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ISRAELI SINGER DUETS TO RING IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN BEIJING Dreamcoat staged by Habima Theatre. In 2012, Messika was a judge on Kokhav Nolad, the Israeli version of American Idol.

By Philip Jay, Editor To celebrate and usher in the Chinese New Year of the Snake, Israeli singer Miri Mesika has been chosen to sing a duet with a famous Chinese singer Hu Sileng, during the Beijing Television (BTV) prestigious gala.

Israel’s embassy also managed to produce a short video about the history and culture of Israel to accompany the song, which will offer huge exposure to the eyes and ears of millions of Chinese.

Israel’s Embassy in China shared an idea with friends at BTV in August 2012 which has now turned into reality.

Relations between Israel and China have been very strong with many events taking place across China during 2012 to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations. The song will be broadcast on New Year’s Eve and is expected to be seen by well over 100 million people across China. This year the Chinese New Year will start from 11 February through to 13 February, three official public holidays.

The gala is the most popular televised event on New Year’s Eve, viewed in China and around the world, on the Internet and on various international satellite channels.

“We shared an idea with our friends from BTV to find a famous Israeli singer to sing at the BTV annual gala. We sent some tapes of Israeli artists and singers that we thought could be appropriate. They picked Miri Mesika whose voice performance and style they find suitable to the Chinese audience’s taste,” commented Ran Peleg, spokesman, Embassy of Israel in Beijing. “Mesika agreed instantly to this adventure and the next step was to find a Chinese artist to match with her and sing a duet. Finally we decided upon the

Mesika has already performed the duet in front of a live audience of 1000. Everyone in the theatre was impressed with her performance. Now the rest of China can watch her in the gala with their families on New Year’s Eve. Hu Sileng singing with Mira Mesika

singer Hu Sileng to sing with her the famous Chinese song Hongyan (in English Swan),” said Peleg. “Mesika learnt the song in Chinese which was surprisingly not very difficult for her. She will also be singing a song in Hebrew,” Peleg added. Mesika, is both a well known singer and actress in Israel. She has won several Israeli Female Singer of the Year awards and has sold more than 100,000 copies of her albums. She grew up in Herzliya and as a child studied music, and played the guitar and the recorder at the city music school. Her acting career took off in 2005 when she took part in the Habima Theatre production of the musical King Solomon and Shalmai the Shoemaker. The musical was widely praised and won the Musical of the Year award at the 2005 Israeli Theatre Awards. In November 2006 she was in the drama film Shalosh Imahot (Three Mothers).

In 2007 she also took part in Amos Gitai’s film The Dybbuk in Haifa and in the Festigal festival of children’s songs. In 2008 Mesika played the narrator in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor

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B’nei Menashe restart their return to ancient homeland

Indian Jews from one of the the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, the B’nei Menashe finally arrived in Israel in December. Eyewitnesses said there were emotional scenes at Ben Gurion airport as the newcomers were greeted by relatives who had moved to Israel during the first wave of immigration. “Several hundred more B’nei Menashe members are due to arrive in the coming weeks and months,” said Michael Freund, chairman of the Shavei Israel group which helped organise the journey for the B’nei Menashe members.

In March 2005, Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar officially backed B’nei Menashe’s claims after an investigation lasting several years. The announcement led to a wave of immigration to the “Promised Land,” where members were formally converted to Orthodox Judaism. The flow stopped in 2007 however, when the government

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B’nei Menashe boy and his friends and family at the airport

rescinded visa rights. With intense lobbying from groups such as Shavei Israel over recent years, Israel has now reversed its decision, paving the way for all remaining members to migrate. About 1,700 moved to Israel before the government stopped giving them visas; now that Israel has reversed that policy, 7,200 more are expected to immigrate.

The community, which lives

in India’s northeastern border states of Manipur and Mizoram have been practicing Judaism just as their ancestors did, including observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, celebrating the festivals and following the laws of family purity. “After waiting for thousands of years, our dream came true,” said 26-year-old Lhing Lenchonz, who arrived with her husband and 8-month-old daughter.

Japan may recall its Observer Force Japan is looking to recall its troops stationed in the Golan Heights as part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), citing concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Syria, Japanese media reported. Japan currently stations 47 troops along the border between Israel and Syria, which has seen sporadic cross border fire as Syria’s civil war bleeds into Israeli territory. The UN recently said it

would step up its UNDOF force, due to increasing threats on the unarmed observers. According to a report in the Tokyo daily Yomiuri Shimbun, the Japanese government has determined that the safety of the troops has become an issue and they may be recalled. The Japanese contingent, part of the multinational, 1,000 strong UN force stationed along the Israeli-Syrian border, was scheduled to be rotated home in March 2013.

