Jewish Agency launches 'Global Center' program

Project to provide information about developments and programs in Israel.

zeev bielski 298.88 (photo credit: IDF)
zeev bielski 298.88
(photo credit: IDF)
The Jewish Agency launched its new "Global Center for Israel" project on Sunday with the aim of providing a more accessible and convenient way for Jews abroad to find information about developments and programs happening in Israel. Up-to-date advice on issues ranging from employment possibilities to buying an apartment will all come under the purview of the center. Agency director-general Moshe Vigdor told The Jerusalem Post that the new initiative, which incorporates an around-the-clock call center manned by specially trained bilingual professionals, will also act as a starting point for a potential immigrant's aliyah process. "Instead of people having to come and visit us in our offices worldwide, they can simply call up our base in Israel and we will send emissaries to them," he said. Using advanced computerized systems and state-of-the-art technology, the Jewish Agency hopes in the long term to amass a large database of Jews who have shown interest in Israel. Vigdor also emphasized that he specifically wished to encourage young people abroad to take advantage of the system in order to find out about the various annual educational programs that take place in this country. When asked what kind of impact he hoped the new program would have, he noted that last year Israel absorbed over 24,000 new immigrants, and predicted "that this new strategy of ours will help increase that number to 30,000." The official opening, held at the Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem, was hosted by Jewish Agency Chairman Ze'ev Bielski, who declared his "excitement about the possibilities of the Global Center" and hoped that in due course the expected high demand would lead to an expansion of the current taskforce and facilities.