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ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER MAKES OFFICIAL STATE VISIT TO CHINA replied that he was impressed by the development, progress and tremendous growth and added that the goal of his visit is to increase bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

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Netanyahu’s visited the country from 6-10 May and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, leaders from the business community, toured a synagogue and talked with students via a live video-chat.

Netanyahu started his visit in Shanghai, where he held a series of meetings with Chinese government leaders. He visited a local high-tech industrial park and met with Israeli and Chinese business people. The Prime Minister also paid a visit to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Accompanied by his wife, he then toured the Ohel Moshe synagogue which was built in 1927 and served the war refugees who fled the persecution during the Holocaust.


The Prime Minister said that his visit was the closing of a cycle. He recalled his moving visit to the museum in 1998 and added that it was a monument to the good heart of the people

Netanyahu giving a toast at the Shanghai Refugees Museum


Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was warmly greeted in China for an official state visit. Prime Minister Netanyahu was accompanied to China with a delegation of Israeli economic officials and business executives.

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

of Shanghai towards the Jewish people. As most of the world closed its doors to the Jews 70 years ago, Shanghai was among the few places that opened its gates. He added that while the fate of the Jewish people has changed significantly since then, today the Jewish people has a state and army of its own, and no longer needs to plead to be rescued. In the synagogue guest book, Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote to the people of Shanghai and the Hongkou district that the Jewish people would never forget the refuge and the kindness that they were afforded during the Nazi period, and added his greetings from Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister then flew to Beijing on 8 May and was welcomed by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at an official ceremony in the Great Hall of the People. “My main message in this visit is that Israel can be a perfect junior partner for China in the pursuit of economic excellence and competitive advantage by offering our technological capabilities. We are a small country, but we have a great

concentration of technological prowess in many disciplines and I think we can cooperate by scaling up these technologies for the benefit of both countries,” Netanyahu stated.

At a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, an agreement was signed for a financial protocol. The protocol of US$400 million is a bilateral financial agreement that allows for the growth of Israeli exports to China by means of state guarantees in support of long-term export deals. Since the signing of the financial protocols with China, 236 deals worth US$771 million have gone forward.

One of Netanyahu’s last engagements was to hold a live video-chat with millions of web surfers on Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency. Netanyahu opened the discussion with a greeting in Chinese and then answered the questions that he received. During the chat, Netanyahu spoke about the biggest changes he has noticed on this visit, his second to China, 15 years after his first visit to the country as prime minister in 1998. He

Asked about his hobbies, he replied: “I read a lot, I walk a lot, and to relax, I spend time with my family. Spending time with one’s family and reading, like in education, characterise our culture. As the people of the book, we pass texts on from parent to child over the generations, just like the Chinese people. Passing along knowledge and education is something we have in common and is part of our tradition.”

IN THIS ISSUE Regional News

A Jewish wedding takes place in Myanmar


Business News

India’s Tata Industries partners with Tel Aviv University 9-11


UWC March of the Living 2013 A Vehicle for Change 12-13

Art and Culture

Concert to celebrate relations with Israel and Vietnam 14-16


Barbra Streisand to perform in Israel

Special Day Fast of Tammuz



Jewish communities in Asia Candle-lighting and the month’s Parshas


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A Jewish wedding takes place in Myanmar

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On Sunday 19 May, the Jewish community in Myanmar celebrated the first Jewish wedding in 27 years. The meaningful and moving ceremony, handled by Rabbi Fox, took place in Yangon’s Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue. The synagogue, built in the 19th century is the last surviving synagogue in Myanmar. It has been maintained for generations by the Samuels family. Moses Samuels, the groom’s father is the caretaker of this once great institution. The magnificent synagogue is evidence of the once-vibrant community Bride and Groom under the Chuppah

that resided there. The community has not had a permanent rabbi since 1969 and most of the visitors are generated by the Israeli embassy and Jewish tour groups.

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Decorative flower arrangement at the synagogue

Rabbi Fox handing over the Ketubah

Israel’s embassy congratulated the newly-wed couple, Sammy Samuels (Aung Soe Lwin) and Zahava Elfhady (Ei Ei Phyo) and wish them success

in returning the former glory of the Jewish community of the past. The wedding was attended by the Israel’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Hagay M. Behar, members of the local Jewish community and close friends, including overseas guests and representatives from the local authorities in Yangon.

Guests at the wedding including Ambassador Hagay Behar, third from left

Thailand seeking security equipment solutions A group of 33 Thai Members of Parliament (MPs) were in Israel recently to learn about Israeli defense systems for use in Thailand. The visit was intended to lay a framework for trade in defense and security equipment between Israeli companies and Thailand.

The Thai government is planning a new parliament building, and the MPs were looking in particular at systems in use at Israeli public buildings such as the Knesset and Supreme Court. “This delegation is the

second to visit Israel, and prior to this senior Israeli experts in the field visited Bangkok,” explained Boaz Sharabi, the Ministry of Trade attaché in Bangkok. “We already know of changes that were made in the origi-

nal planning of the Thai parliament building as a result of the earlier tour. We hope Thailand will take advantage of the experience and knowledge that Israeli companies have in this field, and will use their services in planning and construction,” Sharabi added.

Hong Kong welcomes Dan Meridor The Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong, in cooperation with the Trustees of the Jewish Community, has invited Dan Meridor to Hong Kong. Meridor, who recently served as the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence until March 2013, will be giving a talk to the Jewish Community on 3 June. The topic, entitled “Israel and its neighbours – war or de-escalation?”, is co-organised by the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong and the JCC Events Committee.

While in Hong Kong, Meridor will also meet Hong Kong SAR Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, President of Legislative Council Jasper Tsang and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen. And will exchange views with business leaders and academics at events hosted by Asia Society Hong Kong.

In addition, on 5 June at a special luncheon in his honour, Meridor will give a speech at the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on the topic of Security and Law –

New Balances vs New Challenges. Meridor is also the former Chairman of Foreign Affairs and of the Defence Committee of the Knesset, former Minister of Finance, former Minister of Justice, and served as Secretary of the Cabinet under prime ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. A lawyer by profession, he practiced law in Jerusalem for many years. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a tank commander in the Six Day

Dan Meridor

War and in the Yom Kippur War, and continued in the IDF reserves as a Captain.


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WHO Secretary-General visits Israel Dr. Margaret Chan, Secretary-General of the World Health Organisation, made an official visit in April to Israel. This visit was the first by any WHO secretary-general. Chan, has served as SecretaryGeneral since 2006, is now in her second term, which is due to end in June 2017. An expert in infectious diseases, Chan was born in Hong Kong. She studied medicine at Canada’s University of Western Ontario and then joined the Hong Kong department of health in 1978. Chan served as Director of Health in the Hong Kong Government from 1994 to 2003 and for the UN organisation. Hong Kong Jewish residents may be very familiar with Chan from the 1997 Avian influenza outbreak and the 2003 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) crisis to hit the territory. Her profile was raised by her handling of both outbreaks. After the first victim of the H5N1, Chan first tried to reassure Hong Kong residents with

to Israel by Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, and by Dr. Ala Alwan, who is a native of Iraq. Professor Ronni Gamzu, Israel’s Health Ministry DirectorGeneral initiated the invite to Chan to visit the country. The delegation visited ministry officials at its Jerusalem headquarters and then toured community clinics of Clalit Health Services and Maccabi Health Services in Modi’in. Margaret Chan

infamous statements like, “I ate chicken last night” or “I eat chicken every day, don’t panic, everyone.” When many more H5N1 cases appeared, she was criticised for misleading the public. Although to her credit, in the end she was praised for helping bring the epidemic under control with the slaughter of 1.5 million chickens in the region in the face of stiff political opposition. Chan was accompanied

Chan also visited Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre, including its Dana Hospital, and met people who run the clinic for African and other refugees in Tel Aviv. She also toured Sheba Medical Centre’s medical simulation center. Israel’s Health Minister Yael German hosted the delegation for dinner, which was also attended by senior health officials. While in Israel, Chan also visited Yad Vashem. She then toured the Palestinian Authority’s health facilities and was hosted by its health minister.

