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21 September 2017 - 1 Tishri 5778 - א' תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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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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New Prime Minister's China connection E-mail

Ehud Olmert, the new Prime Minister, had been Ariel Sharon’s closest ally. Olmert served in the Israel Defense Forces first as a military correspondent and then in the Golani combat brigade.

He was a 2-term Mayor of Jerusalem, the first member of Likud to hold the position. He headed Likud’s election campaign in 2003 and subsequently negotiated the coalition agreement.

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Ohel Leah Synagogue gets new rabbi E-mail

Rabbi Martin van den Bergh has been appointed as the new  Rabbi of Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah Synagogue.
He is a native of Holland who was raised in Zimbabwe and educated in London at Montefiore College.  

Rabbi van den Bergh has served extensively as a community rabbi in more than one large congregation  in the United Kingdom.

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How israelis voted in the recent election E-mail

Israeli citizens voted on 28 March, giving 29 Knesset seats to Kadima, a new party formed by Ariel Sharon and headed by Ehud Olmert. Voter turnout – at 63% – was the  lowest in Israel’s history.

It may not have been such a surprise that Kadima gained so many seats, or that Labour – with 19 – came in second. But the strong showing for Yisrael Beiteinu, led by Russian immigrant Avigdor Lieberman, surprised many.

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