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400 NEW OLIM ARRIVE THIS WEEK FROM UKRAINE, THANKS TO
New immigrants from Ukraine arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel.
Photo credit by Noam Moskowitz
TEL-AVIV -- Four hundred new immigrants from Ukraine are arriving today and tomorrow at Ben-Gurion Airport on two special flights organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), part of a surge of more than 1,000 immigrants from eight countries who have moved to Israel this summer with the organization. Since 2014, 14,500 immigrants moved to Israel with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, more than 1,000 arriving this summer
The immigrants (olim) came to Israel to escape economic hardship and the ongoing violence of the Ukrainian civil war. The latest immigrants follow 740 others on 19 flights from eight countries who arrived with The Fellowship earlier this summer. Since the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict in 2014, many Jews have been forced to leave their homes, while others have seen their homes damaged by shelling or lost people close to them.
Andrei Tatarchenko, 46, of Sumi, said that “the conflict affected my life. Some of my comrades were killed on the front lines defending Ukraine, and some of them were seriously injured.”
Despite the challenges these immigrants faced in Ukraine, 37 of decided to live the Gaza Strip, an area that has seen a recent flare-up in missile attacks and violence. Two families even chose to live right next to the Gaza border in kibbutzim of the Eshkol Regional Council.
Among the immigrants were 93 children who are expected to begin school in Israel next week, including 10 children who will begin their first year of grade school. Some of the immigrants said seeing their children attend Israeli schools played a major factor in their decision to move to Israel.
“It is very important to us that our son will have the opportunity to integrate into the education system in Israel, which is of a high standard and with a connection to the values of Judaism,” said Stanislaw Kasienko, one of the immigrants.
The Fellowship’s Founder and President, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, said The Fellowship has seen a recent spike in immigration. “We are excited to see a record number of immigrants coming to Israel from all over the world this summer. It’s incredibly moving to see the children and their families so excited about starting school in Israel, and I call on the Israeli public to welcome the immigrants with open arms. Every child, man and woman who arrives here expands our horizons of hope and dreams for our Jewish future.”
Supported by hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians worldwide, the Fellowship is playing an increasingly critical role in bringing new immigrants to Israel. For over 20 years, the Fellowship spent more than $200 million to bring 750,000 immigrants to Israel, first with the Jewish Agency, then with the organization it helped create, Nefesh B'Nefesh. In 2014, the Fellowship began bringing immigrants independently, and has brought more than 14,500 immigrants to Israel from 26 countries where Jews are facing rising anti-Semitism, are threatened by terrorism or are suffering economic hardship.
The Fellowship also helps ease the challenges of starting a new life in the Jewish state, by cutting back on bureaucracy, and boosting standard government assistance with assistance with rentals, household items such as appliances and furniture, and employment support. The Fellowship’s help starts before immigrants depart their native countries, providing seminars about Israeli life and holding job fairs.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.5 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul.
AGUDATH ISRAEL REMINDS ORTHODOX JEWS TO EXERCISE CARE RE
THE CUSTOM OF KAPPOROS BEFORE YOM KIPPUR
Reissuing a Rabbinic statement (Kol Korei) that was first published 11 years ago and that remains relevant today, Agudath Israel of America is calling upon the community to exercise care regarding the custom of kapporos before Yom Kippur. Given the size of the community, and the large volume of chickens that will be handled in the upcoming days, the practice of kapporos needs to be conducted in a manner that ensures that proper standards of kashrus, cleanliness, and humane treatment of animals, as defined by halacha, are met. This can be achieved by patronizing only those establishments that are under appropriate rabbinic supervision.
THE MUSEUM OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AT BEIT HATFUTSOT, TEL AVIV
Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann is a landmark exhibition originated and created by Beit Hatfutsot's team, led by Chief Curator, Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, and including the curator for the Mossad, Avner Avraham. It was produced by Patrick Gallagher and Associates and Cleveland's Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the venue of its US premier. It was presented in Chicago, New York and St. Petersburg, Florida and will continue to travel in the U.S. and abroad.
At the request of Beit Hatfutsot, the Mossad has lifted its veil of secrecy in order to educate the public about the Shoah, the most horrific chapter in Jewish and world history. The exhibition salutes the organizations and individuals in Israel and abroad who acted at great risk. It acknowledges their families and thanks those whose identities must remain a secret.
The evidence exhibited represents the authoritative material gathered during "Operation Finale," the unprecedented and daring capture of Eichmann, the Nazi official who was responsible for the "final solution," the murder of millions of innocent people in designated death camps.
The 1961 trial that brought Eichmann to justice is depicted captivatingly in the exhibition. The gripping legal drama, led by Israel's Attorney General and Prosecutor Gideon Hausner and his team, was heralded as a transformative and foundational event in the history of the State of Israel and the world. It opened up the discourse on the Shoah as the heroic deeds of witnesses in the trial allowed others to raise their voices so that a world who might have been doubtful of the incomprehensible evil, would hear the truth. It was a pivotal milestone in Israel's history and in the world's delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.
