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24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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More success for Hong Kong delegation at Maccabiah Games E-mail

International sporting events often feature a series of special moments that live long in the memory. At this summer’s 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, held from 4 to 18 July, members of the Hong Kong delegation were privileged to enjoy many special moments, both on and off the field of play.

The Maccabiah Games is the third-biggest sporting event globally and is held every four years in Israel. The 10,000 athletes who participated in this year’s Games were Jewish people from over 85 countries around the world. Considering the number of delegates (26) in the Hong Kong team, a haul of eight medals was mightily impressive. This was achieved by one remarkable individual, Krysia Allard, who won medals in all eight swimming events she participated in!

Four years ago another swimmer representing Hong Kong, Ana Scherer, won four gold medals and two silver medals in various swimming events. Para-swimming participant Aaron Zweig won a silver and a bronze, Eli Bitan won a silver medal in the Masters squash, and Tal Moriah won bronze in the Open taekwondo.

This year’s delegation was chaired by Dr Rafael Aharoni, Chairman of the Maccabi World Union-Hong Kong-Macau-China chapter, which he founded in 2004, and was professionally led by Steve and Erica Lyons. The real success of the delegation should be judged not on medal haul alone. Indeed, up against largely professional athletes, there was much to be proud of. The Open and Junior Futsal teams challenged and scored goals against illustrious football nations. Swimmers and triathletes, as well as chess, tennis and squash players, smashed personal bests and reached the latter rounds of their competitions.

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Strong results for students at Elsa High School E-mail

Mrs Rachel Friedmann, Principal of the Carmel School Association in Hong Kong, recently announced the results of the Elsa High School 2017 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The overall results of Class of 2017 exceeded the global IB average by several points. This is testament to the cohort’s hard work and perseverance over the two years of the Diploma, and to the personalised education provided by a high-quality faculty.

The overall average Diploma score was 34.5. Three students were awarded the Bilingual Diploma. And of particular note this year was the outstanding achievement of Saar Shtoser, who was awarded the perfect IBscoreof45outof45–the second student to achieve this in Elsa’s short history.

Commenting on Saar’s exceptional accomplishment, Mrs Friedmann said: “Saar is Elsa’s first student to study Hebrew Language A: Literature, which he did at Higher Level. In writing his other subjects in English, Saar was awarded a Bilingual Diploma, the highest-level IB Diploma, and in the view of many, the most prestigious High School graduating qualification in the world. Two other students who studied Mandarin as their Language A also received Bilingual Diplomas. We are delighted by these outstanding results, reaching new heights both at Hong Kong and global levels. Please join me in sending our warmest Mazal Tov wishes to the graduates and their families.”

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First-aid training collaboration in India Print E-mail

The Israeli National Emergency Medical Service, Magen David Adom (MDA) and the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) recently organised a joint project for capacitybuilding in the field of firstaid training.

Under the joint programme, chief trainers from MDA led special training workshops with trainers from IRCS, introducing methods and techniques that were developed and practised in Israel, and adapting them to meet local needs. A special session was also offered to students at the Red Cross headquarters in Delhi.

This humanitarian mission between India and Israel is an initiative aimed at sharing first-aid training methods that will be crucial in times of emergencies, natural disasters and accidents, and at teaching life-saving skills that will impact the health of billions of local civilians in India.

(Issue Sep 2017)

 
Israeli agricultural experts visit Myanmar E-mail

Professor Ayal Kimhi, the Sir Henry d’ Avigdor Goldsmid Chair in Agricultural Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and agronomist Dr Avri Bar Zur visited Myanmar from 21 to 26 July.

In light of the co-operation between Myanmar and Israel to share knowledge and experience on “Agro Economics”, the leading agricultural experts provided an opportunity for local government officials and students to gain insights and exchange views during their stay.

During the visit, Professor Kimhi and Dr Bar Zur met with Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and Dr Aung Thu, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, together with the Ambassador of Israel, Daniel Zonshine. They also visited the Ye Zin University of Agriculture and had a discussion with the rector and professors from the relevant departments.

On 24 July, Professor Kimhi gave a lecture at the Yangon University of Economics to the post-graduate students of Master of Business, Public Administration and Development Studies Programs. The faculty also hosted a round-table discussion on Agro Economics for the professors, with the vice president and members and other relevant representatives from the private and public sectors. The discussion was moderated by Dr Zaw Oo, Executive Director of the Central Economic and Social Development Research Center (CESD). The aim was to bring Israeli experience at a practical level in macro-economics, to see things that are relevant to Myanmar, to share and create dialogue, and to have an impact.

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HKHTC’s The Auschwitz Album Exhibition Print E-mail

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC) will be presenting a unique set of photographs from 11-18 September. The Auschwitz Album – an exhibition organised along with the University of Hong Kong’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures and in cooperation with Yad Vashem and the HKU Libraries.

The Auschwitz Album is one of the most significant photographic collections of 20thcentury European history. It contains the only surviving images documenting the systematic murder of European Jews by Germany between 1941 and 1945 at the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The images capture the arrival at Auschwitz of a Jewish transport from CarpathoRuthenia in May 1944. The most striking fact of the album is its discovery by Lili Jacob, a survivor of that very same death transport. The Auschwitz Album is a critical primary source reminding us of the horrors and barbarism that took place at heart of Europe over 70 years ago.

There will also be an opening talk, “The Auschwitz Album and its Historical Significance”, by Dr Roland Vogt at the HKU Main Library on 11 September at 6:00pm.

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(Issue Sep 2017)

 
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