5 June 2020 - 14 Sivan 5780 - י"ד סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
International Council Of Jewish Women E-mail

The International Council Of Jewish Women (ICJW) represents Jewish women from all walks of life in many important international forums and is strategically positioned to confront and respond to the concerns of the Jewish community and women in general.

Globally every Jewish woman has the opportunity to align herself with ICJW which comprises a huge network of like-minded women working together for the betterment of all women.

Believing that women’s rights are human rights, ICJW lobbies for an end to discrimination against women in all spheres of life. In its battle against intolerance, ICJW campaigns alongside people of goodwill to combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of religious discrimination. ICJW at all times stands in support of Israel.

International Council of Jewish Women has consultative status as a non-government organisation (NGO) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and maintains permanent delegations at the UN in New York, Geneva, Vienna and at UNESCO in Paris.

ICJW is also strongly represented at the World Jewish Congress, the Council of Europe, European Women’s Lobby, Religions for Peace and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

In the spirit of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – our independent affiliates and their regional divisions choose their own action priorities. Our affiliates and members in 34 countries are involved in a wide range of volunteer activities, offering care services for needy populations, promoting grassroots social welfare projects, providing leadership training for communal activists, and advocating on issues of local and national concern.

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The Baron de Rothschild’s lost ship E-mail

In a recent new study, researchers from the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa have evidence to show that a shipwreck discovered at Dor Beach in 1976 may be identified as the Baron de Rothschild’s missing ship.

The ship was one of three ships used to carry raw materi­als from France to a glass fac­tory established by the baron at Tantura. The ship vanished without a trace in the late nine­teenth century. “We know that two of the baron’s three ships were sold, but we have no in­formation concerning the third ship. The ship we have found is structurally consistent with the specifications of the Baron’s ships, carried a similar cargo, and sailed and sank during the right period,” explained Dr. Deborah Cvikel and Micky Holtzman, who are investigat­ing the shipwreck.

In 1893 the Baron de Roths­child founded a glass factory at Tantura beach in order to enable the local production of wine bottles for the winery at nearby Zichron Yaacov.

The factory was actually es­tablished and managed by Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. The Baron even purchased three small ships to transport raw materials from factories in France to the factory at Tantura, and hired Jewish crews to man the ships. Contemporary re­cords detail the purchase of the ships and specify their models. It was also noted that the ships were damaged and required re­pairs. Two of the ships were ul­timately sold, while the fate of the third ship remains unknown.

Dr. Cvikel and Mr. Holtzman are now proposing the hypothe­sis that a two-masted shipwreck off the coast at Dor (Tantura) that was first excavated in 1999 may be the missing Baron’s missing ship. The shipwreck was excavated underwater in 1999-2000 in a study that fo­cused mainly on the structure of the ship, and again in 2008 in a study that focused mainly on its contents, which included pots, earthenware, ceramic tiles, roof tiles, barrels, crates, and sev­eral sacks. The present study is based on the processing of find­ings from the 2008 excavation.

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Indonesian students turn to Israel to learn agriculture E-mail

Fifty-two students f rom Eas t Nusa Tenggara in eastern Indonesia recently spent 10 months in Arava, Israel.

At the Arava International Center of Agriculture Training (AICAT), they learned to man­age the dry land to make it fer­tile and productive. Like the soil in Arava, the soil in East Nusa Tenggara is very dry and there is very little water.

As well as agriculture, the students learned about aqua­culture (fishery) in the desert, pests, plant diseases and basic IT skills, under the supervision of mentors and instructors in Is­rael. Joining them on the train­ing programme were students from Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, Laos and even Sudan and Ethio­pia.

This new programme was initiated in East Nusa Tenggara by Agus Suherman, an Indo­nesian of Chinese descent and a faithful Catholic with a true love for Israel. His mission is to send as many agriculture stu­dents as possible to Israel, using his own money plus donations from local businessmen.

Each student needs around US$10,000, or 100.000.000 IDR (Indonesian Rupiahs). When I asked him why he wanted to do that, his answer was very much a spiritual re­sponse: “Because God says I [God] will bless Israel. So I just follow what God said; I learned from blessed people.”

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