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Donor Circle 2009

The Jewish Agency is making things happen. Check out our highlights page periodically and see how we are partnering with purpose to secure our Jewish future. Read incredible aliyah stories. Learn about exciting educational programs in Israel for young adults all over the world. See how we are intensifying our partnerships with world Jewry  through the UJC/Federations and Keren Hayesod, to effect transformative change for the next generation. 

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Cultural Extravaganza
People flock to Cultures of Israel Day at the Jewish Agency Raanana Absorption Center.
Israel Draws Young Professionals
MASA post-graduates (Left to Right) Jessica Jaffe, Matthew Goodman and Stepan Kliment, meet with Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, as part of a briefing at the Begin Center in Jerusalem.
This Changed Us
December 20, 2009 / 3 Tevet 5770 Robert FoxRobert Fox of Philadelphia, who participated in a November mission throughout Israel with groups from the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, the
Baltimore Teens Visit Sister City Ashkelon
December 17, 2009 / 30 Kislev 5770 Fourteen teenage girls from Baltimore recently visited their sister city, Ashkelon, as part of the MASA Baltimore Encounters program.
Room with a View
A family from Yemen living at the Beit Canada Absorption Center in Ashdod.
On the Wings of Eagles
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (L), and Chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, Natan Sharansky, speaking to the 2009 Journey
'A Badge of Honor for Israeli Society'
Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, with Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, at a tribute event to thank 'At home Together' volunteers.
Ethiopian Immigrants Become Bar and Bat Mitzot in Moving Celebrations
Bat Mitzvah girls proudly display their certificates officially marking their entrance to Jewish adulthood.
UJIA Mission Possible Impacts Lives of Children in the North of Israel
Mission Possible participants with Youth Futures children from Ma'ale Yosef during a recent targeted visit to Israel.
Toronto Supporters Meet Youth Futures Children at Michal Negrin's Bat Yam Factory
Michal Negrin, an internationally known Israeli designer, helps a Youth Futures participant at her Bat Yam factory.
Dutch Pro-Israel Group Helped Bring Over 100,000 Immigrants to Israel
Natan Sharansky (center) meets with members of Christenen Voor Israel (Christians for Israel - Holland).
Remembering Mendel Kaplan
From New York to Hadera
Philanthropists Denise and Andrew Saul on a recent visit to Hadera.
One People: New York Philanthropists Experience Israel Up Close
November 23, 2009 / 6 Kislev 5770 Sherry and Robert Wiener of New York are invited on stage by the Amigour Bat Yam Choir, comprised of senior residents of the Jewish Agency's Amigour apartments.
High Time for High Tech
Young Leaders from the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles mingle with high school students from Net@, a Jewish Agency supported program that teaches young people technology skills.
American Yogis Give Ofakim Natural Stress Busters
November 18, 2009 / 1 Kislev 5770 "Why not go to Israel?" asked Leslie Gurland after her yoga teacher mentioned that she was volunteering her healing arts skills in Ecuador.
San Diego Women's Mission Experience Jewish Agency Programs
Women's Mission of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County Discover Israel November 15, 2009 / 28 Chesvan 5770 Twenty-six delegates from the Women's Mission of the Jewish Federation of San Diego
An Emotional Preschool Encounter
November 12, 2009/25 Cheshvan, 5770 Galit was a little girl in the Pearce Preschool in Kiryat Motzkin when Linda Rosensweig took part with her parents – Henry and Sally Pearce – in the preschool’s
Immigrant Soldiers Visit Absorption Center
November 9, 2009 / 22 Cheshvan 5770 Immigrant Ethiopian soldiers serving in the Michve Alon Education Corps army base in the Upper Galilee paid a memorable visit to the Jewish Agency Beit Alpha
A New Library Opens in Tel Hai
November 1, 2009 / 11 Cheshvan 5770 On Tuesday, October 27, the new Malcolm and Dorothy Woldenberg Library was formally dedicated on the new campus of Tel Hai College.
“Faster, Higher, Stronger”
October 26, 2009 / 8 Cheshvan 5770 Last Monday, the King David Society members visited the Olimpic Experience Center in Tel Aviv.
Trying to Fulfill a Dream
October 25, 2009/7 Heshvan, 5770 23-year-old Abay Mengistu's dream to become a doctor is well known within the Jewish community of Denver, Colorado.
Reaching Out to the Boys of Ben Yakir
October 22, 2009 / 4 Cheshvan 5770 On Thursday, October 22, 2009, Ben Yakir’s students faced an unthinkable reality: their prized therapeutic animal corner was burglarized and all 53 goats were
South African Family Discovers Israel
Tucer family meet with immigrant physicians at the Jewish Agency Ashdod Absorption Center and visit a protected playground in Sderot October 13, 2009 / 25 Tishrei 5770 It is not uncommon for Jews
Israel Welcomes Norwegian Supporters
October 11, 2009 / 23 Tishrei 5770 A delegation of 50 Norwegian supporters arrived during the Sukkot holiday as part of a mission of solidarity with the State of Israel.
David Solomon Visits Sderot
September 23, 2009/5 Tishrei 5770 David Solomon, a Jewish donor from Philadelphia and among the future leaders of North American Jewry, recently visited Israeli communities near the Gaza border.
