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24 June 2017 - 1 Tammuz 5777 - א' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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Carmel School Association celebrates Elsa High School’s fifth graduation – class of 2017 E-mail
On 18 May, Carmel’s Elsa High School celebrated its fifth Grade 12 Graduation. High School and Carmel Elementary Grade 4 and 5 students were joined by Ohel Leah Synagogue Trustees, current and former Board members, parents, community stakeholders and Carmel alumni in this celebratory Silver Anniversary year for Carmel School.

The Elsa High Graduating Class of 2017 comprises Joanna Gershon, Ariella Levy, George Li, Simon Lin, Avraham Meoded, Varun Pathak, Natalie Shem Tov, Saar Shtoser and Edward Tham.

Kyle Ford, Elsa’s Director of Arts & Design Studies and Head of College Counselling, was MC, establishing a warm and welcoming tone for the proceedings.

First up was Natalie Shem Tov, who delivered a Dvar Torah and reflected on her time at Elsa. Following this, Chairman of the Carmel Board Shay Razon and special guest and Israeli TV news anchor Lital Shemesh shared inspiring thoughts about overcoming adversity and making the most out of life’s adventures. In Lital’s words, “I will always be a warrior.”

Some of the cast of Elsa High School’s upcoming production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof performed the song Sunrise, Sunset, drawing an emotional reaction from many in the audience. Three other graduates, Varun Pathak, Ariella Levy and Joanna Gershon, gave moving and entertaining speeches about their time at both Carmel Elementary and Elsa High School.
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Elsa High School student shines in gymnastics competition E-mail
Jewish Times Asia congratulates Jessica Jay, a Grade 6 student at Elsa High School, who recently finished second in one of Hong Kong’s major gymnastics competitions. Even more impressive, it was Jessica’s first-ever tournament.

The Sportscene Gymnastics Invitational Competition 2017 was held at the Australian International School on 30 April. Jessica competed with 37 other girls from across many gymnastics schools and teams in a group that included many who have competed in previous competitions. In addition, most of the other participants have been attending gymnastics schools for many years.

The competition was made up of various exercises, including floor, rhythmic, balancing routines and trampoline. The judges included former gymnastics coaches of Hong Kong, Ms Lau Yuen Ling and Ms Sandra Tsang.

Jessica was encouraged to take up the sport when she was in Grade 5, after spending some time in after-school activities with a former PE teacher at Elsa High.
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Hong Kong hosts its fourth delegation of injured Israeli soldiers E-mail
The Jewish community in Hong Kong recently hosted its fourth delegation of injured soldiers from Israel’s Brothers for Life Ach’im L’Chayim.

Having hosted delegations from Brothers for Life for the fourth time in as many years, Hong Kong remains firmly on the map of host countries as Asia’s only host country.

Brothers for Life was founded in 2007 to help injured soldiers get their lives back on track, and now assists about 700 injured soldiers.

“Once again, from the moment the soldiers stepped off the plane in Hong Kong, they became our brothers for life,” remarked Omri Mizrahi, one of the Hong Kong community organisers.

Through the generosity of members of the Hong Kong community, the soldiers enjoyed the sights and sounds of Hong Kong and Macau and were warmly welcomed by the Ohel Leah and Shuva Israel communities.

The delegation paid its annual visit to Elsa High School, where the soldiers spoke about “overcoming personal difficulties” and played football against the school team. On their most recent trip to Israel, students from the school visited the Brothers for Life, and the bond between the school and the soldiers is growing stronger and stronger each year.
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Taiwan educators to be educated about the Holocaust E-mail
Israel’s representative office in Taiwan – the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei – is planning to send local educators to Israel to learn about the history behind the Holocaust.

The initiative has been developed in response to a highschool parade by local swastikaclad students that snowballed into an international incident in December last year.

A group of local high-school students from Kuangfu Senior High School in Hsinchu participated in a school-sanctioned parade dressed in Nazi uniforms and brandishing banners decorated with swastikas. The parade also featured large tanks made of cardboard.

Asher Yarden, Israel’s top envoy to Taiwan, told local media that his office is now working closely with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education on a soon-tobe- launched programme to send selected educators to Israel to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany to pass the knowledge on to their students.

He said Taiwan’s Holocaust education was apparently lacking, resulting in last December’s incident.
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Philippines, Israel eye anti-drugs pact E-mail
The Philippines and Israel are moving closer to forging a bilateral agreement on cooperation in curbing illegal drugs.

In a meeting on 18 May in Tel Aviv, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial and Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan acknowledged that the proliferation of illegal drugs is a serious threat to society and agreed that co-operation between the Philippines and Israel is essential to combat drug abuse and trafficking across borders.

Minister Erdan, a key member of Israel’s Security Cabinet, also welcomed the Philippine proposal for bilateral co-operation to combat illegal drugs as a transnational crime, with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) due to take place in the near future.

The scope of the agreement includes co-operation through the exchange of information on pertinent laws and matters relative to the investigation of drug offences, such as the methods used for the transfer, concealment or disguise of illegal drugs, drug trafficking routes, and modus operandi by persons and organisations to smuggle and sell prohibited drugs. The agreement also covers the adoption of measures or programmes on the prevention of trafficking and use of illegal drugs, the rehabilitation of users, and other forms of bilateral co-operation.

Ambassador Imperial shared that a growing number of Filipinos in Israel have been arrested or convicted for involvement in the illegal drug trade. According to reports, illegal substances/drugs are sent to Israel from the Philippines hidden in parcels that have been intercepted by Israeli authorities. Filipino workers in Israel have been used as drug conduits, acting, wittingly or unwittingly, as recipients of these parcels with concealed drugs. This modus operandi prompted the Embassy to issue several advisories to the Filipino community in the past three years, reminding them not to engage in the illegal drug trade.
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