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22 January 2020 - 25 Tevet 5780 - כ"ה טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Quezon’s Game premieres in Tel-Aviv E-mail

A Filipino film on the late President Manuel L. Quezon’s heroic deeds toward Jews during the Nazi regime was premiered in Israel.

The film entitled Quezon’s Game was showcased at Cinematheque, Tel-Aviv, on 27 October.

Two hundred guests, including Israeli government officials, attended the special screening of the movie.

The film depicted Quezon’s kindness for thousands of Jews escaping the Holocaust in Germany and Austria, also featuring the former President’s difficulties when bringing Jewish refugees into the Philippines.

The movie was initially aired in the international film festival circuit in December 2018 where it took home 23 awards, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Foreign Film.

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Israel’s National Library looking to digitise E-mail

The National Library of Israel announced that it is working with Google to digitise 120,000 books from its extensive collection of Jewish texts and upload them to the internet for public use.

The library said in a statement this week that its contribution will significantly increase the percentage of Hebrew texts available on Google Books.

The National Library has already begun transporting 50,000 books to Google’s digitisation centre in Germany, using climate-controlled shipping containers.

Another 20,000 will be scanned in-house due to their rare or fragile nature.

The texts undergoing this process vary in subject matter; items include a Hebrew book for school children with Yiddish translation, an Italian translation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and a news article from Berlin on the history of the Jews in Cochin, India.

Roughly half of the texts, which date from the 18th to 20th centuries, are in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino, while the rest are in Latin, English, German, French, Arabic, and Russian.

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Lithuania to issue first-ever euro coin featuring Hebrew inscription E-mail

The Bank of Lithuania has recently announced it is planning to issue a new collectable €10 coin to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of leading 18th century Jewish rabbi, the Vilna Gaon.

Born in 1720 as Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, the Vilna Gaon was a prominent Jewish adjudicator and the foremost leader of the Misnagdim, a countermovement to the Chasidic movement in eastern Europe. Through his commentary on the Talmud and other texts, he became one of the most familiar and influential figures in rabbinical study since the Middle Ages.

The coin is set to be released in the second quarter of 2020 and will be the continen
tal currency’s first
mintage to feature
an inscription in
Hebrew
The obverse
of the coin bears
the symbol of Lithuanian Jews (Litvaks) – a stylized menorah representing the community’s identification as citizens since the 14th century reign of Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania.

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