Rajasthan looking to tap agriculture tech expertise Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has offered to create a special area for utilising Israel’s innovations. Minister Gehlot has just completed an extensive tour of Israel accompanied by his Energy Minister Jitendra Singh and several other senior officials, including Chief Secretary C K Mathew. “The experiment around creation of centres of excellence based on Israeli expertise in agriculture in the state has been a phenomenal success. We want to further deepen this engagement looking to utilise Israeli experience in other fields as well,” Gehlot told Press Times of India. Israel will become the third such country to be provided this special concession by Rajasthan, which has allocated land for promoting Japanese and South Korean technologies in Neemrana.

“Given that local conditions in Rajasthan are quite identical to those in Israel and that there are many shared concerns, I think Rajasthan can benefit immensely from this engage-

ment,” he added.

Among the plans being discussed is the setting up of a water management institute, for which the state will provide the infrastructure and make the necessary investments. Several options are also being considered to boost the dairy sector in Rajasthan. Israel has proposed that Rajasthan adopt an invitrio fertilisation process instead of embryo transplantation for multiple growth of number of cattle contrary to the commonly used practice.Gehlot visited several kibbutzims, leading agricultural institutes, farms specialising in various areas of agriculture and irrigation and water management related projects.

He has also held extensive discussions with Israel’s Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and various other officials from different ministries during his one-week Israel tour. Rajasthan is the largest state in India, located in the northwest of the country. Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the state.

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KKL-JNF regional director to visit Hong Kong The Hong Kong Jewish community will soon have the opportunity to get to know Rob Schneider, Regional Director of Keren Kayemeth Le Israel – Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). Schneider will be visiting Hong Kong to meet members of the community interested in helping to build-up support for this organisation, whose role in the international environmental arena is one of the “good news” stories coming out of Israel today. He will be in Hong Kong from 28 June through to 3 July and will use the opportunity to meet Jewish community leaders and potential partners for some of KKL-JNF’s cuttingedge projects that have helped turn Israel green and benefitted countries far beyond Israel’s borders. “Today, aside from looking after our heritage in Israel, KKL-JNF has become one of the world’s leading authorities in afforestation, water management and a variety of other areas that it shares with those who are interested in benefiting from its expertise” said Schneider, who has represented the organisation at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in South Africa and also at the International Union of Forestry Research Organisation’s conference held in Australia.

At a time when global warming is at the top of the world’s environmental agenda, he states that KKL-JNF has always been ahead of its time an example being the establishment of the largest man-made desert forest in the world in the Northern Negev, helping to reduce temperatures in the re-

Rob Schneider

gion. KKL-JNF is an observer member at the United Nations and a member of the International Arid Lands Consortium and shares its expertise with all countries willing to benefit from this.

Since its inception, amongst its many life-sustaining activities, KKL-JNF has created many new communities, planted in excess of 240 million trees, rehabilitated some of Israel’s major rivers systems, built over 200 water reservoirs, promoted projects to turn the desert green and above all has ensured that Jews all over the world are able, through KKLJNF, to maintain an indelible link that goes back generations with their historical homeland in Israel. Aside from his experience with the JNF, he has a track record of almost 40 years in the international conservation arena having been instrumental in the campaign to save the rhino, as well as having chaired a project aptly named “Project Noah’s Ark” – to help conserve endangered biblical animals in Israel. You can contact Robert by email: so that an appointment may be made ahead of his visit.

Business visas available in Myanmar As of 1 February 2013, Israeli nationals travelling to Myanmar can now receive their business visas upon arrival, without having to visit an embassy prior to their trip. In order to enjoy this simplified procedure, Israelis must land in Myanmar carrying the necessary documents and payment, and approach the “visa on arrival” desk at the airport. According to Israel’s embassy officials, the on-arrival procedure for a business visa should not take more than a few minutes. The following documents must be included: a letter of invitation from a Myanmar com-

pany, the Myanmar company’s registration document and US dollars (clean and not folded or crumpled). Before your trip, always ensure you are up to date with the most current regulations and requirements. For full details, visit the website of Myanmar’s Embassy in Tel-Aviv.

Higher level government cooperation between Vietnam and Israel In April, Vietnam’s Minister of Science and Technology, Nguyen Quan, and Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Meirav Shahar, officially signed a protocol on establishing the governmental joint committee on economic, scientific and technological cooperation and other relevant fields. According to the protocol, the two parties will establish a governmental joint committee composing representatives of relevant ministries and agencies of Vietnam and Israel. it will be co-chaired by Ministry of Science and Technology (Vietnam) and Ministry of Economy (Israel). The objectives of the committee is to promote bilateral relations and cooperation. Particularly in trade, investment, finance and banking;

Nguyen Quan and Meirav Shahar signing the protocol

science and technology, energy, agriculture and rural development. These are to be achieved through the implementation of agreed projects or programmes to be undertaken by the two countries, individually or jointly.

This protocol is at the highest level of governmental cooperation and marks a new level in Vietnam-Israel relationship. Particularly on the occasion of 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.



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Myanmar and Israel celebrate diplomatic ties On 25 April, Israel’s Embassy in Myanmar combined Israel’s 65th Independence Day reception with the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between Israel and Myanmar. The event, “60th years friendly diplomatic relations of Myanmar – Israel”, was celebrated at the Inya Lake hotel, and attended by U Myint Swe, Chief Minister of the Yangon regional government. Among the distinguished guests that attended were the Mayor of Yangon, U Hla Myint, Minister for Border and Security Affairs, Col. Tin Win, and

Guests at the reception

U Nyan Tun Oo, Minister for Electricity and Industry from the Yangon Regional Government Office. Other notable guests were heads of diplomatic missions in Yangon, defense attaches, heads and members of the UN and non-government organisations, and professionals from media and culture. Israel’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Hagay M. Behar, delivered opening remarks emphasising the 60 years of friendship between the countries. “The special relations between the two countries which started in the early fifties, were

Ambassador Behar and U Myint Swe

highlighted by the historic visit of Myanmar’s first Prime Minister U Nu to Israel, followed by the unforgettable visit of our legendary Prime Minister David Ben Gurion,”Ambassador Behar commented. “Over the years we have preserved this special relationship and friendship. We shared our knowledge, innovation and technologies in many fields such as agro-technology, water treatment, health and education. Today, like the entire international community, we encourage and support the reforms that are taking place in Myan-

mar, and I am totally confident that the cooperation between our countries will expand into many other fields and benefit both countries.” Ambassador Behar added. The event also featured a photo exhibition of the Dead Sea, showing it both from the ground and from satellite imaging. This event was a kick-off to a year of special celebrations of Myanmar-Israel relations, which will sustain and strengthen this friendship into the future.

Applications for 2013-14 Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship Applications are now open for the 2013-14 Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship, run by the Israel-Asia Center, an annual 8-month leadership programme for 12 Asian students studying at universities in Israel who show potential to be future leaders in their fields. The programme enables the students to build longterm partnerships with Israel. Components of the programme include meetings with leaders across different sectors of Israeli society, workshops to help the students operate more effectively in Israeli business culture.

In addition, students will have exposure to Israeli innovation and technology through field trips, high-level professional mentors, Israeli host families and access to business networking conferences and public speaking opportunities. Deadline for applications is 14 July. For further information and to apply:

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Feast of Freedom this years theme for UIA Dinner On 9 May the KH-UIA Hong Kong held their annual campaign launch dinner at the Jewish Community Centre. The theme of this year’s event was Feast of Freedom which tied in with the inspirational keynote speaker Noam Gershony, who flew in for one night at the invitation of the UIA organisers. Gershony has been dubbed ‘the gold medalist who came back from the dead’. In the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he won a gold medal for tennis. It was Israel’s first and only gold medal during the competition.

Gershony’s story is remarkable. When his helicopter crashed during the Second Lebanon War (2006), doctors did not believe he would survive. Gershony topped the national news when he was critically injured. En route to the combat zone, Gershony was involved in an Apache helicopter crash that cost the life of his co-pilot. With open wounds, loss of blood and multiple fractures, Gershony’s prognosis was not optimistic, and no one thought the then 23-year-old would survive his injuries. But Gershony did survive. After being airlifted to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa with an emergency stop at a Safed hospital after a respiratory collapse, and a second one in an open field when his blood pressure dropped to zero, he began the long, arduous journey back to health. Gershony proved that after years of therapy, operations and rehabilitation it was not only

S i g a l Ya n i v F e l l e r, I s r a e l Representative UIA, Hong Kong & Far East

Robert Dorfman, Chairman of UIA HK, Philippe Bera, Daniel Green and Irit Barash, Director UIA English Speaking Countries

possible to reach the Paralympics but to win a gold medal as well.

