World Jewish Affairs Division
The World Jewish Affairs Division, headed by the Adviser to the Foreign Minister on World Jewish Affairs, is responsible for maintaining contact with the Jewish communities throughout the world. This contact is carried out through the Israeli diplomatic missions abroad and in cooperation with bodies outside the Foreign Ministry.
The far-reaching changes in the situation of the Jewish people, the political changes in our region, immigration from the CIS, and changes in the Jewish-Israeli agenda combine to offer a historic opportunity to reevaluate relations between Israel and the Jewish world, including the question of the position of the State of Israel among world Jewry.
The areas of responsibility of the World Jewish Affairs Division include:
- explaining the political positions of the Israeli government in general, and the peace process in particular, to the Jewish communities, and seeking their assistance in achieving these goals;
- the formulation of a new agenda for Israel-Diaspora relations and involvement in "Jewish continuity";
- coordinating the issue of the restoration of Jewish property throughout the world, in coordination with the non-ministerial bodies dealing with the issue;
- gathering and follow-up of material on manifestations of anti-Semitism, incitement and Holocaust denial;
- issuing directives to the Israeli missions abroad on these matters and assisting in the coordination of visits of Jewish personalities and missions from abroad.
The Adviser to the Foreign Minister on World Jewish Affairs represents the Foreign Ministry on the Ministerial Committee for Immigration, Absorption and the Diaspora.
During 1997, in addition to the above areas, the Division was involved in issues relating to currents in Judaism. The Adviser to the Foreign Minister on World Jewish Affairs participated as an observer in the Ne'eman Committee on Conversion in Israel. The Division also coordinated the meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Diaspora Affairs with representatives of American Jewry, initiated and prepared meetings of the Israel-Diaspora Forum, and was also involved in the marking of the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews from Portugal.
Upcoming Seminars and Programs
Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders July 2011