Chief rabbi opposes new Western Wall plan

Chief Rabbi Lau calls for government to oppose new plan, avoid implementing any plan not approved by Chief Rabbinate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/28/2018, 12:49 PM

Yitzhak Herzog tapped to lead the Jewish Agency

Former Labor party leader, opposition head appointed leader of Jewish Agency, replacing Natan Sharansky.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/21/2018, 3:48 PM

'I'm not a man who gets excited, but this is exciting'

Israel Prize winner Natan Sharansky recalls the conversation with Minister Bennett in which he was informed he won the prize.Ben Ariel, 3/19/2018, 2:08 AM

Former refusenik Natan Sharansky wins Israel Prize

Jewish Agency chief and former minister jailed for 9 years by Soviet Union selected for Israel Prize's lifetime achievement award.David Rosenberg, 3/18/2018, 4:33 PM

PM Netanyahu: Iran will succumb to pressure from the free world

At event honoring Natan Sharansky, PM Netanyahu calls on free world to pressure Iran to cease oppressing its citizens and neighbors.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/8/2018, 11:18 AM

'George Shultz will be remembered as liberator of Soviet Jews'

30 years after his release from prison, Natan Sharansky presents Sec. of State George Shultz with award for contribution to struggle.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/18/2017, 10:24 PM

Natan Sharansky shows children how to make peace sandwiches

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky delivers back-to-school message for Israeli children and parents.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/31/2017, 11:16 AM

Sharansky condemns Charlottesville white supremacist rally

Jewish Agency chairman condemns neo-Nazi rally in which counter-protester was murdered.Gary Willig, 8/14/2017, 7:05 PM

Sharansky: The Western Wall must be a place of joy

Jewish Agency chairman recalls first time seeing picture of IDF soldier at the Kotel in Soviet Russia, says Kotel should be for all Jews.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/31/2017, 4:35 PM

3 paratroopers from famed Kotel photo return 50 years later

3 IDF soldiers from famous photo from Western Wall return to holy site on 50th anniversary of victory. 'As exciting as the first time.'JTA, 5/24/2017, 7:55 PM

Jewish Agency invites Aerosmith frontman to apply for Aliyah

Invitation comes after concert last night in Tel Aviv, during which he told an estimated 50,000 fans that he is 'making Aliyah.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/18/2017, 12:51 PM

'It's time all who hold democratic values put politics aside'

Jewish Agency Chairman and former refusenik Natan Sharansky calls on world to stem wave of anti-Semitism.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/1/2017, 2:24 PM

Sharansky to stay an extra year as Jewish Agency chief

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Executive for the Jewish Agency for Israel, will head the organization for an extra year.JTA, 3/1/2017, 6:29 AM

Immigration to Israel declined in 2016

13% drop in rate of immigration to Israel in 2016.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/27/2017, 7:50 AM

Jewish Agency brings 1,100 French high school students to Israel

1,100 French seniors from Jewish high schools have come to Israel as part of the annual 'Seniors in Blue and White' program.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/18/2016, 5:02 PM

New mayor of Rio says his city should be 'walled like Jerusalem'

Rio's new mayor told Jewish leaders that the Brazilian city should be 'walled like Jerusalem' to prevent drugs and weapons smuggling.JTA, 11/24/2016, 1:43 AM

300% jump in Aliyah from Brazil

Jewish immigration from Brazil to Israel reaches highest level since 1970s.David Rosenberg, 11/20/2016, 5:27 PM

Israel celebrates first 'Aliyah Day'

Israel marked first 'Aliyah Day' today, celebrating the contributions of immigrants to Israeli society.JTA, 11/8/2016, 7:40 PM

Not recognizing converts could tear Jewish people apart

Rabbi Lookstein, who oversaw conversion of Ivanka Trump, warns divisions over Orthodox conversion will harm Jewish people.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/30/2016, 6:33 PM

Natan Sharansky won't seek new term as head of Jewish Agency

Natan Sharansky announces he will be stepping down from his position as chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel in June.JTA, 9/7/2016, 3:48 AM

