21 November 2018 - 13 Kislev 5779 - י"ג כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Model’s marriage proposal in Taiwan goes viral E-mail

Bar Zomer, a famous Israeli model and Internet celebrity with 430,000 followers on Instagram, posted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend while she was vacationing at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan. The lake, known for its tranquil and picturesque scenery, is one of the island’s most famous tourist destinations.

The Instagram post attracted more than 880,000 viewers in just two days, and turned Sun Moon Lake into a trending topic in Israel, according to Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau.

Apparently, the bureau invited her to Taiwan in August in the hope of attracting more tourists from the Middle East. She later asked her boyfriend, Aviv Cohen, who is also a photographer, to go with her.

Later, with the help of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Singapore Office, Cohen secretly planned to propose to Zomer in front of the beautiful scenery of Sun Moon Lake. Zomer was surprised and happily accepted the wedding proposal.

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Senior Krav Maga instructors visit India E-mail

Israeli instructors of the Krav Maga method of selfdefence were in India in September to give life-skills training in self-defence.

The art of Krav Maga was originally developed in Europe to protect Jewish communities, and many migrants then introduced it into Israel. When the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began training its members in Krav Maga it became very popular, and was later made mandatory. It was also taught to Israeli civilians.

Krav Maga is well known globally, and by learning its techniques, men and women of all ages can keep themselves safe in the real world. Teachers of the method say it is easy to learn because it is based on people’s natural reflexes and real-life situations.

Refael Kashani, the National Director of the Krav Maga Academy in Canada, has been involved in Krav Maga for 26 years, and headed the training programme in India. While the first phase of the programmes was led by Israeli instructors, Kashani’s aim is to find and train Indian instructors in future.

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Sharp increase of Israelis receiving Polish passports E-mail

Recent data released by the embassy of Poland in Israel regarding the approval of naturalisation applications by Israelis shows that around 11,000 Israelis became Polish citizens during the years 2015-2017, more than the total for the years 2002-2010.

In total, the embassy issued 28,736 passports to Israeli applicants during the years 2002-2017. Poland is a member state of the European Union and its citizens may settle and work anywhere in that Union’s 28 member states.

About 200,000 Jews and their relatives left Poland in the 20 years that followed the founding of Israel in 1948 amid widespread expressions of anti-Semitism and other economic circumstances.

In January this year, Poland’s parliament passed a law that briefly criminalised blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes. In June, an amendment was introduced that replaced the threat of criminal charges against perpetrators with the prospect of lawsuits in civil courts. The legislation of the original law triggered the worst diplomatic row that Poland had had with Israel since the fall of communism. In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the law as dangerous to historical research. In a statement, his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, defended the law, and Netanyahu described the statement as “outrageous”.

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Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum opens new Chinese accelerator E-mail

Limin Wang, an alumna of the Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship, has opened DayDayUp, a new Chinese accelerator in Tel Aviv. It is part of a global chain of Chinese accelerators providing tailor-made programmes for companies interested in entering and scaling up in the China market.

Tel Aviv is the fifth location for DayDayUp, which also has accelerators in Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuxi and San Francisco. Key investors include Alibaba Mobile Business Group, Xiaomi, Dianping and Peakview Capital.

“Israel is well known as the global leader in innovation,” says Limin. “We are dedicated to assisting Israeli hi-tech companies to start up and scale up in China, as well as establishing efficient channels for Chinese companies to access Israeli innovative technologies, particularly in AI and blockchain. Our vision is to create result-oriented deals, to facilitate 100 Israeli projects to localise in China in three years.”

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Carmel School Graduating Class of 2018 E-mail

Carmel School Association Elsa High School held its 6th annual Graduation Ceremony this May, with the Shau Kei Wan campus playing host to an intimate and emotional event.

In attendance were many longstanding Carmel families and stakeholders, some of whom have already seen more than one child graduate from the school. Among the distinguished guests were the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shay Razon, whose son Ofir was graduating; Dr Rafael Aharon BBS, Chairman of the Israel Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a longtime friend and supporter of the school, Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon and Rabbi Asher Oser.

The keynote speaker was Consul General of Israel to Hong Kong and Macau Ahuva Spieler, who spoke in praise of the graduates’ admirable commitment and many and varied achievements.

The school choir dazzled the audience with beautiful, apt renditions of A Million Dreams and Bring on Tomorrow, a number from the musical Fame, which was performed by Elsa High School to great acclaim earlier in the year.

Three of the graduates, Eleanna Amias, Ofir Razon and Steffi Zhang, spoke beautifully and entertainingly, and the Carmel School Principal, Mrs Rachel Friedmann, addressed those in attendance, speaking especially about the ways in which this Class of 2018 reflected a new phase of development and growth for the School, with the graduates demonstrating through their academic achievements, social conscience and Carmel pride how far Elsa High School has come since its inception just nine years ago.

As a final symbolic gesture marking both the end of the ceremony as well as the students' transition to a new chapter in their lives, the graduates turned their tassels and entered the ranks of Elsa’s growing alumni community.

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