Though mortars and bullets have been fired into Israel, no Israeli soldiers have been injured. In November 2012, Israel fired a missile at a Syrian artillery crew after a mortar hit an IDF position. Unarmed UN observers have been threatened, and have had to provide medical treatment to Syrian forces who clashed with the opposition in the demilitarized zone, according to a report by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

Talks looking to reopen Nepalese jobseekers According to local news sources in Nepal, Israeli Ambassador to Nepal, Hanan GoderGoldberger said negotiations have been intensified with the Nepalese government to resume the stalled process to send Nepalese job seekers to Israel soon. “We are hopeful that we will reach an agreement soon which will pave the way to re-start the process of sending Nepalese job aspirants to Israel within a few

months,” said Goldberger at a press conference.

negotiations failed to achieve any breakthrough.

Objecting the reported unethical practice and exploitation of jobseekers by manpower agencies, Israel suspended visas for the recruitment of Nepalese workers, especially caregivers, three years ago.

Israel instead, has been seeking a guarantee from Nepalese officials and manpower agencies that malpractices in the sending process of workers to Israel will not be repeated. Around 8,000 workers, mainly as caregivers, have been working in Israel.

Though the Nepalese officials and Israeli embassy officials met several times to seek ways to resume the process, the

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German news agency DPA reported in January that an administrative court in Regensburg convicted Bishop Richard Williamson of incitement and levied a fine of 1,800 euros. The case was retried after an earlier conviction of Williamson was overturned on procedural grounds. Seventy two-year-old Williamson told a Swedish TV station in 2008, during an interview conducted near Regensburg, that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during WW II. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany. A traditionalist group of breakaway Catholics, the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), expelled Williamson last October. Williamson did not attend the court proceedings. J e w i s h Ti m e s A s i a ’s June 2012 issue highlighted Williamson’s visit to Asia, which was controversial as SSPX claimed to condemn Williamson and his Holocaust denial but allowed him to travel to partake in official ceremonies. UNDOF was established by the UN on 31 May, 1974 via Security Council resolution 350, following the agreed disengagement of the Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Its main role is ensuring the ceasefire and supervising the disengagement agreement between the two countries, according to the UN body’s website.

employers has been like that of family members, Goldberger claimed there have been no reports of problems from workers while working in Israel.

Goldberger also informed the press conference that Israel was going to strengthen its support in improving internet connectivity in Nepal. “Israeli technicians are soon initiating the process to improve the Internet quality in Nepal,” the Ambassador said.

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Carmel School Annual Dinner honours first graduates On 6 December, the Carmel School Association in Hong Kong held its annual fundraising dinner which this year was in honour of its first graduating cohort. The theme of the whole evening was ‘graduation’ and this year’s invited guests of honour were the four graduating students and their parents. Two of these students have completed the full Carmel School journey which commenced for them at the age of one year old. One student, Jeremy Lieberman, was unable to attend the dinner as he was in England undergoing an interview at Oxford University – the school were

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‘Israel Day in Zhejiang’

Jackie Eldan meeting with Li Qiang Elsa High School Band

extremely proud to excuse him for this reason. The evening also honoured Grade One teacher Pat Kozyra who was celebrating an incredible fifty years of teaching Grade One around the world.


Musical entertainment was provided by the school’s very talented Elsa High School Band and of course the highlight of the evening was the always eagerly awaited live auction, complimented by a fierce silent auction for over sixty valuable and classy lots, including Jewishthemed artwork compiled by each grade from the Elementary School, two round trip tickets 11/07/2012 10:49 AM from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv

courtesy of El Al and many pieces of bespoke diamond jewellery. Carmel School Association Principal Rachel Friedmann addressed the room, speaking with pride about the four Grade 12 students. Further addresses were given by Elementary School Head Mira Hasofer and Chairman of the Board Neil Hyman. The evening was a huge success as ever, attended by nearly 200 guests, and organised by Co-Chairs Deborah Khorsandy and Charlie Lawrence together with dedicated members of the School PTA.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and China and to look forward to the future cooperation with Zhejiang province, the Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai, Jackie Eldan, hosted the Israeli Day in Zhejiang banquet reception in the JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou on 29 November, 2012. Honored guests at the event included; Li Qiang, Deputy Party Secretary of CPC, Zhejiang Provincial Committee, Lin Yunju, Deputy Secretary General of CPC, Zhejiang Provincial Committee, Ruan Zhongxun, Director General of Zhejiang Foreign Affairs Office and Jiang Taiwei, Director Gen-

eral of Zhejiang Science and Technology Department. Also in attendance was Oren Rozenblat, Deputy Consul-General of Israel in Shanghai, and Maurice Ohana, Chairman of the Shanghai Jewish Community.

