The program marks the end of Isaac Herzog's tenure as head of the Jewish Agency before he takes up the reins as Israel's newest president.
The chairman of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, Michael Siegal, arrived in Israel on Thursday to begin the process of replacing Isaac Herzog as the Agency chairman.
Stern can and should be chairman of the Jewish Agency because throughout the course of his army service and entire life, the programs he has spearheaded have been the prefect training for this role.
The Jewish Agency is probably the most underappreciated office in Israel’s capital.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said: “I cannot think of a better or more able representative of the State of Israel and the people of Israel – Jews and Arabs, religious and secular."
Herzog, a mensch and likable man of whom very few have a bad word to say – quite a feat considering the amount of time he has been in public life – is experienced, diplomatic and statesmanlike.
Elazar Stern, who is orthodox but liberal, is viewed favorably by the Reform and Conservative movements, who have influence in choosing who gets the post.
The prime minister met with presidential candidate Miriam Peretz at his Jerusalem office on Sunday and will be meeting Peretz's opponent, Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog, on Monday.
It was organized by the Council of Youth Organizations, the Jewish Agency and other civil society organizations.
Shimon Shetreet and Yosef Abramowitz are still trying to join the race.