Four years after the crash, he started playing tennis at Tel Aviv’s centre for disabled veterans, and not long after that in 2010 he was good enough to begin playing at an international level. In his first Paralympics in London, he won gold. The audience gave Gershony a standing ovation. His story was captured with flashbacks of his life on a screen, growing up as a child to his rehabilitation in hospital to the winning point in the tennis final and the tears flowing from his eyes during the singing of the Hatikvah. Besides his sports career, Gershony volunteers at Makom Acher, a hostel for at-risk youth in Tel Aviv, and teaches mathematics to teenagers. Over the past year he has been travelling around the world telling his story.

Gershony’s story is in many ways the story of Israel and how KH-UIA supports people in need today and how hope and good spirit can help overcome physical disabilities, and how despite his personal story he decided to make sure he does something meaningful in his life. His message was strong and clear, and emphasised the importance of the work of organisations like KH-UIA Also in attendance at the dinner was a delegation of Hong Kong Jewish athletes to the Maccabiah games in Israel this summer, who found special

Delicious food served - Feast of Freedom

interest in his story and athletic achievements. Gershony was a natural fit to the Feast of Freedom theme, celebrating the freedom of the mind and spirit and enjoying what we have and the community we live in. The decoration this year was also a special community project, developed

Noam Gershony

by the UIA and the students from all three campuses of the JCC, Carmel and Elsa schools. The students decorated doves, that were hanging from the walls and ceiling and colouring the room with a special beauty and connection. Over 160 members of the Jewish community attended the dinner and enjoyed the inspira-

tional speaker. The UIA Hong Kong community continues to support the main issue of youth at risk in Israel. The dinner was organised by the UIA directors, chaired by Robert Dorfman and joined by the professional leadership of Daniel Green, Philippe Bera and the Israeli representative of the UIA in HK- Mrs. Sigal Yaniv Feller.


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Elsa High graduation - a landmark achievement for Hong Kong's Carmel’s secondary school On 21 May Elsa High School celebrated its first ever graduation, in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to Hong Kong Amikam Levy, community trustees, rabbis, past and present Carmel board chairs and honoured guests. Chaired by Robert Wilson, Elsa’s Deputy Head, and with beautiful performances by both the Elementary School Grade 3,4 and 5 Choir and the Elsa Choir, the speeches began with Neil Hyman, Chairman of the Board, recalling how just a few short years ago, what we were witnessing would have seemed impossible. But yet, here we were, an auditorium full of family and friends, and on stage were four exceptional graduates in cap and gown. In the middle, symbolic of the pivotal role she has played in making the impossible possible, was our Carmel School Principal Rachel Friedmann.

In her address to the graduates Mrs Friedmann stressed that “Education plus character” was what has been achieved:

recounted: “The graduates were so individual and honest and charming – oozing with self confidence!”

Neil Hyman, David Caron, Jasmine Kalati-Zadeh, Alex Rayo-Jones, Jeremy Lieberman and Rachel Friedmann

the Elsa focus, in the setting of our Jewish values and principles, is on development of the individual, and the individual’s role as an active member of a group. Joining Mr. Hyman, Mrs Friedmann and the graduates on the stage were special guests Kam Wong and Yotam Polizer. Hong Kong-born Wong, who presented the graduation diplomas, was educated at Baruch College, Wharton Business School and Cornell and is currently President and CEO of NCU. Yotam, a young Israeli passionate about Tikkun Olam,

is the Director of IsraAid in Japan. Yotam inspired students, speaking to them about the importance of being proactive in helping others and stepping forward to give of themselves, in the Jewish tradition. There would be no dissent among those in attendance Tuesday afternoon that the stars of the show were the graduating seniors. David Caron, Jasmine Kalati-Zadeh, Alex RayoJones and Jeremy Lieberman each took to the podium and delivered mature and touching reflections on their history at Carmel and Elsa. As one parent memorably

Indeed, each of the graduates recalled the unique journey that had delivered them to the stage. Yet their disparate journeys were bound by a common thread: the social, emotional, and intellectual support provided to the graduates by the Elsa community. Each graduate acknowledged the crucial role played by family, friends, teachers, and administration in the attainment of their goals. What they did not mention, but which was evident to all in attendance, was the

formidable bond that had developed between them over the years. Friendship does not capture the essence, rather, a small family had formed, at times chaotic, other times blissful, but always there, always together.

Perhaps it was thoughts such as these that inspired David to say the support received at Elsa “would have been possible nowhere else in the world.” And perhaps nowhere else in the world would students offer such eloquent testament to the importance of the Jewish foundations and of community in achieving one’s individual aspirations.        Supplied by James Wilson   IB History, MYP Humanities teacher.

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Shuli Garty Real Estate your reliable agent in Israel For those looking at central Israel especially the Sharon area, Shuli Garty Real Estate Agency are worth contacting. With a choice of agents located across the country, finding a reliable property agent can be challenging. Shuli Garty Real Estate Agency was founded in Ra’anana in 1992 by Shuli Garty. The agency specialises in property management, rentals, relocations to Israel and buying and selling of properties. For both Israeli expats outside the country and non-Israeli citizens looking to invest or relocate.

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Owner and proprietor, Shuli Garty, has lived and worked abroad as an Israeli Foreign Office representative for many years and is therefore very familiar with all the uncertainties which are experienced.

With more than two decades of relocation experience, and a variety of solutions for property services and the deep familiarity with the Ra’anana and Sharon area, Shuli Garty can give you some expert advice.

India’s Tata Industries partners with Tel Aviv University to fund innovation Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd., the University’s tech transfer company, and Tata Industries, a Tata group company, have entered into a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to fund and generate leading ‘commercialisation ready’ technologies in a wide range of fields, including engineering and exact sciences, environment and clean technology, pharmaceuticals and health care. Under the MoU, announced last month, Tata Industries will be the lead investor in Ramot’s US$ 20 million Technology Innovation Momentum Fund, which will invest in promising breakthrough technologies. Shlomo Nimrodi, the CEO of Ramot, commented, “Being a lead investor, Tata will be able to see a pipeline of technologies. They will have an option to commercialise certain promising opportunities from Tel Aviv University(TAU). The diversity of innovation at TAU,

team was exposed to more than 70 promising innovations and had the opportunity to interact with leading scientists at TAU.”

Shlomo Nimrodi

coupled with Tata’s uncompromising commitment, creates a major opportunity to impact communities across the world.” K. R. S. Jamwal, Executive Director of Tata Industries, said, “Tata has taken the decision to partner with Ramot and TAU with a desire to enhance capabilities of Tata companies and leverage technology as a differentiator for our businesses. An extensive due diligence process was conducted by CTOs from major Tata companies prior to this MoU and we were encouraged by the technological leadership, the passion and the commitment demonstrated by TAU. During this process, the Tata

Commenting on the development, the TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter, said, “We are extremely proud that Tata has selected TAU as its partner for innovation. Our joint initiative sets an example for others to follow. The MoU demonstrates TAU’s long-term commitment to enhancing India-Israel relations. TAU pioneered the prestigious IndiaIsrael Forum in 2007 with CII and Aspen India and this endeavour is bearing substantial fruits.” The Tata group comprises over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. The group has operations in more than 80 countries across six continents, and its companies export products and services to 85 countries.



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Hatikva in full flow for the ‘Love of Israel’

First Israel Diamond Pavilion at Jewellery Shanghai

What started out as a mission for the ‘Love of Israel’, with his strong Christian beliefs, Tony Tam, Founder and Chairman of Hatikva group has set his sights even further. Tam, a Hong Kong property developer and banker, felt the need to get closer to God and Israel, and has transformed his life around.

The Israeli Diamond Industry organised a national pavilion in May for the first time at Jewellery Shanghai 2013. The Israel Diamond Pavilion included thirteen leading diamond exporters as well as an information booth by the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI), organisers of the pavilion. The Shanghai trade show has established itself as a key venue for Chinese and foreign companies seeking to expand activities throughout the Chinese and Asian markets. Shanghai is China’s largest distribution centre for jewellery and has a thriving local retail sector.

Initially distributing some of his own brand of Hatikva watches with Hebrew numerals and a few Judaica products, his Hatikva group has now developed significantly over the past three years. The company has recently moved into a larger office complex to store the group’s products as well as employ more full-time staff. “What I am doing is 100% pure enjoyment, the satisfaction of making me happy and everyone around me,” Tam explains.

