Sallai Meridor served as the Chairman of the Jewish
Agency for Israel and the World
Zionist Organization from 1999-2005. Prior to this, Mr. Meridor served as the Treasurer of the Jewish Agency and WZO and as the Head of the Settlement Division of the WZO.
the years of his chairmanship, the Jewish
Agency underwent a major transformation.
The strategy and activities of the Agency
were focused on dealing with the Jewish future
- the young generation of Jews. Major initiatives
included the Masa national effort to bring
20,000 young adults per annum from the Diaspora
for a year-long formative experience in Israel,
focusing the activities of the Agency in
Israel on young Israelis and young Olim,
special Aliyah efforts
from FSU, Ethiopia, Argentina,
and strategic preparations for dealing with
the future challenge of Aliyah choice. In
response to the war of terror against
Israel, a global Jewish mobilization effort
and a major emergency campaign was launched.
Internally, the budget of the Jewish agency
was balanced, agreements to eliminate $700M
in debt (which put the agency at risk) were
reached, and the Agency took a historic step
by restructuring its governing bodies to
include significant nonpolitical representation
from Israeli society. Finally, with a view
toward the Jewish future, the first ever
Jewish People Policy Planning Institute was
Prior to his work with the Jewish agency, Mr. Meridor served as an advisor to the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. In his governmental service, he was involved in the designing of Israel's foreign and defense policies, played a role in the peace process leading to the Madrid
Peace Conference, participated in the negotiations that followed as the representative of the Ministry of Defense, and led Israel's Inter-Agency Steering Committee on Arms Control.
Born and educated in Jerusalem, Mr. Meridor earned his B.A. degree at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. He served as an Intelligence Officer in the IDF. He lives in Kfar Adumim with his wife No'a. They are the proud parents of three daughters.
Sources: Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC