The Jewish Agency is slated to pick a new chairperson within the coming weeks to replace Isaac Herzog who stepped down after being elected President of the State of Israel. Michael Jankelowitz, a commentator on world Jewish affairs and former international media spokesman at the Jewish Agency, called the chair of the organization one of “the most prestigious” in the Jewish world.” There are an unprecedented nine serious candidates vying for the post. Jankelowitz said that the political parties would not be planning a major role as they had in the past. He told reporter Arieh O'Sullivan that leading contenders are Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Gibraltar-born Fleur Hassan Nahum. The interview was recorded earlier today, BEFORE Elazar Stern withdrew his candidacy.