FEINGOLDS DEDICATE NEW SYNAGOGUE & SEFER TORAH TO IDF
Jeffrey & Barbara Feingold, Photo credits: Nir Kafri
MISHMAR HANEGEV -- The soldiers of the Amirim Battalion at Mishmar HaNegev, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) base in southern Israel, can now pray and celebrate the upcoming High Holidays in a new synagogue, complete with a Sefer Torah scroll, and beautiful outdoor garden, thanks to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold of Delray Beach, Florida.
Friends of the IDF supporters Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold donated a significant transformational gift for the synagogue project at the Mishmar HaNegev IDF base in southern Israel
In June, the Feingold family attended the dedication ceremony in Israel, which honored and thanked them for the transformational gift that made the Feingold Family Synagogue and the Sefer Torah possible. It is the first synagogue on an army base in the Negev. Soldiers of the Amirim Battalion, a national communications battalion from the General Staff of the IDF, have been enjoying their new synagogue and garden all summer, and this will be the first holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year.
“We are so proud that we could bring the dream of this synagogue to reality at such an opportune time for the soldiers of the Amirim Battalion, allowing them to enjoy it throughout the upcoming holiday season. It has been our honor to give back to our beloved country Israel on its 70th anniversary year for our soldiers that protect and serve the Jewish state. We hope that the new Feingold Family Synagogue and Sefer Torah bring years of joy to the soldiers and enrich their lives as they perform their vital duties at the Mishmar HaNegev base,” said Barbara Feingold.
Dr. Jeffrey Feingold added, “without the IDF and the Jewish state of Israel we would have no home. As a Zionist and a Jew, it has always been important for my wife and myself that the bond between the United States and Israel remain strong. This new synagogue will ensure that this vital belief of the Feingold Family will live on forever.”
Accompanying Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were the Feingolds’ children, grandchildren, and close friends, as well as FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, FIDF Executive Director in Israel Brig. Gen. (Res.) Effi Idan, Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Eyal Crimm, Commander of the Amirim Battalion Lt. Col. Dedi Elimelech, and Commander of the Hoshen Unit Col. Shai Solomon.
“The true greatness and strength of an army are beyond any technological and physical capabilities. Most important are the ethics, spirit, and morality of the soldiers standing behind the technology. The beautiful synagogue and Torah scroll generously donated by Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold deepen the soldiers’ connection to their roots and heritage, reinforce what they are fighting for, and nourish their souls,” said Klifi-Amir. “I cannot stress enough the importance of the Feingold family’s support, and how, despite living thousands of miles away, they make it their priority to boost the morale of Israel’s brave men and women in uniform.”
FIDF will honor Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold for this significant gift and contribution to the IMPACT! Scholarship Program at the FIDF Palm Beach/Broward 15th Annual Gala, which will take place on February 13, 2019, at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.
Below are photos of the ceremony honoring FIDF supporters Dr. Jeffrey and Barbara Feingold and their family, and of the Feingold Family Synagogue.
RABBI RUBASHKIN, FREED FROM PRISON, MOVED TO SEE YAD L'ACHIM PIDYON SHVUYIM ACTIVITIES
Rabbi Rubashkin delivers a speech on emunah and bitachon to Yad L'Achim activists.
An emotional meeting was held earlier this week in the head offices of Yad L'Achim in Bnei Brak between Rabbi Shalom-Mordechai Rubashkin and Yad L'Achim's leadership.
Rabbi Rubashkin, whose prison sentence was recently commuted by U.S. President Donald Trump after eight years of trials and tribulations in an American prison, came to get a close-up look at Yad L'Achim's Pidyon Shvuyim activities, including the rescue of hundreds of Jews a year.
During his special trip to Israel, which centered around a visit to the Kosel, he met with admorim and Roshei Yeshivah to thank them for their activities on his behalf and especially for their prayers for his release.
Rabbi Rubashkin was welcomed at Yad L'Achim by its chairman, Rabbi Yisrael Lipschitz, where he delivered a moving talk on faith to dozens of activists. During his visit, Rabbi Rubashkin looked at albums documenting the wide range of Yad L'Achim's activities and was given an overview from representatives of different departments.
Rabbi Rubashkin was shocked to hear that there are thousands of girls in Israel in captivity in Arab villages and said that he davens that they should merit to be released to freedom, as he was.
He added that they would be freed in the merit of the prayers of the public, and of Yad L'Achim's rescue efforts.
The organization's spokesman, Rabbi Shlomo Reisel, showed Rabbi Rubashkin video clips documenting complex rescues from hostile Arab villages.
Rabbi Rubashkin was astonished to learn of the dedication of Yad L'Achim in redeeming women from captivity, even dressing as Arabs. At the end of his visit, he made a donation to the organization and said he would be happy to take part in Yad L'Achim's Pidyon Shvuyim activities throughout the year.