Sharansky: "When I was in prison, in full isolation, I felt strong because I knew that world Jewry was standing strong with me. I am certain that Eyal, Gil-Ad, and Naftali are feeling the same powerful support of world Jewry today."

    16 Jun 2014 / 18 Sivan 5774
  • Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Sofa Landver, and Chairman of The Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky alight the final flight of Operation Doves Wings

    Joint Effort Between Jewish Agency and Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption to Promote Aliyah, Aid Immigrant Absorption

    Chairman Sharansky: "The dramatic increase in Aliyah from France demonstrates that the partnership between The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption can produce real results, and we look forward to further enhancing our cooperation." Minister Landver: "This is a special partnership that underscores the centrality of Aliyah promotion to the agenda of the ministry and the National Institutions, and we welcome it wholeheartedly"

    09 Jun 2014 / 11 Sivan 5774
  • Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky in Jerusalem

    Government of Israel Approves Joint Initiative with World Jewry

    Initial sum of NIS 570 million to be invested in joint initiatives to connect young Jews to their Jewish identity and to Israel. Sharansky: "Israel needs a strong Jewish world and the Jewish world needs a strong Israel"

    01 Jun 2014 / 3 Sivan 5774
  • "Nothing will help so long as Europe's political and intellectual leadership refrains from declaring all-out war against the demonization of the Jewish state."

    Sharansky on Yesterday's Attacks in Brussels and Paris

    Chairman Natan Sharansky issues a statement following yesterday's attacks in Brussels and Paris.

    25 May 2014 / 25 Iyar 5774
  • Another Side to The Jewish Agency for Israel: The International Bible Contest

    "Many of us are familiar with the Jewish Agency’s tireless efforts to bring endangered Jews to Israel and to successfully integrate them into Israeli society," Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein of Memphis, TN writes. "Others may be familiar with the Agency’s services for at-risk youth, immigrants and the elderly and its programs to revitalize Jewish life and foster Jewish identity all over the globe. But you may not be familiar with the Jewish Agency’s sponsorship of the International Bible Contest – Chidon HaTanach HaOlami – an annual competition for Jewish teens around the world who compete for the title of Tanach (Bible) World Champion."

    19 May 2014 / 19 Iyar 5774
  • In Kiev, hope is mixed with despair, optimism with anxiety.

    Live from Ukraine: View from the Edge

    The Jewish Agency's Roman Polonsky reports from Ukraine: “This is the calm before the storm,” many say. “What will we do in case of emergency? How will you save us?” My answer: This is the entire reason of my visit. It is why we increased the number of our shlichim (emissaries) in the area, and why we are doing all the work necessary to prepare for the worst. You are not alone; not only is The Jewish Agency with you, but all of Israel and the entire Jewish world.

    12 May 2014 / 12 Iyar 5774