Tony Tam

Hatikva has plans to expand the Judaica product range and produce an online product catalogue and launch a website. All products are sourced from Israel, and the range will be significant, well in excess of 1000 products. This development will offer both retail and wholesale distributing opportunities for the group. The selection will range from Judaica art, ceramics, fashion, table cloths to more religious products such as kiddush cups, tallits, tefilan cases and bags. All in addition to his current product range which include kosher shofars, and menorahs bith sourced from the Holy Land.

In fact, Hatikva is the largest wholesale importer of shofars and menorahs in Asia. These products are mostly sold into retail Christian shops and Church centres. “Some of our high–end shofars that include silver and pearl designs, cost US$2000,” Tam added. He obviously feels that there is a market for these ‘one of a kind’ shofars in the

Hatikva expands its Judaica products

region. As a frequent visitor to Israel, Tam has spent considerable time and effort meeting suppliers and factory outlets and is now sourcing what he believes his Asian clients would need.

The business is mostly targeting an untapped audience of millions of Christians living in key countries in Asia, especially China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia. And of course a natural potential targeted audience of Jewish residents in the region. Another significant development recently has been Hatikva Holidays. A Hong Kong licensed travel agent, offering tourists vacations in Israel. The travel firm provides tailor made package tours for individuals and groups. Hatikva Holidays has also partnered with a major travel agency in Hong Kong. “We provide the cheapest airline ticket to Israel,” Tam commented. A new website for its holiday division is being launched.

Hatikva’s watch division is developing new lines apart from the current existing high precision Swiss movements, which incorporates sapphire gem stones. Tam is also looking to set up an import Israel wine division and has started with some cases from Israel’s Golan Winery.

But perhaps one of his most interesting developments has been in Tam's desire to open up an Israel Museum in Hong Kong which can be incorporated into a local Christian centre. While in Israel recently, he has recently purchased a collection of archeological artifacts dating back 3200 years from the Byzantine Period and Bronze Age. The selection includes oil lamps, oil jars and cooking pots. All these antiques come

with authentic certificates from Israel. Tam has also purchased 500 year old Torah parchments that originally come from Spain. What else will Tony and Hatikva develop in the coming future?

Asia is Israel’s second largest market for polished diamonds, representing over 35% of total polished diamond exports and these figures are growing steadily. Israel supplies

polished diamonds to Hong Kong, China, India, Thailand, Singapore and Japan. IDI Chairman Moti Ganz said: “The Israeli Diamond Industry is very interested in expanding our trade with this enormous and rapidly developing market. There has been a marked upturn in interest in diamonds and diamond jewellery in China, and Israeli diamonds have been eagerly sought after. By exhibiting in China we are demonstrating our belief in the Chinese economy and showing that we have taken a strategic decision to intensify our efforts in this market.” IDI Managing Director Eli Avidar said that there was great interest by Israeli companies in this show. He stressed that participation in the Shanghai show is part of IDI’s ongoing marketing efforts in the Asian region.

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Business News

Chinese law firm opens office in Israel

Medical devices seminar held in Taiwan

Yingke, China’s second largest law firm has officially opened up a legal practice in Israel. Earlier this year, the firm merged with Israeli law office Eyal Khayat Zolty, Neiger & Co. to facilitate its operation in Israel. The merged firm’s office in Israel will now be called Yingke Israel - Eyal Khayat Zolty, Neiger & Co.

Israel’s representative office in Taiwan held a seminar in May to promote the Israeli medical devices industry and invite Taiwanese companies in related fields to attend an international show on medical innovation in Israel in June. In attendance was Israel’s representative to Taiwan Simona Halperin along with experts from Israel who briefed participants on the development of the medical devices industry.

Yingke was founded in Beijing in 2001, it operates 20 offices in China and 16 international offices worldwide and employs over 2000 lawyers overall. The Israeli practice law firm compliments Yingke’s main business activity as they both specialise in a variety of areas in civil, administrative and commercial law. At a recent reception to establish the new law firm two senior partners of the Chinese firm, Mei Xiangrong, who serves as the Managing Partner, and Linda Yang, Partner who is in charge of International Business Development were in attendance. “We and our Chinese partners view our relationship with Yingke as an important and complementary step in the international activity of our offices,” said Eyal Khayat. “The Chinese examined various options in Israel, and in

Eyal Khayat

the end we were selected due to our relative advantages that set us apart from the other contenders for a merger. The Chinese believed our prominence in the various areas of high-tech, venture capital and the government sector to be important,” he added. Advocate Linda Yang said, “Israel is known the world over as a ‘start-up nation,’ and we see this as another step in promoting the business relations between Israel and China, with us as the address for national business organisations interested in establishing relationships with their counterparts worldwide.” She continued, “At the legal and business level, the merger is expected to help strengthen the business relations between Israel clients and companies and businesses in China, and to offer Israeli companies that want to receive legal services in China direct access to the leading firm in China.”

Eyal Khayat Zolty, Neiger & Co was established in 2001, Israel. Since then the firm has gained a prominent position in the legal and commercial arena and has also been internationally recognised and endorsed by legal directories such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Legal Experts, Dunn’s 100 and others for its venture capital, high-tech and corporate and M&A activities.

Israel has advanced medical device technologies and is one of the world’s major exporting countries. Taiwanese company rep-

“The Alma team are proud to be joining Fosun. In the field of healthcare and medical beauty equipment strategic development, Alma will focus on business development in Asia and benefit from Fosuns expertise,” commented Ziv Karni, Alma’s CEO and Founder. From a global perspective,

the medical beauty equipment market has room for growth. Alma entered China in 2003, and quickly became a cosmetic laser device market leader, resulting in China becoming one of the company's biggest market.

“We are very optimistic about the global medical beauty market gro w th prospe cts, especially in order to China, Brazil, Russia and India, as the representative of developing countries have a huge space for development. Fosun Pharmaceutical companies will continue to support the Alma In the global business development,” said Rudy Chan, chairman of Fosun Pharma. Alma was founded in 1999, and has a development and production company headquartered

The biennial event brings together representatives from over 50 countries to exchange ideas with their Israeli counterparts on methodologies, challenges and opportunities in medicine. The event will consist of an international forum on public health, an exhibition and business meetings to enhance cooperation among different countries.

Infinity Group partners with COFCO to establish Beijing Eco-Valley Infinity Group, a cross-border, private equity platform and its partner the LR Group, announced in May that is has committed to taking part in building and financing the new Beijing Eco-Valley Project, the first Sino-Israeli ‘smart’ agricultural city. The project is a joint initiative between Infinity Group, food industry giant COFCO Group, and the city of Beijing, with the support of the Israeli government.

COFCO is one out of five top Chinese brands worldwide. Infinity and the LR Group will participate in an investment in

Fosun Pharmaceutical acquires medical beauty equipment company One of China’s leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Ltd announced in April the acquisition of Alma Lasers Ltd. Shanghai Fosun will own a 95.6% stake, the purchase price was US$240 million. Alma is a world-renowned medical laser, photonic, RF and ultrasound equipment supplier, operating globally.

resentatives and academics in related fields who attended were briefed on the 2nd Medical Devices & Health Information Technology Conference & Exhibition which is being held from 10-13 June in Tel Aviv.

in Israel’s high-tech city of Caesarea. Alma’s founder, Dr. Ziv Karni, has been engaged in the research and development of medical lasers for 20 years, He is a pioneer in his field of clinical applications of laser technology.

agriculture tourism, resort hotels, as well as commercial and residential properties. Ambassador Velnai said, “This model of cooperation is a symbol of China-Israel cooperation in the area of technology, agriculture and innovation. Many companies are expected to take part in such a dream.”

Amir Gal-Or

Eco-Valley and its agricultural project in excess of RMB 1 billion out of a planned RMB 10 billion for the long term. The total size of Eco-Valley will be 11.2 sq. kilometres. The announcement was made at a signing ceremony in Beijing, attended by the Ambassador to China from Israel, Matan Velnai, Chairman of the Board of COFCO Group, Ning Gaoning, Vice Chairman of COFCO Group, Zhou Zheng, Managing Partner of Infinity Group, Amir Gal-Or and the District Mayor of Fangshan, Beijing, Qi Hong. According to the agreement, COFCO plans to use agri-tech and resources provided by Infinity’s network of technology and know-how to improve food quality.

