Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Issac Herzog spoke tonight (September 12) with the head of the Jewish community of Bahrain, Ebrahim Nonoo, with whom he has been in contact for some time. The two officially agreed that The Jewish Agency will collaborate with the Bahraini Jewish community to develop community life and provide additional services, similarly to all Jewish communities around the world.
Two weeks ago, Herzog concluded a similar agreement with the UAE’s Jewish community.
The Bahraini Jewish community is small, totaling 50 Jews. Most of its members arrived in Bahrain from Iraq decades ago, and earn their living working in commerce and services industries. Nonoo’s sister is a well-known diplomat in the Foreign Service of Bahrain, who has served for several years as the Ambassador of Bahrain to the United States.
Nonoo asked the Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for tools to support Jewish education, enhance Jewish identity and cultivate community life.
Following this conversation, a Jewish Agency team will be established in the coming days, headed by the organization’s CEO, Amira Ahronoviz, who will be working with the head of the Bahraini Jewish community and members.
Chairman of the Executive Isaac Herzog said, “I congratulate the leaders of Israel, Bahrain and the United States on the important agreement that will enable us to work together with the Bahraini Jewish community. I was happy to congratulate my friend of many years, Ebrahim Nonoo, who will soon be able to visit Israel freely with his family. The Jewish Agency can now support another Jewish community in the Middle East, just as we support all Jewish communities around the world.”