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9 December 2016 - 9 Kislev 5777 - ט' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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Students find the perfect Jewish education for free E-mail

All around the world, parents and Jewish teens seek to balance the need for an affordable quality education and the desire for Jewish expression. And Jewish parents look for ways to provide their children with a solid Jewish identity and a quality education.

For many, the cost of fulltime Jewish education is prohibitive, yet a public-school education comes at the expense of the social discomfort. For many families, Jewish education is relegated to bar/bat mitzvah lessons, with the need for a solid academic foundation taking priority. To develop and maintain a strong sense of Jewish identity becomes a challenge for many teens and young adults.

Looking beyond the traditional options can hold the answer to all their needs. For some 1,600 Jewish students, the solution to this ever-common dilemma has an address. Though radical, these families have decided to invest in a non-traditional way, giving their children the adventure of a lifetime and sending them to high-school boarding programmes in Israel.

For Reeka Umardekar, of Mumbai, and hundreds of her Jewish peers enrolled in Naale Elite Academy’s 25 schools, they found the perfect fit. Naale’s programmes provide both an affordable education and great Jewish atmosphere. The tracks offer independent teens in 9th through 12th grade a top-notch Jewish education with a full scholarship.

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King Hezekiah’s royal seal discovered E-mail

The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar, have unearthed an impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah (727–698 BCE).

Measuring 9.7 X 8.6 mm, the oval impression was imprinted on a 3 mm-thick soft bulla (piece of inscibed clay) measuring 13 X 12 mm. Around the impression is the depression left by the frame of the ring in which the seal was set. The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script:

“Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah” and a two-winged sun, with wings turned downward, flanked by two ankh symbols symbolisng life.

The bulla originally sealed a document written on a papyrus rolled and tied with thin cords, which left their mark on the reverse of the bulla. This bulla came to light, together with many pottery shards and other finds such as figurines and seals, in Area A of the excavations (2009 season), supervised by Hagai Cohen-Klonymus.

The bulla was discovered in a refuse dump dated to the time of King Hezekiah or shortly after, and originated in the Royal Building that stood next to it and appears to have been used to store foodstuffs.

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International Council Of Jewish Women E-mail

The International Council Of Jewish Women (ICJW) represents Jewish women from all walks of life in many important international forums and is strategically positioned to confront and respond to the concerns of the Jewish community and women in general.

Globally every Jewish woman has the opportunity to align herself with ICJW which comprises a huge network of like-minded women working together for the betterment of all women.

Believing that women’s rights are human rights, ICJW lobbies for an end to discrimination against women in all spheres of life. In its battle against intolerance, ICJW campaigns alongside people of goodwill to combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of religious discrimination. ICJW at all times stands in support of Israel.

International Council of Jewish Women has consultative status as a non-government organisation (NGO) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and maintains permanent delegations at the UN in New York, Geneva, Vienna and at UNESCO in Paris.

ICJW is also strongly represented at the World Jewish Congress, the Council of Europe, European Women’s Lobby, Religions for Peace and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

In the spirit of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – our independent affiliates and their regional divisions choose their own action priorities. Our affiliates and members in 34 countries are involved in a wide range of volunteer activities, offering care services for needy populations, promoting grassroots social welfare projects, providing leadership training for communal activists, and advocating on issues of local and national concern.

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