'Africa’s future depends on Israel'

Christian African leaders met and planned with Natan Sharansky over the Jewish Agency's work on the continent.Rachel Kaplan, 7/27/2016, 2:47 PM

Sharansky: Jews still uncomfortable in France

Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky warns that French government's efforts to help Jews haven't calmed concerns.JTA, 7/7/2016, 1:16 PM

Israeli Rabbinate accused of 'slapping converts in the face'

Harsh words at demonstration over rabbinate's refusal to accept prominent American Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's conversions.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/6/2016, 11:56 AM

Jerusalem protest: 'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin join protest over Rabbinate's refusal to recognize conversions by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.Rachel Kaplan, 7/6/2016, 9:31 AM

Report: Jewish Agency pushing Reform movement's agenda

Liba Center releases new report on Jewish Agency's role in promoting Reform, Conservative Judaism in Israel.Benny Tocker, 7/5/2016, 3:15 PM

Sharansky: No future for Jews in France

Rising Arab immigration and spiraling anti-Semitism spells the end for Europe's largest Jewish community, Jewish Agency chief says.JTA, 6/28/2016, 7:00 PM

Martin Luther King III to recognize Ethiopian Jewish activists

Idan Raichel, former MK, and prominent journalist to be recognized for their work for the Ethiopian Israeli community.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/4/2016, 3:54 PM

Government has three months to come up with new Kotel plan

Court tells government to present new plan within three months, refuses to give temporary injunction against Women of the Wall.JTA, 4/5/2016, 11:07 AM

Sharansky marks 30 years: No power can stand against us

30 years after making Aliyah, former Prisoner of Zion speaks about Soviet Jewry's rediscovery of their Jewish identity and 'enormous power.'Yoni Kempinski, 2/26/2016, 9:01 AM

Jerusalem Unity Prize welcomes nominations

Prizes to be handed out for Local, National and Global Efforts to Unite the Jewish Community.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/27/2016, 2:20 PM

Michael Douglas to advocate for Israel on US campus tour

With Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, actor to speak with students about 'Jewish journeys,' importance of a Jewish state.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/20/2016, 9:32 PM

Aliyah from Western Europe highest ever

According to the Jewish Agency figures, nearly 8,000 Olim came from France as a result of rise in anti-Semitism.Shoshana Miskin, 1/14/2016, 9:02 PM

Record-setting numbers of new olim arrived in 2015

30,000 people made aliyah this year, largest amount in more than decade. All-time high of 7,900 from France.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/29/2015, 2:20 PM

Gov't, Jewish Agency sign 1B public housing deal

2,650 public housing units to be built for Israel's poorest immigrants.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/27/2015, 8:44 PM

Sharansky blasts Arab MK who snubbed American Jews

Jewish Agency chairman says MK Ayman Odeh is trying to score "cheap political points" at the expense of members of his community.Ben Ariel, 12/13/2015, 3:25 AM

200 French Immigrants Arrive as French Aliyah Takes Off

French Aliyah up 11% since 2014; Israel expecting between 30,000 - 35,000 new immigrants this year - the most since 2005.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/28/2015, 1:41 PM

Sharansky: Jewish Agency 'Troubled' By Conversion Decision

Jewish Agency Chairman said Sunday that party politics must not decide an issue of such great importance for the future of the Jews.Moshe Cohen, 7/5/2015, 9:29 PM

Jewish Agency Mobilizes to Battle Campus Anti-Zionism

30% more emissaries to be dispatched to fight for Israel on campuses in six countries, including BDS hotbeds.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/24/2015, 4:20 PM

Recalling When 'Jewish Housewives Defeated the KGB'

Exhibit celebrating 25 years to release of Soviet Jews launches in NYC, and reminds when Jews are united they can achieve the 'impossible.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/10/2015, 12:08 PM

Sharansky Calls to Stop Ethiopian Protests, Return Calm

Only by working together will we find the path toward overcoming the obstacles that lie ahead,' the Jewish Agency chair warns.Tova Dvorin, 5/4/2015, 4:29 PM