Three Generations Support Israel's Lone Immigrant Soldiers
Kagan family mission kids holding up finished care packages September 10, 2009 / 21 Elul 5769 Koby with kids from the Kagan Family mission On Tuesday, August 25th, three generations of the
United Jewish Israel Appeal Comes to the Galilee
September 9, 2009 / 20 Elul, 5769 Representatives from the United Jewish Israel Appeal recently had the unique privilege of attending a festive bar mitzvah celebration of 40 immigrant children from
A Promising Day of Firsts in Kiryat Yearim
September 2, 2009 / 13 Elul 5769 For the 142 boys and girls studying at the Kiryat Yearim Youth Aliyah Village, September 1st was not just the first day of another school year.
Technology Center for Immigrants
August 26, 2009 / 6 Elul 5769 The technology center for new immigrants in Rishon Letzion began as the dream of Eva and Morris Feld and now serves hundreds of new immigrants helping them build their
Homeless Holocaust Survivor Receives Assistance from Amigour and the "Forever" Program
August 25, 2009 / 5 Elul 5769 Ivgeny Bistritzky, a 71 year old Holocaust survivor who survived Babi Yar as a three year old, made aliyah to Israel in the 1990’s and for the past 8 months was homeless
Volunteer Day at Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center
August 23, 2009 / 3 Elul 5769 Last month, the Jewish Agency for Israel hosted tourists from all over the world at the Jewish Agency absorption center in Mevesseret Zion.
Southern Israel Welcomes Distinguished Guests
August 19, 2009 / 29 Av, 5769 The summer season has brought some very important guests to southern Israel.
A Bar Mitzvah Gift of Tikkun Olam
August 16, 2009 / 26 Av 5769 Celebrants were beaming as Benjamin Sternklar-Davis gave his thank you speech at yesterday's playground dedication ceremony in Sderot.
Sharing a Dream of a Stronger and Healthier Israel
August 10, 2009 / 20 Av 5769 While hosting an American family in their home for coffee and home-baked bread at the Jewish Agency's Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center, an aspiring young new immigrant
Volunteer Teachers Connect with Israeli Youth
English summer camp participants in class August 5, 2009 / 15 Av 5769 Last Tuesday, on July 28, a moving banquet was held at the Jewish Agency's Nitzana Rural Educational Community to celebrate the
UJC Young Leaders Volunteer
August 2, 2009 / 12 Av 5769 A United Jewish Communities (UJC) Young Leadership Delegation, numbering 170, arrived in Israel in early July.
Australian Visitors in Israel
August 2, 2009 / 12 Av 5769 80 years since the founding of the Jewish Agency, family tours organized by the Jewish Agency have become a traditional way of expressing commitment to the fulfillment of
Retired Ambassador Asher Naim Visits Mevassert
August 2, 2009 / 12 Av 5769 Ambassador (ret.
Supplying Success in the School Year
July 20, 2009 / 28 Tammuz 5769 On the morning of July 16th, when the Shir Tikvah Congregation from Portland, Oregon arrived at the Jewish Agency Barnea Absorption Center, they had two missions to
Dedication at Sderot's Netivim Center
July 14, 2009 / 22 Tammuz 5769 An inauguration ceremony took place recently at the Netivim Center in Sderot.
With a Song in Their Hearts
July 14, 2009 / 22 Tammuz 5769 As part of their Historic Mission from Poland to Israel, a delegation of 40 hazzanim (cantors) from the Cantors Assembly, the largest body of Hazzanim in the world with
Bar Mitzvah Donation Helps Ethiopian Youth Get 'On the Ball'
July 9, 2009 / 17 Tammuz 5769 On July 1st, 14 Ethiopian children celebrated their completion of the 'On the Ball' program: a year of tennis and educational enrichment activities at the tennis center
Impacting Aliyah from Ethiopia to Israel via NY
July 6, 2009 / 13 Tammuz 5769 On a recent visit to the Jewish Agency's Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center, Ms.
Natan Sharansky’s Acceptance Speech
Natan Sharansky, newly elected Chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive addressing the Jewish Agency Board of Governors flanked by Richard PearlstoneChairman of the Board of Governors.
Planting a Future at Ben Yakir
June 30, 2009 / 8 Tammuz 5769 A delegation of senior donors from Jacksonville, Florida visited the Jewish Agency's Ben Yakir Youth Village on June 21.
Connecting through Dance
June 29, 2009 / 7 Tammuz 5769 A delegation of families from the Am Shalom Synagogue in Chicago visited the Jewish Agency's Merchavia Absorption Center on June 17th.
Ayalim Student Village Dedicated to the Memory of Max Fisher
June 28, 2009 / 6 Tammuz 5769 The cornerstone of a student village that will bear the name of the outstanding Zionist leader, Max Fisher z"l, was laid on Friday, June 19, 2009 in the Negev.
Paying Tribute to Our Donors and Partners
June 25, 2009 / 3 Tammuz 5769 As part of the events surrounding the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors’ meetings and commemorating the Agency’s 80th year of work, a festive, emotion-filled evening of
The Legend of Mrs. Judy
June 23, 2009 / 1 Tammuz 5769 On June 18th, a scheduled tour the Jewish Agency's Amigour Residence in Bat Yam by Keren Hayesod June Conference members was welcomed with great enthusiasm, including a
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