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16 October 2019 - 18 Tishri 5780 - י"ח תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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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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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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