Reappraising JAFI's Missions in Israel

By Gerald B. Bubis

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), August 1, 1997

The author examines past trends, present issues, and proposals for structural changes as the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) engages in a reexamination of its mission and structure. He argues that Israel's centrality for Jews worldwide is no longer a given; however, many issues still confront and vex world Jewry. He asserts that JAFI remains in potentia a vehicle for connecting Jews and continuing to make a difference in tomorrow's Israel and suggests four possible future models for JAFI: 1) JAFI as a transfer agent of social services to the Israeli government; 2) JAFI as a resource for the expansion of volunteerism and supporter of innovation in Israel; 3) JAFI as a venue for identifying and funneling issues of concern to Jews into Israeli society and its government; and 4) a combination of the first three.

Topic: Organizational Development, Israel Attachment, Jewish Organizations, Unity

Name of Publication: Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints

Volume/Issue: 363

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Bubis, Gerald B. Reappraising JAFI's Missions in Israel. Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1 August 1997:


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