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Daily Briefing Oct. 19 – Desperately seeking a new Jewish Agency chair

Diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman discusses agency’s hunt for a leader and Swedish diplomat’s visit; US reporter Jacob Magid offers a scoop on Israeli embassy work in Chicago

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Today’s guests are diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and US reporter Jacob Magid, hosted by Jessica Steinberg.

Magid tells the podcast about the recent visit of Israeli ambassador Gilad Erdan to the South Side of Chicago, where an Israel trauma model is being used to cope with gun violence. He discusses the motivation of the Israeli embassy to work on a grassroots level in the US, finding a way to connect to communities and minorities.

Berman discusses the possible candidates for Jewish Agency chairpeople, now that Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern’s candidacy has been withdrawn.

He fills us in on the politics of filling the position, and what’s needed in this significant job that oversees the cross-section of the global Jewish community and Israel.

Berman also speaks about Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde’s visit to Israel, the first by a Swedish official in over a decade, as relations between the two countries have thawed in recent months.

Discussed articles include:

Jewish Agency postpones vote for chairman after Stern scandal

In decade’s 1st Israel visit by a Swedish FM, Linde vows to combat antisemitism

Enough of MLK and Heschel: Israel outreach in Chicago aims to form new narrative

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