Jewish Agency, Interfaith Group Deal Angers U.S. Jewish Leaders

January 3, 2008

Author: Anshel Pfeffer

Source: Haaretz

An agreement on increased cooperation between the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has upset many American Jewish leaders.

The agreement was signed two weeks ago by Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski and IFCJ President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The IFCJ will give the agency NIS 180 million over the next three years, to be used for its immigration and absorption programs. In exchange, Eckstein, who already sits on the agency's Board of Governors, will become a full executive member, with voting rights.