Israel and Zhejiang province maintain a close and good relationship with each other. Former provincial Party Secretary Zhao Hongzhu paid an official visit to Israel in November 2009. Mayor of Hangzhou Huang Kunming paid a visit to Beit Shemesh in Israel, the sister city of Hangzhou in August 2012. Cooperation between Israel and Zhejiang is very strong, specifically in the areas of hi-tech, culture exchange and agriculture.

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Rabbi Steinsaltz visits Hong Kong

Malaysia relaxes travel ban to Israel for Christians to travel for Christmas

Rabbi Steinsaltz with Elsa High students

A regular visitor to Hong Kong, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz visited the Hong Kong Jewish community in December. Rabbi Steinsaltz was also invited to speak at the Hong Kong University on the topic: “Chinese and Jewish Philosophies – to Respect, Understand and Know, Bridges based on Mutual Respect and Understanding”. The lecture was hosted by the School of Humanities, Department of Philosophy at HKU. More than fifty people from different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities attended the lecture which was followed by a lively Q&A session. Among the par-

ticipants were Professor Glenn Timmermans, Dr. Alexandra Cook, and Dr. Martin Chung. Rabbi Steinsaltz also taught a Talmudic class to the Lunch and Learn Group, based on source material from Tractate Shabbat, Volume I from the New Steinsaltz Talmud in English, with commentary by Rabbi Steinsaltz. During Shabbat, Rabbi Steinsaltz spoke on the festival of Chanukah at the Ohel Leah Synagogue, following the morning services. Rabbi Steinsaltz also spent some time teaching a group of students from Elsa High School.

Rabbi Steinsaltz giving a lecture at HKU

A special Chanukah celebratio​n and Torah dedication held in Taipei ebrating Chanukah.

During the same week, Rabbi Shlomi Tabib hosted an event to honour the new torah dedicated by Rabbi Shlomi & Yasmin Kazayof from Israel. It arrived in Taiwan on 11 December. Around 70 people attended the celebration including many children. The Torah dedication ceremony took place on 14 December.

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The first ever Chanukah celebration and seminars held by Christians in Taiwan invited the two local community Rabbis, Rabbi E. F. Einhorn and Rabbi Shlomi Tabib. The event was organised by the Tabernacle of David in Taipei and the Jewish community. The whole week was shared with people learning about the history and the meaning of cel-

Left to Right, Rabbi Shlomi Tabib and Rabbi E. F. Einhorn

Local Christian communities in Malaysia greeted the news as an “early Christmas present”. Council of Churches Malaysia secretary-general Rev Hermen Shastri said it was grateful to the government for heeding the requests of the Christians. “The Prime Minister has taken an interest in this matter and resolved it. We are grateful to him and the relevant government agencies,” he said, describing it as a “welcomed gift”. The move, he said, would make it easier for Christians who wanted to make pilgrimages in organised groups. Malaysian Chr istian Association, Vice President Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who is a Christian, said it was a “great Christmas present” for the community. “It also

reflects the confidence that Malaysia has in the Christian community. Going to Jerusalem does not make us less patriotic.” Welcoming the decision, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship chairman Rev Eu Hong Seng said the restrictions should have been lifted sooner. Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism vice-president Rev Dr Thomas Philips said: “The decision is long overdue.”

Malaysia bars travel to Israel but the government has previously allowed Christians to travel to the historic city regarded as holy to both Christians and Muslims. However, according to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), the government imposed a quota of 700 pilgrims

PM, Mohamed Najib Abdul Razak

per year, with any one church only allowed to send one group of 40. Visits were also limited to 10 days and pilgrims were only allowed one visit every three years.

On a more recent development Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamed Najib Abdul Razak visited the Gaza Strip in January in a sign of solidarity, on Israel’s general election day.

