New Group Works on Israel-Diaspora Ties

A group of prominent Israeli public figures has established a new body, the Israeli Jewish Congress, based on similar organizations in Europe, America and around the world, to create “a channel of mutual cooperation” between the Diaspora and Israel, and to advance the principles of Jewish identity and democracy as the fundamental principles of the State of Israel.

The initiative is the brainchild of Vladimir Moshe Sloutsker, a banker, politician and Jewish community activist from Russia who immigrated to Israel last year.

Sloutsker, who served as the chairman of the Russian Jewish Congress, the deputy chairman of the European Jewish Congress and as a senator in the Russian parliament’s upper house, said that upon arriving in Israel he was surprised to learn that no Jewish congress existed to advance these goals


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