May 23, 2021, 10:00 am
Exclusive Israel Briefing from Jerusalem with Isaac Herzog: Sunday, May 23, 10-11 am. Join UJA-Federation and Larchmont Temple for an insider’s look at Israel with Isaac Herzog, chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Mr. Herzog will be live from Jerusalem, in conversation with UJA President Amy A.B. Bressman. Together they’ll explore the impact of the pandemic in Israel, ties between Israel and American Jews, aliyah and more and take questions. Register here.
Isaac Herzog is the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a UJA partner. He is the son of the sixth president of Israel, Chaim Herzog; grandson of Israel’s first chief rabbi, Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog; and nephew of Israel’s former Foreign Minister Abba Eban.
Mr. Herzog was appointed chair of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel in June 2018. Before entering his position at The Jewish Agency, Mr. Herzog served as member of Knesset since 2003. He served as the chair of the Israeli Labor Party since 2013, as well as the Knesset opposition leader.
In 2015, Mr. Herzog was a front-runner to win the election for Israel’s prime minister. He led the alliance between the Labor Party and the Hatnua Party to create Israel’s largest center-left political party and was the leading candidate to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the national elections.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Herzog has held several ministerial posts: minister of Housing and Construction; minister of Tourism; minister of Diaspora Affairs, Society, and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism; minister of Welfare and Social Services, as well as being a member of the Security Cabinet. He also served as government secretary and as the Government of Israel coordinator for the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza, 2008 – 2009.
Before entering politics, Mr. Herzog was a senior partner at the law firm of Herzog, Fox & Ne’eman. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife, Michal. They have three sons.