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BREST, Belarus -- The World Jewish Congress thanks the Belarussian authorities for embracing their moral responsibility in ensuring that the bodies of some 1,000 Jewish victims discovered at an excavation site in the city of Brest received a proper and dignified burial, following dismay over construction at that site.
“The Belarussian government and the municipality of Brest have demonstrated utmost decency in handling this situation and in honoring the memory and lives of the Jewish residents of the city who were shot and murdered in cold blood at the very site where construction is currently underway. We greatly appreciate their strong cooperation with the Union of Belarussian Jewish Organizations and Communities and recognition of the tragedy that befell this community during the years of the Holocaust,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder following the burial ceremony on Wednesday.
“Sadly, this was just one of thousands of unmarked graves across Europe containing the remains of Jewish victims, who were subjected to mass executions. Some of these sites are known to both historians and eyewitnesses alike. It is imperative that governments engage in due diligence to identify all of these sites and to ensure that the bodies found are excavated and buried according to Jewish law,” Lauder said. “Each and every one of these victims deserves to be buried with full dignity and to have their place of final rest symbolized with an appropriate memorial, such as a stone, plaque, or monument.”
“I sincerely hope that the Brest burial serves as a model for other locations, both in Belarus and elsewhere in Europe, to ensure that all land is carefully examined before being designated for a building permit of any kind, and that all municipalities use this same judgement before allowing construction on sites which are historically recognized and known as places of murder,” Lauder said. “We must always honor the victims of Nazi brutality and protect the Jewish community that remains in these places.”

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JERUSALEM -- United Hatzalah volunteer Yisrael Shavit saved a young girl in Hadera from choking on Sunday evening. After arriving in less than a minute at the scene of the incident, Shavit managed to single-handedly treat and rescue an infant from what could have been her death.
Shavit described the dramatic story. “I was davening Mincha at Shul and I received an alert on my bluebird radio from dispatch. The alert said that a young toddler, about six-months-old was choking right near my location. I raced to my ambucycle and jumped on and rushed to the address. I saw a group of people standing around two parents who were holding their child in front of them. The father was slapping an infant girl on the back. I asked to take the child. She was making choking noises which meant that her airway was partially blocked. She had started to turn blue.
“I looked inside her mouth and saw a small edge of what looked to be a bit of plastic stuck in her trachea. When I slapped her back, a bit more popped up. I stuck my finger in her mouth and after a few tries, was able to grab hold of and remove the plastic. It was a wrapper from an ice pop. Once the blockage was removed the child once again began crying.   
“The girl’s parents were so thankful for my quick arrival and successful assistance that they kissed me on the forehead in the middle of the street just as other EMS volunteers began arriving.
“It was a few minutes before the ambulance came, they had a very healthy and stable patient who was taken to the hospital for follow-up care.
“I’ve been at choking calls before but usually, you arrive after the person has choked and you need to do CPR. This is the first time I was able to arrive while it was still happening. I am happy that I was able to help and that I was a messenger of salvation in this instance. This is why I joined United Hatzalah. It is the reason the organization exists and why all of the volunteers do what we do.”


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JERUSALEM – One hundred fifty-one of the Jewish world’s leading young innovators from 30 countries spanning six continents convened in Jerusalem to reflect, ideate and collaborate at the 2019 ROI Summit, which concluded this past weekend. The five-day summit is the flagship program of ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

For over a decade, ROI Community has convened some of the most promising young Jews from around the world, providing a platform for them to challenge each other and develop their visions for change. Through the annual summit and a suite of year-round opportunities for leadership and engagement, ROI has built an intentional community of more than 1,500 activists and innovators who are committed to making the world a better place and are driven by Jewish values. The 2019 ROI Summit participants are the newest cohort of change makers to become members of the global ROI network.

This year’s ROI Summit marked ROI's 13th signature gathering, and inspired by the Jewish tradition of 13 representing a coming-of-age year, the summit drew on the theme of responsibility. Through opportunities for deep self-reflection, knowledge sharing, artistic inspiration and more, participants were encouraged to explore and grapple with their roles and responsibilities as leaders in their communities and in the world at large.

"The Summit provided participants with a respite from the daily grind of the difficult work they do each day to improve the state of our communities," said No'a Gorlin, ROI Community's associate executive director. "We hope they are leaving us feeling recharged, reenergized and more ready than ever to lead. Change making can be a lonely pursuit, and through the Summit – and their membership in ROI Community thereafter – we aim for these activists to feel equipped with tools, support and inspiration to work together to mobilize each other and others to make positive change in our world."

The 2019 participants hailed from: Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.