Razak told a joint news conference in Gaza City with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that he came “to express my solidarity with the Palestinian people.”



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Music from the Ashes, to mark UN Holocaust Remembrance Day This year to mark UN International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January, the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC), in conjunction with the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre Events Committee organised a musical concert. Entitled: Music from the Ashes, the 90 minute memorial event showcased musicians who composed and perished in the Terezin concentration camp. Works by Gideon Klein, Robert Dauber, Egon Ledec, Frantisek Domazlicki and Viktor Ullmann were included.

Standing ovation given to the performers at the end of the concert

James Cuddeford and Allan Sternfield

In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly declared an International Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked every year on 27 January, the day the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945.

The venue was the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, in a break from tradition where events normally take place at the Jewish Community Centre.

The concert hall was a fullhouse with over 380 people attending. Invited dignitaries included representatives from the Hong Kong government. Consulate generals from dozens of countries including the Czech Republic, Poland, Canada, France and Holland. Members from the Jewish community, rabbis and many local Hong Kong residents also attended.

Terezin ghetto for many years. Sternfield has been a member of the senior faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 1976. He now resides in Israel, orginally born in the US.

The evenings musical event was introduced and led by pianist, Allan Sternfield, who also acted as moderator. Sternfield has been performing and promoting the works of composers who were victims of the Shoah, especially those active in the

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Calice performs regularly as a soloist and chorister in London and has sung for over 15 years with major symphonic choirs, including the London Philharmonic Choir and London Symphony Chorus. A special candle lighting of six memorial candles took place after.

Sternfield provided a brief history of Theriesenstadt, the musical activity that took place, the composers and played a selection of pieces during the evening. He was also joined on stage by violinist, James Cuddeford who is presently the concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. They played three pieces. Special readings and recitals were also read during the event. An opening address was given by Jeremy Amias, Director of HKHTC and a keynote speech given by Amikam Levy, Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong.

Lighting Memorial Candles

Alexsi Kessler Calice

Institute for Talmudic Studies

Jeremy Amias

The evenings programme included Kaddish by Ravel, performed on piano by Sternfield and accompanied on voice by Mezzo Soprano, Alexsi Kessler Calice.

Amikam Levy, Consul General to Hong Kong

Solo performance by Allan Sternfield

The evening ended with the recital of Kaddish with violin solo and the singing of Hatikvah.


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EL AL Ambassadors organise PR assignments An initiative was orchestrated by EL AL Israel Airlines, pioneered by CEO Major General Eliezer Shkedy, to improve Israel’s image around the world. In addition, to strengthen the relationship between Jews in Israel and Jews in the Diaspora, EL AL pilots and flight attendants have been placed at the forefront of Israeli diplomacy. EL AL, in conjunction with the Jewish Agency for Israel, ‘Stand With Us’ organisation and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, ‘air craft ambassadors’ recently organised PR assignments in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and Hong Kong.

Students listening to ambassadors at Li Po Chun United World College

due to the ‘People-to-People’ method being used. All the volunteer air craft members participating in this initiative normally spend their time between flights resting, relaxing or shopping. These volunteers are delivering lectures, engaging in talks and meetings with local residents and sharing personal stories. Airline employees chosen for the special project have

Yair Berrebi, GM Asia & Oceania, EL AL, left, with the aircraft ambassadors

Among the designated locations they also included Jewish and non-Jewish communities and university campuses.

In Hong Kong, ‘air craft ambassadors’ on 7 December visited Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The panel was led by Professor David Zwieg. They also visited Elsa High School and the United World College of Hong Kong attended by students from 80 countries.

During the panels, students asked EL AL ambassadors questions about life in Israel. The ambassadors showed a presentation movie entitled: Painting the world in Blue and White. The initiative is the first time in Israeli history that the management of a private sector corporation has decided to take on an active roll in Israeli Hasbara. This project is also unique

participated in a three-month training programme. There are different programmes targeted for the various types of populations. A 60-90 minute programme includes an introductory movie about Israel’s success in nonpolitical related fields (such as science, culture, agriculture, assistance in humanitarian crisis’s around the world and medicine development), the ambassadors personal stories and more.

Vietnamese officials attend e-government seminar Vietnamese leaders and senior officials of provincial committees and relevant agencies attended a 10-day seminar on e-government in practice in Israel in December. As its name reflects, the seminar focused on practical skills and knowledge to operate the e-government, with modern applied technologies such as e-payment, website administration

and 3D technology.

