27 April 2018 - 12 Iyyar 5778 - י"ב אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Embassy in the Philippines teams up with Wing of Hope Foundation Print E-mail

Israel’s Embassy in the Philippines teamed up with the Wings of Hope Foundation in January to bring messages of hope and empowerment to around 300 kids from orphan care centres in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Pilot and entrepreneur Captain Irene Mora of the Wings of Hope Foundation and Israel’s Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau led a gift-giving programme at the Quest Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, while a group of children performed their traditional dance.

The Wings of Hope Foundation consists of female pilots headed by Captain Irene Mora, who herself has a unique story of helping girls in need. “As a pilot and entrepreneur, I have been working to build a career. This time, our main goal is to be a message of hope to the less fortunate kids and to highlight gender equality,” said Irene, who is joined by her daughter, Captain Ira Mora.

(Issue Feb 2018)

Japan’s Foreign Minister visits Israel E-mail

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono met Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 25 December at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament.

During their exchanges they discussed their expanding bilateral relationships and also security and peace initiatives. “This is my first trip as Foreign Minister to Israel, although this is my fourth trip to Israel. I think the bilateral relationship is expanding. Especially, the number of Japanese companies in Israel has doubled in the last three years, and Japanese investment into Israel has increased 20 times in the last three years. So I think the relationship, bilaterally, is going very well, and we would like to continue this momentum,” commented Foreign Minister Kono.

Another development that was discussed was the proposal by Japan to initiate for fourparty talks. Israeli officials say Japan has proposed four-party talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as a US official to try to restart the stalled Middle East peace negotiations.

Kono is the first cabinet member of a major nation to visit Jerusalem since US President Donald Trump announced that his country would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israeli officials say Kono proposed the talks in Tokyo at the initiative of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The talks would also include Trump senior advisor Jared Kushner. The timing of the talks and other details of Japan’s proposal are unknown.

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Zichron Menachem Chanucut at Elsa High School E-mail

In December, the girls of Elsa High School gathered together for an afternoon of pampering for those who had signed up to have their hair cut. This was in aid of the Israeli charity Zichron Menachem Chanucut, which supports children with cancer, as well as their families. The hair will be donated to the charity and made into wigs for those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

It was a really magical experience, both for the donors and for the receivers on the other side of the world. While the girls were cutting their hair, there were activities for those whose hair was not long enough or who did not wish to cut their hair.

Chanucut offers people the chance to donate their hair during the festival of Chanukah, to make wigs for Israeli children undergoing treatment for cancer. Hair was also cut in London, Eilat and Toronto for the first Chanucut in 2017. Chanucut is the creation of Zum Zum, the UK arm of the Israeli charity Zichron Menachem.

All girls who donated their hair were happy with themselves and left with the feeling of doing a huge mitzvah. Liana Tang, one of the girls who got the chop, said: “The more you give, the more you receive.” All donors were happy with the result. The experience was very meaningful to everyone and the initiative will continue and grow in the future at Elsa High School in Hong Kong. Special thanks go to the teachers who organised the event, and to the students who participated.

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Carmel School partners with Israel’s GreenStart Academy E-mail

Carmel School Association of Hong Kong, in partnership with GreenStart Academy from Ha Kfar HaYarok (“the Green Village”), Israel, launched Carmel’s Elsa High School GreenStart Academy.

This unique new educational programme is focused on the art of autodidactic learning via technology, science and innovation projects, led by Israeli innovation experts and students visiting Elsa High School for a week in December.

GreenStart Academy, founded by Israeli engineer Yooda Or, is a technology youth movement with an outstanding record of achievements in science and innovation competitions. It has produced numerous successful startups in Israel and around the world. Some of its studentled innovations, driven by human and societal concerns and approaches, are now either fully operational or in development. Examples include:
• An app that helps autistic children express themselves.
• An app that helps groups of people (youth, elderly, etc.) travelling in areas with no internet or Wifi to stay connected through their phones, and to trigger alarms when one member gets separated from the group.
• A device that helps hearingdisabled people to distinguish sounds from ambient noise.

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All of Hong Kong lights up for Chanukah E-mail

For most kids (and adults), Chanukah is a time for latkes, donuts, gifts, gelt and colourful candles. Last December, Chabad of Hong Kong inspired a new Chanukah highlight for the children and parents of 20 families here. The third night of Chanukah brought a new way to celebrate as nearly 50 people fanned out across Hong Kong to spread the true message of the Festival of Lights.

From Lantau to Repulse Bay and from Kowloon to Central and the Mid-Levels, light stations were set up and over 2,000 bracelets with the message of “Light up the world with Kindness” were distributed to passers-by. The response from the recipients of these bracelets and the participants in these events was truly beyond Chabad’s expectations. Each light station was equipped with a pull-up sign, a large supply of rubber bracelets in English and Chinese, and light-up bracelets and hats for the station “managers”.

The event grew out of a simple discussion at a Kiddush lunch at Chabad a few weeks prior. A WhatsApp group was quickly put together, details were discussed, supplies were ordered from China and within a week the organisers and volunteers were ready to “hit the road”.

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