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March of the Living Vice Chairman rallies up support in Asia E-mail

Aharon Tamir, the Vice Chairman of the International March of the Living, and his colleague, David Ben Naeh, met with community leaders of the various groups within Hong Kong’s Jewish community.

Tamir and Ben Naeh were the guests of honour at a lunch designed to encourage participation in the March, scheduled for April, from all branches of the community.

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JAPAN'S JEWISH COMMUNITY BRINGING FAR EASTERN JEWS CLOSER E-mail

Deep in the wilderness, six time zones from Moscow, just north of the Russia/ China border, sits the tiny and nearly forgotten Jewish community of Birobidjan.

Birobidjan is the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region (JAR) of the former Soviet Union, created by Stalin in 1934 as the “Jewish socialist homeland”.

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Israel recalls Australian ambassador after racist remarks E-mail

Ambassador Naftali Tamir was recalled back to Israel following the publication of racist remarks.  He was quoted commenting that, “We don’t have yellow skin and slanted eyes…Asia is basically the yellow race.”

This is apparently the first time an Israeli envoy to Australia has been recalled.  Tamir was appointed to the Australian post in February 2005 and also serves as non-resident ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.  He is a seasoned diplomat having also served as the Israeli envoy to Finland and filling roles in Washington and Tokyo.

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Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks tours Asia Print E-mail

Cheif Rabbi of the Britsh Commonwealth, Sir Jonathan Sacks, will pay an annual visit to the Hong Kong Communty as part of his tour of the region.

Rabbi Sacks will attend a number of functions. The highlight of the Chief Rabbi’s Hong Kong visit will be the induction of Rabbi Martin van den Bergh, at Ohel Leah, on 4 November.

 

(Issue November 2006) 

 
A reason to celebrate for Guangzhou E-mail

Chabad of Guangzhou recently celebrated the dedication of a new Sefer Torah.  This small community, established in 2003, serves a small permanent community as well as large numbers of businessmen traveling throughout the region.

The dedication drew 250 participants, far exceeding all expectations.  

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