Featured Stories 2009
The Featured Stories archive takes you behind the scenes to meet the people benefiting from Jewish Agency programs. Find out about an Ethiopian immigrant whose participation in Jewish Agency’s Sparks of Science program has opened up a whole new world for her, a world that will give her the scholastic ability and the self-esteem necessary to advance in today's science and technology fields. Read about high school students who join the Jewish Agency Naale program and become productive Israeli citizens, giving back to the country that has already given them so much.
|Over 200 New Immigrants from South Africa, United Kingdom and France Make Israel their Home|
Sean Porter (Left), Sean Greenberg (foreground), Brad Goldblatt (right). Fresh off the plane from Johannesburg.
|For the First Time in a Decade: Rise in Immigration|
December 29, 2009 / 12 Tevet 5770 In 2009, for the first time in a decade, the number of immigrants to Israel rose from the previous year.
|My Challenge Is To Explain Why Israel is Preferred|
Bella Lvovich, the Jewish Agency's emissary in Tashkent. By the end of 2009, 550 people from Central Asia will have settled in Israel.
|Israel is a Warm Home|
"My decision to come to Israel on the Naaleh program when I was 15 was completely spontaneous. I didn’t think about the consequences.
|Natan Sharansky Receives “Man of Year” Award in Moscow|
December 21, 2009 / 4 Tevet 5770 The Union of Jewish Communities of Russia conferred upon Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky the title of “Man of the Year” in a Dec. 20, 2009 ceremony in Moscow.
|From Lone Soldier to Proud Citizen|
"The courses we took in the pre-discharge seminar were great. They even taught us how to write our resumes in Hebrew and interview for jobs.
|We are Architects of the Jewish Future|
John Ruskay, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, looked back on ten years of dedication to the Jewish community. "We are the architects of the Jewish future," he said.
|Special Chanukah Activities Held at the Tzahal 9 Absorption Center in Safed|
December 17, 2009 / 30 Kislev 5770 The atmosphere at the Jewish Agency’s Tzahal 9 Absorption Center in Safed was happy and festive, as the immigrants, who have been in Israel for all of one month,
|Insider Look at Israeli Economy|
Over 20 Israeli businesspeople attend a lecture by Yossi Bachar, incoming chairman of Israel Discount Bank, at the Shibolet law firm in New York.
|Arkia Brings Youth to Israel for a Weeklong Educational Tour|
December 17, 2009 / 30 Kislev 5770 Approximately 800 high school seniors from dozens of Jewish schools in France are arriving in Israel this week as part of the Jewish Agency’s “High Schoolers in
|We Are One Global Jewish Village|
Daniel Altschuler, 20, who made aliyah three weeks ago from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lights the 5th Hanukkah candle with Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.
|The Knock Out Jew|
December 14, 2009 / 27 Kislev 5770 On Monday, December 14, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky met with the Jewish boxer Dmitry Salita, the light welterweight champion of the United States, and
|Argentina: Postcards to Gilad Shalit|
December 10, 2009 / 23 Kislev 5770It was an emotional moment at the Red Cross offices in Argentina on December 10, International Human Rights Day, when students from the Shalom Alechem and Hillel
|Hanukkah in the Homeland|
December 10, 2009 / 23 Kislev 5770 For many new immigrants, this year marks the first time they have celebrated Hanukkah in Israel.
|Jazz, the Rimon School, and Masa|
December 10, 2009/23 Kislev, 5770 Amikam Kimelman is the principal of the Rimon Music School in Ramat Hasharon.
|Memphis, Israel and Videotape|
Elior Brenner (Left) and Katie Freeman (holding dog, right), former IDF Soldiers who served in the Oketz canine unit, both shared their stories with Jewish students in Memphis via video conferencing.
December 6, 2009 / 19 Kislev 5770 In preparation for Hanukkah, students from abroad living in Israel and participating in the Hadassah / Young Judaea Year Course, gathered in Beit Ar-El to wish
|In Changing Times, New Peoplehood Hub Asks What Jewish People Can Do Next?|
Over 30 educators and leaders met in New York in May 2009 for The Global Taskforce for Jewish Peoplehood Education to further planning for the Jewish Peoplehood Hub. Photographed (l to r): Dr.
|From Ethiopia to Jerusalem: A Journey Home|
Avera hard at work on a painting. "My art reflects my Ethiopian heritage and my Israeli identity.
|Tragic Loss of Beloved Pilot|
Ran Lapid during a flight November 25, 2009 / 8 Kislev 5770 The shock of the devastating helicopter crash that recently claimed the lives of four pilots over Israeli shores is being felt by Jewish
|Pennsylvania Leader Inspired By Jewish Agency Social Services|
Dan Onorato, Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate, visiting children from the Jewish Agency's Youth Futures program in Netivot.
|Celebrating the Sigd Festival|
November 15, 2009/28 Cheshvan, 5770 Ethiopian Jews, members of the Beita Israel community, have been celebrating the Sigd festival each year on the 29th of Cheshvan ever since the sixth century C.E.
|An Emotional Reunion|
October 29, 2009 / 11 Cheshvan 5770 An aircraft that landed in Israel on October 27, 2009 carried a group of new immigrants to Israel – as well as an extraordinary story of an emotional family
|First Bar Mitzvah of this school year in Ben Yakir|
October 25, 2009 / 7 Cheshvan, 5770 This morning we held a special prayer in Ben Yakir Youth Village, when the first student this year celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and read his Parsha.