Amir Gal-Or, Founder and Managing Partner of Infinity Group said, “Since 2003, Infinity Group has trail-blazed the area of Chinese-Israeli technology and innovation cooperation. Though others have followed, it is Infinity Group that has always led the way in terms of vision and implementation of new concepts and entities like the IP Bank.” “Today we are very pleased to announce our most recent initiative, the ‘smart agricultural city’, intended to take innovation cooperation to the next level. We are also extremely proud that the first smart agricultural city, of hopefully many to come, is built on the foundation of a strong partnership with industry leader COFCO. 20% ownership in the Eco-Valley project is an attractive investment,” Gal-Or concluded.

Infinity and LR will also provide a professional team for Eco-Valley’s agricultural operation. Project features are to include high-end agricultural production, high-tech demonstrations, an ecological landscape,

Zhou Zheng


Jewish Times Asia June 2013

UWC March of the Living 2013

A Vehicle for Change We walked through the two lines of barbed wire at Auschwitz and, at that moment, there was no air to breathe. It was not the sight and sounds of the place…it was seeing our classmates walking inside the fence. The air evaporated, the mind screamed. Here twentyfive students from around the world were on a search to learn about European history, for the March of the Living 2013. It is 8 April 2013. Far from their homes, students from United World Colleges (UWC), stand in a circle in the bittercold snow of Poland, listening, thinking about the past. Most of them are young, sixteen to nineteen years old, and have travelled to this place from all over the world, ready to undertake a journey that will change their lives forever. UWC is an international education movement including twelve schools worldwide, attended by students from over 140 nations. The concept of the movement, created by the German-Jewish educationalist Kurt Hahn in 1962, aims at uniting young people from all over the world, so that they can live and learn together for two years. During this time the students initiate and participate in several projects promoting global tolerance, equal rights, mutual responsibility, international understanding, peace and sustainability. Last year, a teacher at Li Po Chun United World College of

up and fought back in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Mona, a student from Lebanon, later wrote that the room that most intrigued her was “a room with dolls made by the children. They had many dolls and they gave each one a name and character that reflected how they were seen in real life. This showed me the constant terror these children were living in.” Another stop was an old orphanage founded by Janusz Korczak, which accepted specifically Jewish children before the Holocaust. “We could see that it had not been destroyed”, Azerbaijani-Turkish student Cengiz Cemaloglu remembers.

The UWC MOTL group at the infamous gates of Auschwitz, April and still bitterly cold

Hong Kong, Hayley Goldberg, decided to try to organise a link between UWC and the March of the Living. The March of the Living is an annual educational initiative that brings people and especially students from all over the world together “in order to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate.” Since the first March in 1988, over 150,000 people from all around the world have marched down the same path leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Experiencing this herself four years ago and curious about her own Jewish past and

family history, Hayley had realised that the purpose and idea of the March fitted very well with the UWC mission, experience and values. The March, commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, a day to remember and reminds participants that the past should not be allowed to happen againthrough international understanding, celebration of difference and cultural sensitivity, all of which are values central to the UWC movement. “That is why I decided to initiate the UWC March of the Living”, explained Goldberg, who is also an Educator Advisor and Executive Board Member of Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC). “I saw the March experience as a vehicle for change, when last summer Dr Shmuel Rosenman, the founder of the March of the Living International, came through Hong Kong en route to Australia. We met and he was overwhelmed and intrigued by the idea of a UWC March of the Living. And so the project was born,” Goldberg added.

Cengiz Cemaloglu, student from Li Po Chun UWC, leading the group on the March from Auschwitz to Birkenau

From the very start, funding was the biggest issue as the majority of UWC students attend

the schools on full or partial scholarships. Fortunately, Dr Rosenman, as chair of March of the Living International, was ready to co-sponsor the students for all their expenses and the flights were also sponsored by EL AL Asia Pacific General Manager Yair Berrebi. The group also benefited from further support and guidance by Dr Glenn Timmermanns, Executive Board Member of HKHTC and an expert in Holocaust Studies from Macau University. He accompanied the students to Poland, together with Michal Gat Gilad, Li Po Chun Alumni and past Chairperson for the Israeli National Committee, who assisted them on the trip.

“It still works as an orphanage for Polish children today. This really made me grasp the aspect of “absence of presence and presence of absence,” reiterated by our Canadian guide, Mike Hollander. We could genuinely feel that Jews used to live here - but now not anymore. And we know why not.” A visit to the main Jewish cemetery in Warsaw, home to the largest number of Jews in the world apart from New York in the years immediately before the War, showed the students the diversity of Jews that used to live in the area, visiting the graveside of Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof who was a Jewish doctor, linguist, and the creator of Esperanto. There were pictures or symbols on the tombstones, showing what individual Jews had

Students from twenty-two different countries and speaking no less than twenty-eight languages attended the March, the most diverse group participating. The trip for the UWC students consisted not only of the March but included many other aspects of Jewish and Polish life and history as well. The students visited the Polish Resistance Museum in Warsaw, where they learned how Poles were also murdered during the war and how they rose

Hayley Goldberg with Aharon Tamir - Vice-President of MOTL

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Birkenau – UWC students leaving tributes along the railway towards the gas chambers

contributed to the community including books for teachers and authors, money for charity or banking. A particularly moving part of the trip was the visit to Treblinka, a former extermination camp where over 880,000 Jews and many Roma were murdered. Treblinka was a death camp, meaning that the probability of dying was definite, without any selection, concentration or labour taking place. For the students, this aspect of the site was especially disturbing and “terrifying”, knowing that so many people had perished on the grounds on which they now stood, without knowing until their final moments that they were to be killed. Cengiz still sees the striking landscape and continues to feel what he felt then, as if it was yesterday: “In Treblinka there was nothing but scattered stones, snow and trees. Additionally, it was bitterly cold during the whole trip. Temperatures never exceeded 5°C,” Cengriz commented.

Everybody got really cold, which just added to the experience. We knew that we were wearing four layers of clothes and were trembling - but the people back then had to work, starve and live in these beyondappalling conditions for months, or years. The programme around the March taught the students much about Polish and Jewish life around the world: Why Jewish communities exist in so many countries; how they unite, though they live in such distinct environments; what values unite them as a nation; as well as the relationship between Israel, contemporary Jewish life and the Holocaust. “It also showed how the Polish people live now, seeing that they have this history”, Cengiz explains. “Hence it really introduced to me the bigger picture of Jewish culture and history.” The students’ guide, Hollander, said that if they went home with more questions than they had upon their arrival, then he would have done his job.

Dominique, a UWC student from Malaysia/Switzerland, later wrote: “After all we’ve been through, there are so many feelings and thoughts that I want to articulate almost desperately. The Holocaust is something I always knew about, but the extent of its horrors I never quite knew until now. Trying to come to terms with the fact that all this did happen seems to be an impossible task. Yet, out of the intense darkness of it all, I think one aspect that is often overlooked is the awesome bravery of those who exposed the other extreme of humanity - those we call the righteous. It is the righteous that allow us to continue to believe in humanity.” Overall, the students agree that the apex of their journey to Poland, the most memorable part of the trip, was the 3km march from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Just before they started the March, the sun suddenly broke through the sky, which had been full of clouds all week long. Within moments, the 11,000 marchers grew euphoric, walking together in joy and taking off their scarfs and hats as the sun warmed their skin. “It was like in a movie,” one of the students reminisces, while Alexia, a student from Rwanda, recounts how “when we arrived at the March, goodness me, it was crowded but at the same time amazing. It is incredible to have more-or less ten thousand people from all over the world at the same place, and all united for the same reason. I personally never saw that before.” She also sensed different atmospheres among these