Apart from the indoor seminar, participants also visited the related models, projects and the Talpiot e-government development center.

The trip will definitely be a great opportunity for Vietnamese senior state officials of Vietnam to learn and apply Israeli experience on e-government into public administration field.

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Israel’s ambassador to the Philippines attends Rabbi Burton Visotzky UJC Christmas celebrations with local children Scholar in Residence The Embassy of Israel, together with the Shalom Club of the Philippines, celebrated Christmas early as they partnered with the DSWD’s Reception and Study Center for Children. Joining the festivities were Ambassador Menashe Bar-On and his wife. The ambassador greeted the children and expressed his joy to be with them for the holidays. The kids entertained the couple with their dances and showed off their hand-made Israeli and Philippine flags. Continuing the Christmas festivities, the ambassador also visited the municipality of Llanera and spent some time at a Christmas party for the school children. Together with the Nueva Ecija Chapter of the Shalom Club and local Mayor Lorna Mae B. Vero they distributed goodies and lunches for the children.

Ambassador Bar-On together with his wife and the children

Ambassador Bar-On, in an address, thanked the Shalom Club and the local government for hosting him and his wife. He added that the embassy was glad to reach out to the people of Llanera and assured deeper cooperation with the local government.

Mayor Vero and Dr. Ruben Sevilleja, President of the Central Luzon State University, thanked the ambassador for his time and the assistance given by the embassy.

Afterwards, the ambassador visited the Llanera Agricultural technology Center - whose misting system was donated by the embassy last year. The greenhouse acts as a demo farm for vegetables – whose seeds were donated by the Israeli government.

L a s t y e a r, a r o u n d 2 0 0 Filipino Christians from various groups and parishes in the Philippines held a rally on 30 November in Makati’s financial district. This was in support of Israel and the Jewish people as the UN was voting on the acceptance of Palestine as an observer state.

Supporters also held a programme at the Makati Freedom Park later in the day, as they chanted phrases from the Bible. The programme consisted of songs and dances, displaying Jewish and Filipino culture.

Support for Israel rally in Makati

Ohana donates hundreds of vests to ZAKA On a recent visit to Israel, President of the Jewish Community in Shanghai, Maurice Ohana met with ZAKA Founder and Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav and ZAKA Director of International Resource Development David Rose who thanked him on behalf of the ZAKA volunteers for his generous support of the rescue and recovery organisation. Ohana donated hundreds of the iconic yellow ZAKA vests, as well as much of the equipment that the ZAKA volunteers

use on a daily basis – white overalls and disposable gloves and shoes, as well as ZAKA body bags. “It is an honour to meet such a generous supporter of ZAKA. It is thanks to the generosity of Maurice Ohana and other good friends overseas that ZAKA volunteers can continue their sacred work, whenever and wherever they are needed,” Meshi-Zahav said.

Founded in 1995, ZAKA i s I s r a e l ’s d o m i n a n t n o n governmental lifesaving, rescue

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, Maurice Ohana and David Rose

and recovery organisation, with over 1500 volunteers deployed around the country, on call 24/7 to respond to any terror attack, disaster or accident immediately, professionally and with the necessary equipment. With specialist search, rescue and recovery units on land and sea, the ZAKA volunteers are equipped to reach any emergency incident as quickly as possible, thereby saving precious time and lives. The UN-recognised ZAKA International Rescue Unit has assisted at natural disasters in Japan, Haiti, New Orleans and Thailand and terror attacks, such as in Mumbai, Mombasa and Istanbul. ZAKA has locally-trained units in North and South America, Europe, Russia, Ukraine and the Far East. ZAKA Hong Kong, Macau & China was launched in 2010 and many local volunteers have received specialist training and assisted in international disasters.

Rabbi Stanton Zamek, UJC Hong Kong and Rabbi Burton Visotzky

Hong Kong’s United Jewish Congregation (UJC) welcomed Rabbi Burton Visotzky as its Scholar in Residence in January. This was his first official visit to Hong Kong to meet the community. Rabbi Visotzky serves as the Nathan and Janet Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has been visiting faculty members at Princeton University, Union Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, the Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He has also brought his expertise on religion to the mass media, including serving as consultant and a featured on screen participant in the Bill Moyers television series Genesis: A Living Conversation and consulting for the animated feature film Prince of Egypt.

