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21 August 2019 - 20 Av 5779 - כ' אב ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Hadassah delegation attends WOC E-mail

A prominent Hadassah Medical delegation participated in the recent World Opthamology Congress (WOC) held in Hong Kong from 28 June – 2 July.

The international event drew participation from over 1,200 international speakers, 2,000 exhibitors and 10,000 delegates.

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Caretaker of Ohel Moishe dies E-mail

Wang Fa Liang, caretaker of Ohel Moishe Synagogue, passed away on 30 April 2008 in Shanghai, China at the age of 88. Nearly every visitor of the Ohel Moishe Synagogue remembers the smiling old man with horn rimmed glasses, the story teller of Hongkou who was able to bring the past into the present.

Mr. Wang was born on May 21 1919 in the poor area of Hongkou and lived since his early childhood as a neighbour to the Jewish refugee community.

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HIAS focuses on aid for refugees from Myanmar E-mail

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), founded in 1881, provides essential lifesaving services to world Jewry through its mission of rescue, reunion and resettlement, but the HIAS also demonstrates core Jewish values by responding to the needs of non-Jews who face oppression.

Historically, the HIAS has a record of responding to the needs of non-Jewish refugees and immigrants from places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Tunisia, Vietnam, and the former Soviet Union. In total, the organisation assists refugees from more than 100 countries.

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TV journalist Saragusti visits Asia-Pacific E-mail

Anat Saragusti, a senior TV journalist in Israel and a director of documentary films, made a visit to the Asia Pacific region in mid-June.

Ms. Saragusti was the senior editor for Channel 2 News for four years. Currently she is a TV correspondent in Sderot where Kassam rocket attacks have become a common reality.

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Feng Shan Ho posthumously honoured E-mail
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Passport of Feng Shan Ho

The US Congress is sponsoring an exhibit to honour the heroism of China’s Feng Shan Ho. Feng Shan Ho, the Chinese consul-general in Vienna from 1937 to 1940, went against his superiors orders to save Jews from the Nazi regime by issuing transit visas.

Ho, a career diplomat, was born in Hunan Province. He rose quickly in China’s diplomatic ranks. While posted in Austria he witnessed the systematic cruelty of the Nazi’s against the Jews in the 1930’s and was aware of the hurdles that Jews attempting to escape faced.

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