The collective March experience March of the Living is an event that takes Jews from around the world to Poland to walk in the footsteps of those that lost their lives in the Holocaust. Tens of thousands March from Auschwitz to Birkenau marching: “For some people the march was a happy moment, for others a serious one. That’s what I loved: Each person was there for the same event but also with their own purpose,” Alexia added. When the group of people arrived at Birkenau, they commemorated the Holocaust, sharing their thoughts and feelings. “The UWC aspect”, Cengiz explains, “was that we could break each other’s stereotypes. In the very end of the trip we all came together, as UWC students, stood arm in arm and sang together. It was beautiful; you could see politically hostile countries coming together, like Lebanon and Israel. And I felt like that was the symbol of the whole experience.” Already on their journeys home, the memories and whirling thoughts would not let the students sleep. In the reflections that they later sent to the coordinators, many wrote about their confusion, remaining horror and newly found introspection: “It’s hard to think that in only five days my whole world could change without me realising it”, a student wrote, “but then again,

retraced the final steps of millions through the concentration camps of Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The journey culminates with a moving ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating those that perished but with hope for the future. it’s hard to think that in only five years the whole world did as well. And it will never be the same. Words will never be the same. ‘Hunger’ will never mean what it used to. ‘Cold’ will never mean what it used to. ‘Tired’ will never mean what it used to. But most of all, ‘Survival’ will never mean the same. I will never be the same.” The UWC March of the Living was a life-changing experience for all involved. The students were impressed by the strength and courage of Noah Klieger, a Holocaust survivor they had met one evening; moved by the mountains of clothes they saw in Auschwitz, piled up decades ago; inspired by the peace and tolerance that they could experience there, being united for one cause despite their cultural, religious and national differences. In our busy every-day lives we are inclined to forget all too often why intercultural understanding and global tolerance are so important. Supplied by Li Po Chun United World College Year 2 Student Lara Schech from Germany

Auschwitz – remnants of evil

Treblinka- remembering the murdered at the site of the gas chambers

Logo of UWC March of the Living - the Living remember

880,000 Jews and Roma - the vast majority were murdered here

At the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Monument – symbol of resistance

Noah Klieger, survivor of Auschwitz and other camps, with UWC students


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Art and Culture

Concert to celebrate relations with Israel and Vietnam The Israeli Embassy in Vietnam, in collaboration with the National Academy of Music, held a gala concert named Friendship Melody in Hanoi on 11 April to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-Israel diplomatic ties and the 65th Independence Day of Israel. Special guest appearances at the concert came from two leading singers David D’or from Israel and Thanh Lam from Vietnam, who performed at the Hanoi Opera House.

D’or has visited Asia many times, and is regarded as one of Israel’s top vocalists. Apart from his vocals he is also a very accomplished composer and songwriter. He is a three-time winner of the Israeli Singer of the Year and Best Vocal Performer awards. D’Or, who has been referred to as “Israel’s most acclaimed modern singer”, has performed a wide variety of music genres. The musical programme took place in a vibrant atmosphere, with performers from Vietnam and Israel singing many songs together. They were

Israeli Food Week held in India To mark the celebration of Israel’s 65th Independence Day, Israel’s Embassy in India and the Hyatt Regency Hotel, presented an Israeli Food Week in April, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Delhi. A special culinary presentation was created by Israeli celebrity Chef Zachi Bukshester.

David D’or performing at Friendship Melody

accompanied on stage with the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Eaton. Eaton is the music director of the New York City Symphony since 1985. He has also been an active composer, with 49 original compositions and over 600 arrangements and original songs to his credit. He has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras in Asia, Canada, Israel, Europe, Central and South America, Russia, Ukraine and the US.

The concert was considered the biggest event this year to celebrate the 20 years of strong diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Israel.

At the event, Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam Meirav Shahar

conveyed a message from Israel’s President Shimon Peres to the people of Vietnam, saying Israel highly values bilateral relations with Vietnam and will continue making every effort to expand the relationship. Ambassador Shahar said that the embassy is working with many organisations in the country to create more cultural and diplomatic events for this special year.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan recalled the Israeli President’s visit to Vietnam in November 2011, considering it an important factor in intensifying the two countries’ multifaceted cooperation.

Bukshester, one of the pioneers of haute cuisine in Israel and host of numerous popular cooking shows, is considered an authority on the modern Israeli palate. Together with Chef and Food Stylist Eran Zino and the Hyatt Hotel Chef, they prepared various delicacies with a Mediterranean fusion and MiddleEast fragrances for hotel guests and visitors.

Chef Zachi Bukshester

Bukshester never intended to become a professional chef. As a food enthusiast he enrolled in the Chef & Hotelier School Tadmor in Herzliya simply to further his knowledge. Bukshester hosts a popular television show on food and has written restaurant reviews. He is also a well-known food stylist with a vast resume of successful projects behind him and known abroad for his role in the book Taste of Israel.

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Art and Culture

Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah Agam invites interaction with his art jointly acquired by two museums Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, who is best known for his optical and kinetic art, invited Taiwanese visitors to interact with his artworks that have been on display in Taichung City, Central Taiwan. The exhibition, titled “Yaacov Agam: Beyond the Invisible,” comprises around 50 pieces created by Agam since 1965, according to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts where the exhibition was recently being held.

The Frankfurt Mishneh Torah

The recent Sotheby’s Judaica auction that featured rare objects and manuscripts from the collection of Judy and Michael Steinhardt has resulted in some of the most important lots being bought by museums.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, announced the joint acquisition of a rare handwritten copy of the Mishneh Torah by Maimonides, one of the most important rabbinical figures of the Middle Ages. The manuscript will be shared by the two museums on a rotating basis. Created in Northern Italy in ca. 1457, this beautifully illustrated Hebrew text includes the eight final books of the Mishneh Torah, the first systematic codification of Jewish law. The manuscript is richly illuminated, with six large painted panels decorated in precious pigments and gold leaf, as well as fortyone smaller illustrations with gold lettering adorning the opening words of each chapter. These detailed illustrations, executed in the style of Northern Italian Renaissance miniature painting, along with the manuscript’s elegant script, make it one of the finest extant illuminated copies of the Mishneh Torah ever to be created. The manuscript underwent a complete restoration in the Paper Conservation Laboratory at the Israel Museum, where it has been on long-term loan since 2007 and on view to the public since 2010.

Michael Steinhardt

“The Mishneh Torah is a rare treasure that unites Jewish literary heritage with some of the finest illuminations from the Italian Renaissance,” said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum.

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stated, “We are pleased and proud to collaborate with the Israel Museum on acquiring such a rare and important manuscript for both of our institutions. The Mishneh Torah is a justly celebrated work that attests to the refined aesthetic sensibility of members of Italy’s Jewish community as well as to the opulence of North Italian book decoration in the 15th century.” Michael Steinhardt added, “We could not be happier that this rare and remarkable manuscript will be in the care of the Israel Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in perpetuity. One of the world’s most significant Hebrew manuscripts, the Mishneh Torah will add important new dimensions to both collections—and its shared homes in New York and Jerusalem will ensure the broadest public engagement with the work. Judy and I are also delighted for our role within the group of donors who are making this key acquisition possible.”

The second volume, which includes books VII-XIV and is often referred to today as the “Frankfurt Mishneh Torah,” reached Germany as part of the collection of Avraham Merzbacher of Munich until the end of the 19th century and was later presented to the Frankfurt Municipal Library. In 1950, a Frankfurt Jewish family acquired the manuscript, along with seven others, in exchange for property that the city wished to acquire for municipal development. It remained in the family until its 2007 purchase by Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York.

The display includes Agam’s best-known work relief paintings made up of countless triangular pillars that look different from different angles. It also includes his kinetic sculptures geometric metallic sculptures that can change shape and form upon touch and transformable paintings that allow the movement of items to new

and unexpected”, said 85 year old Agam, who is known for bringing the concepts of time, change and motion to his work. Culture Minister Lung Yingtai encouraged teachers and parents to take their students and children to the exhibition to learn more about colour and dimensions.

Yaacov Agam

positions to change the look of the painting. The artist’s earlier paintings have been converted into digital interactive art that is also on display at the exhibition, according to the museum. “I think it (my art) could help people to better understand the reality, which is ever-changing

Israel’s representative to Taiwan Simona Halperin commented that Agam’s work not only changed people’s perception of art in the 1950s, but also developed a unique visual education programme for children. In 1996, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation awarded Agam a medal for his “Agam Program for Visual Cognition.” which introduces basic visual concepts such as geometric shapes, directions, colours and size relationships to children.

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Art and Culture

Through the lens of Alon Garty

Lunch Party in Tokyo

Photographer Alon Garty presented an exhibition entitled Contrastes at the Mexican Stock Exhange in April. The exhibition of photo compositions portraying China and Hong Kong. The pictures showcase new technologies and traditional objects and links to the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The images through the sample “contrasts” portrays both aspects of the urban mix of social, cultural natural landscapes and places. Israeli born Garty is a son of a diplomat who grew up in Isra-

Bells of hope

An Israeli lunch event was organised at a trendy restaurant in Tokyo. Well over 100 people attended the special lunch, comprising a mix of local Japanese and Israeli expatriates living in the city.