Rabbi Visotzky is author of many publications including: Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text (1991), From Mesopotamia to Modernity: Ten Introductions to Jewish History and Literature

(co-editor, 1999), Sage Tales: Wisdom and Wonder from the Rabbis of the Talmud (2011).

The programme started with a talk on 10 January on the topic of his book Sage Tales held at the Jewish Community Centre. It was attended by well over 40 members of the community. Rabbi Visotzy had copies of the book available for purchase. Another discussion later in the week was entitled: The Dysfunctional Family as Moral Exemplar: Ethical insights from the lives of the Partiarchs and Matriarchs. Rabbi Visotzky also included a series of talks relating to Scripture and its Interpretation – making the Bible a timeless text and Jacob does lunch: Deception as a family value.

Over the years, Rabbi Visotzky has been active in interfaith dialogue, including a ground breaking meeting of Muslims, Christians and Jews sponsored by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in Madrid in 2008.

He also participated in interfaith dialogue in Doha, where he was in the first group of Jews invited by the emir of Qatar.

SIGNAL launches its fourth Israel studies programme SIGNAL launched its fourth Israel Studies Program at Shihezi University in Shihezi City, Xinjiang, an area of great strategic importance to China as it is also the home to China’s second largest Muslim ethnic minority. SIGNAL conducted a number of round-table discussions with leading Chinese research institutes to discuss the status of Iran’s nuclear programme. The discussions were lead by two Institute for National Security Studies scholars, Middle East expert, Ambassador Dr. Oded Eran and Nuclear Security expert, Dr. Ephraim Asculai.

Separately, SIGNAL was the only Israel group invited to speak at the China Center for Contemporary World Studies research center for the Internal Affairs Department of China’s Central Party, where founder and editor of The Times of Israel, David Horovitz, was keynote speaker. SIGNAL (Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership) is a non -profit organisation formed for the purpose of enhancing China’s and Israel’s strategic, diplomatic, cultural and economic relationship through academia.

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A new French pâtisserie making homemade crème puffs tasty Beyond the simple cupcake and ubiquitous macaron lies a distinctive French pâtisserie experience ready to be discovered by Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan taste explorers. Prepare to be transported to a Paris yet to be explored with the arrival of 126 Grammes, the first mono-themed store in Hong Kong dedicated to choux à la crème (crème puffs).

126 Grammes is a definite for discerning devotees of sweet sensations. It opened its first store in the trendy Soho district of Hong Kong on 27 December. Perfect for dessert and special occasions a colourful assortment of choux with their classic flavours and avant-garde seasonal blends enfold centuries of French culinary history, sophistication and modern savoirfaire. Founded by Parisian born, Sandra Cohen-Taieb, the patisserie 126 Grammes was named for the first batch of pastry dough equivalent to around four ounces – captures the essential lightness of being that symbolises the choux. It also reflects the precision and endeavour that quality pastry-making constantly requires. “We have a large selec-

Sandra Cohen-Taieb inside her 126 Grammes pâtisserie

tion of crème puffs flavours to choose, 11 in total. Classic French tastes such as vanilla, caramel, chocolate and coffee rest comfortably alongside the likes of a green tea, raspberryrose and strawberry-ginger,” commented Taieb. “We also make biscuits and cakes and stock a selection of authentic French foods and drink, such as a selection of almonds, chocolate, candy, jams and lemonade,” she added. The pastry lies behind some of the most exquisite French desserts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Such creations include the religieuse, a pastry thought to resemble a nun, while the ornamental, conelike pièce montée, also known as croquembouche, is still an essential presence at weddings, baptisms and other significant events. “We want to bring something different to Hong Kong, a vibe from France, some history and introduce the crème puff,” concluded Taieb.

French foods and drinks to accompany the puffs

Delicious creme puffs

The recipes are created by a French pastry chef, who has trained a team in Hong Kong. The pastries are freshly baked every day using traditional techniques. There is no artificial flavouring or preservatives according

to Taieb. The pâtisserie is also providing a special service to the Jewish community with some pareve cakes made to order for a particular event or corporate function. 126 Grammes can put any logo or design on the various patisseries.

Israel and India sign Barak-8 missile pact Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the Barak-8 missile system with India’s Bharat Electronics. Barak-8 is a long-range anti-air and anti-missile naval defence system being developed jointly by IAI and India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). Designed to defend ships from aircraft, unmanned air systems and anti-ship missiles, the missile is expected to enter service with the Indian navy this year.

