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23 October 2019 - 25 Tishri 5780 - כ"ה תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Abraham Israel hungry to make a difference Print E-mail

Abraham Israel was a successful accountant turned businessman who made a good living making shoes in China. He made aliyah. One day, he helped a woman – a total stranger – cross a busy street.

The woman needed more than a little help. As it turned out, “R” had multiple sclerosis. When Israel had gotten her across the street, he felt he needed to help her up to her flat. When they arrived there, he was shocked by its emptiness. R had no food.

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Dr. Robert J. Aumann, 2005 Nobel Prize laureate Print E-mail

Many people who accomplish great things in life have stories from their youth of people who vowed they’d never amount to much. Robert J. Aumann may be the only Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics to have been told by a high school guidance counselor to consider a career as an auto mechanic instead of academia.

Dr. Aumann was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1930, and moved with his family to the US in 1938. He holds degrees in Mathematics from City College, New York, and MIT. He made aliyah in 1956.

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A historian in search of the Jews of China Print E-mail

If you ask Chan Sui Jeung (aka “SJ”) to tell you the story of how the Jewish Historical Society of Hong Kong came to be, he’ll ask you if you have time for the whole story: “it takes about 45 minutes.”  It will take longer if you ask questions, but the time is well worth it.

How does a nice Hong Kong Chinese boy get involved enough with the Jewish people to be invited to speak at the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel Aviv? For SJ, the connection was entirely accidental.

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