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31 May 2020 - 8 Sivan 5780 - ח' סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Israel hospital in collaboration agreement with Chinese rehabilitation facility E-mail

The Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital in Tel-Aviv has signed a collaboration agreement with the China Rehabilitation Research Center (CRRC), the largest such facility in China.

Having joined the Sino-Israel Hospital Alliance last June, this partnership meets the hospital’s goal of engendering more symbiotic relationships with hospitals across China.

The signing ceremony in October took place as part of the visit of the hospital’s director, Dr. Dov Albukerk, at an international conference in Beijing, and was initiated by the Chinese hospital.

Earlier this year, Albukerk was also invited to lecture in Jǐnán, China, at a national summit initiated by the Chinese Ministry of Health on China’s strategy for addressing the global challenge of population aging.

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WJC to honour former US Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley E-mail

World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder will honour former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on 6 November with the WJC’s annual Theodor Herzl Award.

The prestigious Award recognises outstanding individuals who work to promote Herzl’s ideals for a safer, more tolerant world for the Jewish people.

Joel Grey, the legendary actor, singer, director, and photographer, will be presented with the WJC’s fourth Teddy Kollek Award for the Advancement of Jewish Culture.

Of Haley’s nomination, Lauder said: “Throughout her tenure, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, proved to be a giant in this realm [of championing tolerance], exemplifying [the USA’s] unwavering friendship for Israel and commitment to world Jewry, relentlessly calling out the biases and double standards that pervade in the United Nations and its bodies and demanding action.

“As Ambassador Haley proclaimed in her first days in the position, a new day has dawned indeed at the UN. Thanks to Ambassador Haley, and her allies, the international community is waking up.”

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Israeli contestant crowned Miss Congeniality at a beauty pageant E-mail

As part of an annual beauty pageant held in the Philippines on 4 October at the Philippine International Convention Centre, an Israeli participant was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.

In all, around 50 beauties participated from all around the worldincluding Israel’s Noy Ben-Artziat the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant.

The Tel-Aviv native, 22, was chosen by her fellow 53 competitors to receive the title at the Manila event.

According to an Israeli publication, in one segment of the pageant Ben-Artzi requested to walk hand-in-hand with a pageant contestant from Lebanon, but the latter refused to cooperate and the joint walk was cancelled.

She said about receiving the honour, “In my eyes, this is the most significant award, because I won it by the vote of the other contestants, and to me that means I also have character, and not just beauty.”

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Bar-Ilan University offering free online Bible studies E-mail

Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan has recently opened its free nine-week online course on Bible studies.

Each student is expected to devote two to four hours per week to the course.

Since first being offered in 2017, some 10,000 students from around the world have taken the course, amongst them residents of many African, Asian, and South American countries.

There have also been participants from many countries in the Middle East, including Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran.

Offered by the Zalman Shamir Department of Bible at Bar-Ilan, the course offers introduction to the Bible set against the background of the rich archaeological findings from the Ancient Near East.

The goal of the course is to introduce students to the fascinating world of Israel’s neighbouring civilisations in biblical times, and offer a comparative study that examines the relationship between the Bible and these civilisations.

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Rabbi in life-saving rescue missions in India E-mail

As a trained paramedic for emergency services group United Hatzalah in India, Chabad envoy Rabbi Menachem Bakush continues to save lives.

“It’s our job to help people wherever they are and to save their lives. I consider this a great mission,” the rabbi explained to the local newspaper Mako News.

A few days later, he had treated an Israeli traveller who had altitude sickness, and even volunteered to fly with her to a New Delhi hospital for further medical treatment.

During his volunteering expedition, the rabbi has saved the life of another Israeli hiker, who fell from a 40-foot waterfall in the Manali area. He was the first responder on the scene, and was able to administer medical treatment.

As thanks, large group of hikers created a Facebook post to praise the rabbi for his important work in saving human lives.

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