In January 2006, India and Israel signed a US$350 million agreement to co-develop a new generation long-range surface-to-air missile for the former’s navy, and Israel in April 2009 received a US$1.1 billion order to deliver Barak-8 systems. Deliveries

are expected to be concluded by 2017. IAI has for several years been engaged in joint development programmes with the DRDO and India’s defence industry for the nation’s navy and air force, including the joint manufacturing of subsystems. According to the new MoU, Bharat Electronics will function as the lead integrator and produce major subsystems for the Barak-8. IAI will continue to act as the design authority and to produce other subsystems as a main subcontractor to the Indian firm. Barak-8 missiles will be installed on the three Project 15A Kolkata-class guidedmissile destroyers under construction at the Mazagon shipyard in India. Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for 2013.

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At the recent 5th Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition held in December at the resort city of Eilat, Israel said it will collaborate with China in developing methanol and solar power technology. The conference provided a platform to facilitate the development and investment in the booming renewable energy industry, which is the future of energy use, according to Dorit Banet, conference co-chair and manager of Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Administration.

PhotoMedex, Inc announced the signing of a two-year extension with Ya-Man, the exclusive distributor of its no!no! brand in Japan. Independent research shows that no!no! Hair is the leading women’s hair removal device in Japan, accounting for more than 50% of all retail sales.

Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Resources Uzi Landau also told a Chinese newspaper that China leads the world in solar, wind, and methanol technology, and Israel looked forward to carrying out further cooperation with China in these fields. “As the national project of alternative energy in transportation, carried out by the Israeli government, we plan to lower fossil fuel usage in the transportation sector by 30% by 2020, and 60% by 2025. That is to

say, 30% and 60% of vehicles would run on renewable energies such as methanol, compressed natural gas, bio-fuel, and electricity by 2020 and 2025,” said Eyal Rosner, director of the Israeli prime minister’s office of alternative fuel. Renewable energy use accounts for less that 1 percent in the sector, according to Rosner. “Methanol usage should reach almost 10% by 2020,” he said. “It is quite a challenge, and that is why we hope to learn from our Chinese counterparts and carry out in-depth cooperation with China.” Israel is also working with China in solar power utilisation

and technology development. Half of the nation’s solar panels are provided by Suntech, a Chinese solar power company based in Wuxi, China. Suntech has installed over 100MW of solar panels in Israel and the market outlook remains optimistic, according to Suntech’s PR department. During the conference, Suntech also announced it would collaborate with CapitalNature, an Israeli company, to set up a renewable energy test centre in Eilat to test the latest solar power technology especially developed by Suntech for deserts.

Commenting on the renewal of the agreement with Ya-Man, Dr. Dolev Rafaeli, CEO, PhotoMedex, said, “Ya-Man has been a strong distribution partner for the brand for the past three years and we are delighted to renew the agreement and our partnership, which further advances our market-leading position in Japan.” “ We e x p e c t c o n t i n u e d growth of no!no! products there through our finely honed consumer marketing programme and the excellent work Ya-Man is doing, supported by brand extensions into other categories including the no!no! line for men,” Rafaeli added. Ya-Man Ltd, is a Japanese manufacturer that specialises in

the development and distribution of a wide range of innovative health, fitness and beauty care products, with sales of US$192 million for fiscal year 2011. PhotoMedex, Inc is a global skin health company providing integrated disease management and aesthetic solutions to dermatologists, professional aestheticians and consumers.

The company also offers a professional product line for acne clearance, skin tightening, psoriasis care and hair removal sold to physician clinics and spas.


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Business News

Gilat Elizov Gefen appointed new Managing Director of IDI Hong Kong The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) representative office in Hong Kong, IDI – Asia Pacific Ltd., has a new managing director. Ms. Gilat Elizov Gefen replaces Ms. Michal Gordon, who served in this position for the past two years.

The IDI Hong Kong office is responsible for promoting trade with Asian markets, especially Hong Kong and China, which have become a major focus for Israeli diamond exports. The office serves as a hub for Israeli diamond companies doing business in the region, providing office services as well as marketing and business information. It also facilitates business contacts between Asian and Israeli companies. Gefen has extensive management experience, having served in leadership roles in companies spanning various in-

and an MBA from the Recanati School of Management in Tel Aviv University.

Gilat Elizov Gefen

dustries: financial, telecommunications, consulting and nonprofit in Israel and the US.

