15 October 2018 - 7 Heshvan 5779 - ז' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
More B’nei Menashe make Aliyah E-mail

Last month 162 B’nei Menashe immigrants from India landed at Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel on two separate flights, as part of OperationMenashe.

The airport arrivals hall was the happy scene of multiple reunions of families who had been separated for years and even decades.

Organised by Shavei Israel, a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting descendants of Jews and the Lost Tribes of Israel to reclaim their roots, OperationMenashe has now assisted more than 3,000 B’nei Menashe to make Aliyah. They are mostly located in Manipur and Mizoram in North east India.

However there are more than double that many still in India and “many have been waiting to come for decades”, explained Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund.

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Magen David Adom events held in Hong Kong E-mail

A number of Magen David Adom (MDA) events were held in Hong Kong in November.

Many Elsa High School students attended CPR training on 10 November, led by professional MDA paramedics. They learned about how to deliver compressions effectively, how to use a defibrillator, and what steps to take to increase the chances of a patient’s survival. The programme was run by Anat Rapaport, Chief Paramedic and Head of International Relations, MDA. The CPR session for the students was followed by a CPR training class for parents and staff.

Also visiting Hong Kong was Professor Eilat Shinar, the Director of Blood Services for MDA, who gave presentations about MDA Israel’s New Blood Center, at Elsa High School and at a JCC Shabbat Dinner event.

Professor Shinar runs the blood department of MDA that tends to 97% of the country’s blood needs. She is also the author of 84 scientific papers. Professor Shinar introduced MDA’s plans for a new underground blood bank that is to be built soon.

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Shoppers raise funds for good causes Print E-mail

One of the most eagerly awaited events of the calender, this year’s Jewish Women’s Association of Hong Kong (JWA) Charity Bazaar was held on 19 November at Island School.

Shoppers turned out in force on a warm day to enjoy the community spirit – and grab some bargains! Many thousands of shoppers turned out to choose from a plentiful selection of homeware items, toys, clothing, bags and accessories, all donated to raise money for charity. There was also plenty of kosher food, organised by Chabad.

Vounteers manned the stalls all day and many Elsa School students turned out in force to help out in the Kids’ Kingdom. JWA’s beneficiaries include partner organisations that help women and children in need.

(Issue Dec 2017/Jan 2018)

Vietnamese students begin agricultural course in Israel E-mail
Five Vietnamese students joined 13 others from India, the Philippines and various African countries to begin an agricultural MSc course at the Arava International Centre for Agriculture Training (AICAT) in the south of Israel.

The MSc programme, the fourth of its kind, is a co-operative venture between the AICAT and Tel Aviv University (TAU).

Khuat Van Quyen, First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel, thanked AICAT and TAU for supporting the Vietnamese students and shared his thoughts about advanced technology applied in agriculture in Israel. He said he hoped that after the 18-month course, the Vietnamese students will apply their valuable agricultural knowledge in their homeland.
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Hong Kong hosts Technion University event in lead-up to official opening of its Shantou campus E-mail

On 21 November, the “Technion, China and Israel - Partners in Innovation” gala event took place at the Hong Kong InterContinental Hotel. In attendance were representatives of the Hong Kong SAR government, venture capitalists from Hong Kong and China, industrialists, company leaders and academics.

The aim of the event was to showcase Israeli high-tech industry; Technion’s central role in its development; the new UG-Technion Technology Fund, L.P.; and Israeli-Hong Kong-Chinese technology-transfer partnerships. A video was screened presenting the new UG-Technion Technology Fund as a bridge between academia and industry, an alliance that focuses on identifying and turning innovative ideas into commercial products that can impact our lives.

Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie spoke about the Israeli high-tech world and Technion’s role as an engine driving Israeli and global innovation. The evening was moderated by Dr. Sissi Wachtel Galor, co-chair of HK Technion, and speakers included Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover; Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) President Li Jiange; Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, Ahuva Spieler; President of the Israel-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Rafael Aharoni, BBS; General Partner of UG-Technion Partners, L.P. and co-founder of United Gain Capital, CY Lau, Technion’s partner in the new venture capital fund; and Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong, Charles Ng.

Ng spoke about the role of Hong Kong in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aimed at connecting China to Europe, the Middle East and Israel. The Li Ka Shing Foundation was represented by Frank Sixt.

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