Sharansky in Copenhagen: The Jewish People Embrace You

Jewish Agency Chairman attends funeral of security guard who was murdered outside the synagogue in Copenhagen.Avi Haim, 2/19/2015, 4:13 AM

'There is No Future for Jews in Western Europe'

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky urges gov't to invest more money in Aliyah, ahead of expected 15,000 new immigrants in 2015.Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin, 2/17/2015, 9:09 AM

Sharansky: UK Anti-Semitism Report 'An Important Step'

Natan Sharansky praises UK parliamentary step to stop anti-Semitism, says it confirms Jewish Agency's own reports 'from years ago' on hate.Tova Dvorin, 2/10/2015, 9:27 AM

Avital Sharansky Tells of Jewish Courage at 'Three Teens' Forest

Wife of Jewish Agency chief and former international advocate for Soviet refuseniks tells of modern-day Jewish heroism.Hillel Fendel, 2/8/2015, 9:37 PM

Michael Douglas Selected as 2015 Genesis Prize Winner

Actor and peace activist, Michael Douglas, will be awarded the Genesis Prize for his 'professional achievements and passion for Judaism.'Cynthia Blank, 1/15/2015, 2:59 PM

Sharansky: Europe Must Be as Concerned as We Are

On his way to attend mass rally in Paris, Natan Sharansky shares his thoughts on Jews' security in Europe and immigration to Israel.Hezki Baruch, Paris, 1/11/2015, 1:16 PM

Aliyah Figures at Highest in a Decade; France Leads the Way

26,500 new immigrants in 2014 with France leading for first time ever, and Ukraine immigration up by 190%, as aliyah continues to flourish.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/31/2014, 2:00 PM

Thousands of Jews Converge in UK for Limmud Conference

Thousands of Jews from 27 countries have gathered in Coventry for the Limmud Conference 2014.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/28/2014, 11:56 AM

1,100 French Jewish Teens Celebrate Hannukah in Jerusalem

Large-scale high school trip part of Jewish Agency efforts to increase French Aliyah (immigration).Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/19/2014, 10:19 AM

Aiding in Aftermath: 50 Million NIS Package Raised for Negev

Jewish Agency's aid project 'is continuation of the Jewish world’s outpouring of solidarity with the people of Israel,' Sharansky says.Cynthia Blank, 10/27/2014, 4:00 PM

Jewish Agency Bringing Ukrainian Jewish Community to Israel

Dozens of Jewish teens cool off in Israel over the summer, as conflict in Donetsk heats up - and Aliyah rises.Tova Dvorin, 8/15/2014, 12:48 PM

Increasing Jewish Identity a 'Strategic Imperative'

Government officials emphasize the need to reach out to Diaspora Jewry during Government of Israel-World Jewry Joint Initiative conference.Tova Dvorin, 6/24/2014, 10:30 AM

Watch: Natan Sharansky Speaks on French Aliyah

What are the driving factors behind over 1% of the French Jewish community moving to Israel in 2014? Special Arutz Sheva interview.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/24/2014, 9:56 AM

Jewish Agency: 'Dramatic' Rise in French, Ukraine Aliyah

By the end of the year, the Jewish Agency says, fully 1% of French Jews will have made aliyah.Moshe Cohen, 6/22/2014, 5:59 PM

Jewish Agency Sends Delegation to Brussels in Show of Support

Sharansky lights memorial candle in Brussels, commits to help Jewish community continue normal life after shooting attack.Tova Dvorin, 5/30/2014, 2:13 PM

Jews Make Aliyah Amid Ukraine Airport Battles

Jewish Agency rescues six Jewish immigrants to Israel, despite Ukrainian and pro-Russian clashes at Donetsk airport.Ari Yashar, 5/27/2014, 6:29 PM

Sharansky: We'll Help European Jews Defend Themselves

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky promised to provide help for the community in Belgium after Saturday's attack.Yosef Berger, 5/25/2014, 9:37 PM