Jewish Agency

  • הסוכנות היהודית
  • JAFI
  • Jewish Agency for Israel
Type of Entity
Corporate Body

Dates of Existence

Founded in 1921


The Jewish Agency is established in Yishuv to promote Jewish self-government as a part of the British Mandate by the League of Nations. The Jewish Agency was reluctant to expends funds on rescue, arguing moneys should be provided by international Jewish communities. However, some funding was spent on modest rescue efforts. This group tried to rescue Jews in Transnistria, urged the Allies to save Jews from concentration camps, advocated the bombing of railway hubs, and brought orphans to Palestine. However, the Jewish Agency refused to fund the Europa Plan or ‘Blood for Trucks’.


  • Dictionary of the Holocaust : Biography, geography, and terminology / E.J. Epstein, P. Rosen. – Westport, 1997. – p. 143, 144