Sin título

New Babylon

el, Italy and France. After working in Belgium for several years, he has been living in Hong Kong since 2008. His passion for photography began in 2001 during his first trip to South East Asia. He has had multiple exhibitions in many locations including Israel, Belgium, Mexico and Hong Kong. Garty was dazzled by the architecture and mysticism of Hong Kong.”The journey is a reward” and moved this idea into a book. Garty has developed a unique style, which can be seen in his current work. Gar-

ty’s first book, was published in Hong Kong 2012. The title Hong Kong by Alon Garty was selected a the book of the month

in August 2012 by Dymocks, a book retailer. It was also selected by Page one to be one of the highlighted titles of 2012.

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Barbra Streisand to perform in Israel


n what the New York Daily News described as “The Hottest Ticket In Town” and whom the Huffington Post called “The Greatest Star by Far,” Barbra Streisand will bring her spectacular stage show to Israel for the very first time this summer, playing the Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv on 20 June 2013. The Jewish - American iconic singer and actress will perform at the stadium in front of some 16,000 spectators. Barbra Streisand Live promises to be a magical evening of timeless hits, combining her elegant voice, with self-deprecating humor and charming banter.

The singer will be surrounded by a 60-piece orchestra and accompanied by special guests Chris Botti, her son Jason Gould, and sister Roslyn Kind, all of whom performed last year on Back to Brooklyn, Streisand’s highly successful North American tour.

The most accomplished female recording artist ever, Streisand has received 10 Grammys





Honors. The three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations.

Apart from performing in Israel, Streisand will also receive an honorary doctorate from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She will be presented with the degree at a special ceremony on 17 June.

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including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Legend Awards 51 gold albums, 30 platinum albums, and 13 multiplatinum albums. According to the RIAA, she is the No. 1 best selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the Top 10 all time best selling artists list. An artist of unparalleled accomplishments in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has made her mark as an award winning actress of stage and screen, recording artist, concert performer, film director, producer, screenwriter, songwriter, philanthropist, designer, photographer,



author and activist. Streisand is the only artist ever to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France’s Legion d’Honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is, in fact, the recipient of 2 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 10 Grammys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In addition, Streisand is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center

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In a statement, the university said Streisand was being recognised for “her professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.” Streisand established the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies on the university’s Mount Scopus campus in 1984 in memory of her father.

“Barbra Streisand’s transcendent talent is matched by her passionate concern for equality and opportunity for people of every gender and background,” said Menahem Ben-Sasson, Hebrew University President. “Equally important, her love of Israel and her Jewish heritage are reflected in so many aspects of her life and career,” Ben-Sasson added. On 18 June, Streisand will also perform at the opening ceremony of the Israeli Presidential Conference, which is marking President Shimon Peres 90th birthday. Streisand, has visited the Jewish state many times but has never performed until later this month.

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Ancient wine press discovered

The discovery was made during salvage excavations prior to the construction of a banqueting garden in the area. According to Dr. Rina Avner, the IAA excavation director, “The wine press exceed-

ed 100 square metres in area. It consists of a large treading floor surrounded by six compartments on the north and east.

Saar Ganor, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority


emains of a B y z a n t i n e settlement with an impressive wine press, probably owned by Christians, were recently excavated on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) near Hamei Yo ’ a v , n e a r A s h k e l o n .

These compartments were used for fermenting grapes upon their arrival from the vineyards, to produce high quality of wine. The treading floor slopes to the west, where a settling vat and two collecting pits are situated in a row. A led pipe connects between the treading floor and the settling vat, which in turn is connected by two led pipes to the two collecting pits”.

Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

“In the centre of the treading floor is a depression, intended for a screw press. This device would allow applying further pressure to the grape remains from the compartments and thus, to produce vinegar and low-quality wine, mentioned in rabbinic sources as “paupers’ wine”.

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The wine press will undergo conservation and will be incorporated into the modern complex of the banqueting garden, near the spa of Hamei Yo’av.

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The owner of the winepress was probably Christian, as attested by a ceramic lantern found nearby, which was deco-

Ceramic lantern and accessories

The wine press at Hamei Yoav and three similar wine presses are located along the ancient road leading from Beit Guvrin to ancient Ashkelon and its port, thereby facilitating the transportation of wine to Ashkelon and onward from the port of Ashkelon to Europe and North Africa.

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rated with five crosses. The lantern has the shape of a miniature church building; an oval opening on one side served to insert an oil lamp. The other sides of the lantern were decorated in geometric patterns, creating a design of palm branches. The crosses adorned the walls of the lantern, so when the lantern was lit, crosses were projected on the walls and the ceiling.

Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

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Education Planning to the UK you need to be very academic. If you apply to both you need to think about what kinds of activity could be spun both ways to support each style of application. And don’t forget to have fun!

The last year of school starts NOW

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For most students attending international schools in the Asia region the penultimate year of school often seems quite relaxing. Final exams are a long way away and school exams seem unimportant. Why stress? Well, not only is a bit of stress good for you but the reality is that the all important final year really gets under way in June, not August. These days completing high school almost always leads on to some form of further education. At international schools, the destination of choice is usually more than 90% to university. And the competition is increasing all the time. Most major university destinations have application deadlines that fall somewhere be-

tween October and January of the last year of school.

not consider applicants with lower grades.

For the UK, Oxbridge applications and applications to medical school and veterinary school are October 15. Everyone else is January 15. NonJupas (i.e. those applying with non-local qualifications) applicants in Hong Kong apply in November.

All universities want to see reports from schools and your teachers, particularly those who taught you a subject you may continue to study. You help your teachers if you have consistently good grades through school. So your end of year exams in your penultimate year really can be just as important as the real thing. If you don’t get an offer, your final grades count for nothing.

For the US it is January 1, although many colleges have early admissions schemes. In Israel there are often two entry points with deadlines in November and February. Those school exams that won’t count for your final grades? – think again. They are often a major source of information for your predicted grades. Some schools simply use school grades as the predicted final grade. These go into your university applications and with competition for places so high, the top universities will

Numerous academic camps now exist, often located in top universities which help to give you a flavour of what it will be like to study there. You could also look to go off on a field trip, expedition or some form of travel experience that could be linked to your intended area of study.

You may want to avoid any extra testing so this should be something you think about when choosing your courses

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Another factor to consider are the entrance exams that many universities now use. All US and Israeli universities require an SAT test. In the UK, tests are less common apart from very oversubscribed courses such as medicine and law, or oversubscribed universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

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Alternative Investments

Investing in rare stamps makes sense in today’s volatile market Marco Kaster, Investment Director Stanley Gibbons Asia

Rare investment-grade stamps have proven to be a stable, noncorrelating asset, largely immune to economic events. This stability can be attributed to collectors not the fear, greed and speculation that generally drive financial markets. Prestige collectors wait years before finding a particular stamp they are looking for, and,

Finally, an investment in rare stamps is relatively affordable, starting at around HK$120,000 (GBP10,000) and which will give the investor a portfolio comprising five or six stamps.

on their rarity and condition, although there are exceptions such as printing errors that are by definition rare but condition is less paramount.

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Diversification is vital in the new fragile economy that has emerged over the past few years. However, there are still relatively few investors who have identified the benefits of diversification and that is why, time and time again, wealth is destroyed when there is a stock market or house price correction, as most investors are overexposed in these areas.

The two indices also showed increases of 32.7% and 38.6% respectively between 2007 and 2008 when global markets collapsed, clearly demonstrating rare stamps’ lack of correlation to global economic events.

when they get it, they are likely to hold on to it. Collectors do not rush to sell at the first sign of an economic downturn; if anything, they will add more to their collections. Over the last 100 years, according to an independent study (Dimson and Spanjaers, 2009) the market for British stamps has risen in value by 6.7% a year (2.7% after inflation) – and this is the totality of GB stamps, not investment-grade stamps.

