Professor Yedidya Stern will serve as President and CEO of the Institute for Jewish People’s Policy (JPPI), founded by the Jewish Agency, replacing Avinoam Bar-Yosef who has accompanied the institute since its establishment and is now retiring. The institute, established in 2002 by the Jewish Agency, is the only one of its kind in the world. Professor Stern, together with the Institute’s experts, will lead strategic thinking and policy recommendations to address the main challenges facing the Jewish people – in Israel and around the world – including issues of Jewish identity, the tension between religion and state, the struggle against anti-Semitism, anti-Semitism and Israelism. .
The institute’s experts promote strategic thinking around fundamental issues that contribute to the prosperity of the Jewish people, with Israel at its center, and formulate policy recommendations that are presented to decision-makers in Israel and around the world. The institute’s flagship is the annual assessment submitted annually to the Israeli government, which reviews the geopolitical reality and the situation of the Jewish people on key issues including the struggle against anti-Semitism and de-legitimization of Israel, identifying immigration opportunities, identifying demographic trends in the Jewish world and building an ongoing dialogue between Israel.
Professor Yedidya Stern is renowned in Israel and around the world as a jurist and researcher of society and state, who has written and edited books and policy studies in these fields. He is a professor in the Faculty of Law at Bar Ilan University, where he also previously served as dean and holds a doctorate in law from Harvard University in the United States. Professor Stern serves as a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute Issues between religion and state and between Judaism and democracy Professor Yedidya Stern is a resident of Jerusalem, married to Dr. Keren Friedman-Stern, a psychologist and father of eight.
Professor Stern’s election was led by a committee of the institute’s board of directors, which presented its recommendation to the Jewish Agency’s chairman, Yitzhak Herzog, who warmly approved it. The institute’s board is headed by Ambassador Stuart Eisenstadt (former US Secretary of State and Secretary of State) And Ambassador Dennis Ross (who has held senior positions in the U.S. administration). Prominent leaders from around the Jewish world are among the members of the institute’s board of directors.
Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Yitzhak Herzog: “Professor Yedidya Stern will bring his many years of experience and deep acquaintance with issues that are at the heart of the Jewish people and the State of Israel and will present an original and mediating voice in an era of internal tensions in the Jewish people and Israeli society. I thank the President and CEO The institute’s graduate, Avinoam Bar-Yosef, for his many years of contribution to the institute’s achievements in areas of strategic importance to Diaspora Jewry and Israel. “
The incoming president of the Jewish People’s Policy Institute, Professor Yedidya Stern: “It is a great privilege to head an institute that is a central and unique thinking arm of the Jewish people at present, which is a time of great opportunities and challenges. The institute will continue its blessed current activities and develop strategic thinking and thinking in the coming years. Policy on four levels: Jewish society in Israel, Jewish society outside Israel, the relationship between Jewish society in Israel and abroad, and the relationship between all Jews and the non-Jewish world. I thank my predecessor, Avinoam Bar-Yosef, who led the institute with great success, the search committee headed by Ambassadors Stuart Eisenstadt and Dennis Ross and the chairman of the Jewish Agency, Yitzhak Herzog, for their support and trust.
President of the Jewish People’s Policy Institute Avinoam Bar-Yosef: “I sincerely welcome the election and am convinced that Professor Stern will lead the institute to new heights at a time when the Jewish people face very significant challenges. The establishment of the Jewish People’s Policy Institute was an opportunity for me to create a life enterprise. The best planning minds in Israel and the Jewish world.They represent a very wide range of opinions from left and right and all identities in Judaism from ultra-Orthodox to secular. “I would like to thank the Jewish Agency for encouraging the independent thinking and professional freedom of the institute out of a desire to provide a significant strategic service to world Jewry.”
Ambassador Dennis Ross and Ambassador Stuart Eisenstadt, co-chairmen of the Jewish People’s Policy Institute: “The Jewish People’s Policy Institute was founded with a clear and challenging task ahead: to focus on identifying challenges and opportunities for Israel and the Diaspora to ensure the prosperity of the Jewish people. And he was our first choice. We could not be happier than the fact that Professor Stern will now lead the institute. The Institute is even more relevant in tackling the challenges facing Israel and the Diaspora.We both owe a deep thank you to Avinoam Bar Yosef for his tireless efforts to build and shape the unique capabilities of the Institute since its founding by the Jewish Agency in 2002. We also deeply appreciate the time and effort of my members “The locating committee in their joint work with us to find the best new leader for the institute. We know that under the leadership of Yedidya Stern the institute will increase its power.”
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