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23 November 2017 - 6 Kislev 5778 - ו' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Rabbi Michael Schudrich on the opportunity for renewed Jewish life in Poland Print E-mail

Rabbi Michael Schudrich was born in New York City in 1955. He was educated in Jewish day schools in the New York area and graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1977 with a major in Religious Studies. He then attended Columbia University and in 1982 graduated with an MA in History. He received a Conservative rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and later received an Orthodox one through Yeshiva University.

From 1983 until 1989 he served as the Rabbi for the Jewish community in Japan. During his early years he took many people to Eastern Europe and met the remains of the Jewish communities in various places. He knew something had to be done and in 1992 he moved to Warsaw and worked with the Lauder Foundation until 1998. In 2000 he became the Rabbi of Warsaw and Lodz and in December 2004 he was appointed Chief Rabbi of Poland, which is the position he holds until today.

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Efraim Halevy on the world’s current threats and life after Mossad Print E-mail

Efraim Halevy is a lawyer and an intelligence expert. He served in the Mossad for close to 40 years and was the head of the organisation from 1998 to 2002. He served as ambassador to the European Union and was the Head of the Israeli National Security Council under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Halevy was an envoy to five Israeli Prime Ministers (Shamir, Rabin, Netanyahu, Barak and Sharon) and is credited for his part in bringing about the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. He has also published the book Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad,

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Ambassador Vapni - says Mabuhay from the Land of Smiles Print E-mail

The current Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr Zvi Aviner Vapni, was born in Petach Tikva in 1963. From 1982 to 1985 he served in the Israeli Defense Forces. He then went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Jewish and European History and a Master's Degree in European History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

While studying for his degrees, Vapni led tours through Jerusalem with a focus on history and archaeology. He also lectured at the Open University, which is Israel’s biggest distance learning university.

“And then it happened. I made a major important decision almost accidentally.

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