Stamps have been collected ever since the Penny Black was issued in 1840 but investing in stamps is a relatively new phenomenon. The distinction between collectible and investment-grade stamps must first be understood though: Collectible stamps are collected by people who are interested in philately. Investment-grade stamps, on the other hand, are stamps identified as having the potential to grow in value, primarily based SGVersion2:Layout 1

Only a small fraction of stamps are considered investment-grade, and therefore likely to increase in value, and each requires a detailed appraisal so it is vital to find an expert as there are numerous factors to take into consideration.

Much of the appeal also lies in the fact that this type of investment is easy to understand and straight-forward to execute. Investors own the asset (the stamps) so there is nothing virtual about it. Backed by a specialist team comprising some of the world’s most well-respected philatelists, Stanley Gibbons brings expertise in relation to investment in rare stamps, coins and other premium collectibles to the Asian Market.

The GB250 Rare Stamp Index which tracks performance of all British stamps valued at HK$120,000 (GBP10,000) and above, and which is quoted on Bloomberg has shown an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9% over the past 10 years.

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Special Day

Fast of Tammuz


n the 17th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Tammuz is a fast day. That day commemorates the fall of Jerusalem, prior to the destruction of the H o l y Te m p l e . T h i s a l s o marks the beginning of a three week national period of mourning, leading up to the fast day of Tisha B’Av. The 17th of Tammuz is the first of four fast days mentioned in the prophets. The purpose of a fast day is to awaken our sense of loss over the destruction of the Temple and the subsequent Jewish journey into exile. Agonising and sad and feeling a sense of despair over these events, the fast is meant to help us conquer those spiritual deficiencies which brought about these tragic events. Through the process of Teshuva, self-introspection and a commitment to improve we have the power to transform tragedy into joy. In fact, the Talmud says that after the future redemption of

struction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.

• Prior to the Great Revolt, the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll – setting a precedent for the horrifying burning of Jewish books throughout the centuries. • An idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration. The kotel in Jerusalem

Israel and the rebuilding of the Temple, these fast days will be re-dedicated as days of rejoicing and festivity. For as the prophet Zechariah says: the 17th of Tammuz will become a day of “joy to the House of Judah, and gladness and cheerful feasts.” What happened on the 17th of Tammuz? Five great catastrophes oc-

curred in Jewish history on the 17th of Tammuz:

• Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai – in response to the sin of the Golden Calf.

• The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals. • Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the de-

Originally, the fast was observed on the Ninth of Tammuz since that was the day Jerusalem fell prior to the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE. However, after Jerusalem fell on the 17th of Tammuz prior to the destruction of the Second Temple, the Sages decided upon a combined observance for both tragedies, on this day. How do we observe the 17th of Tammuz?

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dawn, until dusk.

• Pregnant and nursing women and others whose health would be adversely affected are exempted from the fast.

• Should the day coincide with Shabbat, the fast is delayed until Sunday. • Bathing, anointing, and wearing leather shoes are all permissible. • The Aneinu prayer is inserted into the Amidah of Shacharis and Mincha by the chazan. Individuals insert it in Mincha only.

• Slichos and Avinu Malkeinu are recited.

• Exodus 32:11, in which the “13 Attributes of Mercy” are mentioned, is read at both the morning and afternoon services. • Isaiah 55:6-56:8, which discusses the renewal of the Temple service, is read as the Haftorah at the Mincha service. Supplied by

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June Parashas 1 June 2013 / 23 Sivan 5773: SHELACH LECHAH SHABBAT MEVARECHIM

The Twelve spies, representing each of the 12 Tribes, are sent to search out the Promised Land. Ten bring back a negative report, two – Joshua and Caleb present a contrary report that they can overcome the inhabitants of the land. The people are alarmed by the negative report. Moses and Aaron are unable to placate them. G-d decrees that the Israelites will journey in the wilderness for 40 years, until those who are present will not enter the land (with the exception of Joshua and Caleb). The laws of the meal-offering and libations are described.

8 June 2013 / 30 Sivan 5773: KORACH

There are two rebellions. First, Korach, a Levite who was passed over for the leadership of his tribe, challenges Moshe over the position of High Priest. Korach convinces 250 men that each and every one of them has the right to the office of High Priest.All 250 followers of Korach accept Moshe’s challenge to bring an offering of incense to see who G-d chooses to fill the one position. This meant that every man figured he would be the one out of 250 to not only be chosen, but to survive the ordeal. Moshe announces that if the earth splits and swallows up the rebels it is a sign that he (Moshe) is acting on G-d’s authority. Korach, together with Datan and Abiram are swallowed up by the earth. The next day the entire Israelite community rises in a second rebellion and complains to Moshe. G-d brings a plague which kills 14,700 people and only stops when Aharon offers an incense offering (thus demonstrating that it is not the offering of incense itself which kills (i.e.., the 250 followers of Korach), but the Almighty’s decision upon those who rebelled. HOLIDAYS/ FASTS/ ROSH CHODESH Rosh Chodesh: 8 June 2013 (30 Sivan 5773) 9 June 2013 (1 Tammuz 5773)

Fast of 17 B’Tammuz: 25 June 2013 (17 Tammuz 5773)

The position of the Kohanim is explained, together with the gifts that they should receive for their work in the Tabernacle.

15 June 2013 / 7 Tammuz 5773: CHUKAT

Laws of the Red Heifer and the laws purification are listed. G-d tells the Jewish people about a law they need to follow. The commandant is that if the Jewish people find a cow that’s completely red in colour, they should burn the cow and use the ashes for a purification process. The Children of Israel arrive in the wilderness where there is no water to drink. Moses is told to talk to the stone, but instead strikes it with his staff. G-d tells him and Aaron they will not lead the people into the Promised Land. Edomites refuse to let the Israelites pass through their land. Aaron dies and is buried on Mount Hor.

22 June 2013 / 14 Tammuz 5773: BALAK

A king named Balak wanted to curse the Jewish people. He sought out a prophet named Balaam to carry out this wish and sent his officers to summon him. Balaam asked G-d if he could go, but G-d immediately told him not to go and curse the Jewish people because they were a people who were “blessed.” But when Balaam relayed this answer to the king’s officers, Balaam left that part out. An angel tells Bilaam to only use the the words G-d gives him and consequently blesses the Children of Israel. The Moabites entice the Israelites into idol worship.

29 June 2013 / 21 Tammuz 5773: PINCHAS

As a reward for his act of zealousness, Pinchas is appointed as a Kohain. Although a grandson to Aaron, he was not included in the original selection of Kohanim. No other person would ever be so honoured. Moshe is told to do battle against the Midianites in retaliation for the incident at Baal Peor. Moshe counts the Children of Israel in preparation for entering the Promised land. Moshe divides Israel through a lottery that miraculously matched each tribe to its proper portion. The Leviyim are counted. Moshe is told to prepare for his death, and Joshua is chosen as his successor. The remainder of the Parsha details the various public sacrifices offered throughout the year: daily, Shabbat, Musaf, Rosh Chodesh and Yom Tov.

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Ohel Leah Synagogue: 70 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2589 2621

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Jewish Community Centre: One Robinson Place, 70 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2801 5440

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Kobe Ohel Shelomoh Synagogue and Community Center: 4-12-12, Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650, Japan Tel: (81) 78 221 7236 Tokyo Tokyo Chabad: 1-5-23 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan 108-0073 Tel: (813) 5789 2846

Chesed-El Synagogue: 2 Oxley Rise, Singapore 238693


Taipei Jewish Center: No. 12, Lane 46, Anju St, Daan District, Taipei City 106, Taiwan Tel: (886) 9 2392 3770 email:

Jewish Association of Thailand: 121 Soi Sai Nam Thip 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok, Thailand Tel: (662) 663 0244 Chabad of Thailand: 96 Rambutttri St. Banglamphu, 102000 Bangkok, Thailand Tel: (662) 629 2770 Bet Sefer Chabad: 221 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand Tel: (662) 258 3434 Chabad of Phuket 52/32 Ratch U-thit Song Roy Pee Rd. (opposite Patong Post Office), Second row of town houses, Patong, Katu District, Phuket 83150

JCC Japan: Tokyo Jewish Community Centre, 8-8 Hiroo 3-Chome, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150 0012, Japan Tel: (813) 3400 2559

Chiang Mai 189/15 Chang-Clan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand, On street of Night Bazaar, 100 Meters before The Empress hotel Tel: (66) 81 870 2249



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Chabad: 5A (villa) Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., Dakao ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Tel: (84) 90 9166770


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