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Zukerman playing in Asia E-mail

Israeli violinist, pedagogue and conductor Pinchas Zukerman is currently playing a series of concerts around the Asia region.

The tour includes Singapore, with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Seoul with the Seoul Philharmonic; Nagoya with the Nagoya Philharmonic; a solo recital in Taipei, and Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta on 14 June (Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall). He will also give master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory from 6-9 June.

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New beast on the Asian Kosher menu? E-mail

Kosher diners in New York and other American cities have been enjoying kosher bison for years, and now, says Rabbi Shlomo  Amar, diners in Jerusalem can as well. The ruling declares that the short-horned water buffalo native to Israel are kosher.

But shortly after the news hit, Rabbi Yosef Elyashuv, another leading authority, declared that as there was no tradition of the animal ever being schected and consumed in Israel, the animal could not be kosher.

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Philippines Honoured with Holocaust Monument E-mail

Rishon Lezion will erect a monument to the Philippines, according to Mayor Meir Nitzan, in honour of that nation’s efforts to save Jewish lives during World War II. The Philippines Foreign Ministry has also formally announced the mayor’s recent decision.

Manuel L. Quezon, who was president of the Philippine Commonwealth during the war, offered 10,000 visas to desperate Jews in Austria and other countries annexed by the Nazis.

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Strong turnout for annual appeals dinner E-mail

Keren Hayesod and United Israel Appeal held their annual appeals dinner on 30 March 2006 at the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre.   

An enthusiastic crowd listened to two inspiring guest speakers. Miriam “Miri” Eisin, a retired colonel with the IDF, spoke about how Israel has changed since the second Intifada.

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Pensioner Leader E-mail

One veteran of the Palmach from the War of Independence looks set for a portfolio in the new Israeli government.

Rafi Eitan, 79, leads the Pensioners’ Party, which showed surprising strength in the election. A member of the undercover squad that abducted Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, Eitan was also Jonathan Pollard’s spymaster.

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