24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Spain to create a Ladino academy E-mail

Spain’s leading linguistic authority will create an academy in Israel dedicated to the study and preservation of the Ladino language.

Ladino, sometimes referred to as Judeo-Spanish, is an endangered species in the language world. Some estimates say fewer than 100,000 people currently know how to speak it.

Dario Villanueva, director of the Spanish Royal Academy, or RAE, said Ladino is “an extraordinarily important cultural and historical phenomena” that deserved its own academy. Nine Ladino specialists have been appointed to help start the institution’s work.

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Israel Kristal, world’s oldest man, dies E-mail

Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal, who last year was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man, died in Haifa, Israel, on 11 August, at the age of 113 years and 330 days.

Guinness World Records said Kristal was born in Poland on 15 September 1903, and survived the Auschwitz death camp, where his first wife, two children and other family members were killed by the Nazis. He married again after the war and moved to Israel in 1950.

Kristal was awarded a Guinness certificate as the world’s oldest man on 11 March, 2016, when he was 112 years and 178 days old.

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India looking to deploy smart Israel-developed barbed wire E-mail

India is deploying a smart Israel-developed barbed wire system along its border with Bangladesh. The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) is implementing an ambitious project called the comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS) as part of its plan to completely seal the India-Bangladesh and India-Pakistan borders in the next few years.

The aim of the system is to generate a “quick response team” when the CCTV-powered control room detects an infiltration attempt.

BSF is tasked with guarding over 6,300 kilometres of borders, which can be volatile and threatening.

“The new frontier guarding systems will bring a ‘sea change’ for the first time in this domain,” said KK Sharma, the Director General of BSF.

“The new equipment and technologies will be integrated, and a feed from CCTV cameras will go to the border outpost, where a monitor is installed. This will be monitored around the clock by two or three men.

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Conference in Israel focuses on Nepal’s agricultural developments E-mail

With an emphasis on Nepal, Israel’s “Learn & Earn” programmes for agricultural transformation were discussed in one of the special sessions during the 4th Annual Conference on Israeli Solutions for Sustainable Development, held on 26 July at Tel Aviv University.

Jalan Kumar Sharma, CEO of Sana Kishan Bikash Bank, was the main speaker. He gave a presentation about the utilisation of agricultural knowledge and skills gained by Nepali students in the Learn and Earn programme, and its impact.

Gil Haskel, Head of MASHAV; Hanan Goder, Former Ambassador of Israel to Nepal; Dr Ram Fishman from Tel Aviv University and other dignitaries were present during the conference.

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Warsaw church named “House of Life” for helping Jews E-mail

The Roman Catholic All Saints Church in Warsaw, which provided help to Jews in WWII during the Nazi German occupation of Poland, has been recognised as a “House of Life”.

A ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque in the church on 7 June was attended by representatives of the Polish government and Jewish organisations, Catholic Church leaders, the diplomatic corps and the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

The Church of All Saints, located within the perimeter of what was the city’s Jewish Ghetto during WWII, provided wide-ranging assistance to Jews.

It issued false baptismal certificates to hundreds of Jews who wanted to escape from the ghetto, offered meals and accommodation on the parish premises, and placed Jewish children in an orphanage set up in a Warsaw suburb in a house that belonged to the family of the parish priest, Father Marceli Godlewski.

In 2009, Father Godlewski was posthumously awarded a Righteous Among the Nations medal from the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.

Samuel Tenembaum, the son of the founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, said during the ceremony that after the Nazi German invasion of Poland, Father Godlewski could not stand idly by. Instead, he “provided shelter and food to Jews within the walls of this church, even though he realised that offering any kind of assistance to Jews was punishable by death.”

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