During the last five years, Gefen has served in several capacities with the Jewish Women’s Association in Hong Kong, where she currently resides. She holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the Technion

IDI Chairman Moti Ganz said, “The Hong Kong office is an essential element in IDI’s business strategy and plays an important role in our marketing and business development activities. Our foothold there has enabled the diamond industry to significantly expand business contacts and trade with the region. Based on the successful model we developed here, IDI will soon open a similar office in Mumbai in the Bharat Diamond Bourse.” IDI Managing Director Eli Avidar congratulated Ms. Gefen on her new position. “Gilat is eminently suited to head IDI’s very active Hong Kong office. I am sure that she will continue the excellent work that Michal has done, and I wish her great success.”

Singapore VC fund to invest in Israel According to Globes Business Newswires, a Singapore government investment firm is looking for investments in Israel. The fund, with US$150 million under management, will collaborate with Rosario Capital, a leading investment bank located in Israel.

Rosario’s model, as described by Uzi Breier, who manages technology investment, includes joint investment by government and private entities from Singapore, alongside investment by Israeli funds, institutions and government bodies, led by Rosario. He says investment will focus on companies at the beginning of the sales stage in areas such as software, algorithm processing, Big Data, security and biotechnology. One of the Singapore funds participating in this model is

Spring Capital, a government investment body, as part of the Spring Seeds (Start-up Enterprise Development Scheme) project. According to Breier, it is in talks with several Israeli companies. “The primary motivation of Spring Capital and other Singaporean funds is not necessarily the return on capital, but rather the contribution to Singapore’s economy,” he says. “Their investment will be conditional on part of the company’s activity being transferred to Singapore. But they have no desire to control the company.”

Spring Capital already knows Israel. In the past decade a large number of investment entities in Singapore have been exposed to Israeli high-tech. There, they understand the need to bring in high capabilities in technological development from

outside. Most of the activity of the Singapore investors has been carried out via investment in local venture capital funds, such as Vertex. In some cases, Singapore funds, such as Infocomm Investments, tried direct investment in Israeli companies.

The attraction that Israeli high-tech holds for Singapore is not new. The two countries have similar demographic profiles, with populations of a few million each and economies with high dependence on technology companies. The high-tech industry in Singapore has a large electronic components and memory products production segment. Despite the potential for cooperation between the two countries, the only substantial deal has been the acquisition of Amobee by Singtel in March 2012 for US$320 million.

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Teva enters joint venture in South Korea Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is entering the Korean pharmaceutical market, which it says is worth US$14 billion. Teva and Handok Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. have agreed to establish a business venture in South Korea. It is the first commercial deal for Teva in East Asian territory outside Japan. Teva will contribute its global resources, with responsibilities for manufacturing and supplying a wide range of affordable and innovative medicines. Handok’s primary responsibility will be in sales and marketing, distribution, and regulatory affairs. Teva will have a controlling stake in the new business venture, with a profit split of 51%/49% to Teva and Handok, respectively. “This is another significant step in our strategy to expand Teva’s presence in growing markets and excluding Japan, this is our first alliance in East Asia,” said Prof. Itzhak Krinsky, chairman of Teva Japan, chairman of Teva South Korea, and Head of Business Development Asia Pacific. “By utilising Teva’s broad portfolio, R&D capabilities and its global infrastructure and know-how coupled with Handok’s expertise and strong reputation in Korea, Teva and Handok plan to assume a prominent position

in the Korean pharmaceutical market. The venture will enable patients to gain more access to the treatments they need including innovative therapies, such as our multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone and branded generics,” added Krinsky. Handok CEO Young-jin Kim said, “We are glad to open up new business opportunities through this business venture with Teva, which has a broad, unparalleled portfolio of innovative specialty therapeutics, generics, biosimilars and innovative medicines. We expect this business venture to contribute greatly to the Korean pharmaceutical industry by supplying medicines at more affordable prices and providing innovative treatment solutions for CNS, respiratory and women’s health.”

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, headquartered in Israel, is the world’s largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 850 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva’s branded businesses focus on CNS, oncology, pain, respiratory and women’s health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 46,000 people around the world and reached US$18.3 billion in net revenues in 2011.

Ambassador visits Better Place Guangzhou center Israel’s Ambassador to China, Matan Vilnai, voiced support for the electric car’s joint venture by visiting Better Place in Southern China. Vilnai, who took up his post in Beijing last year, is making it his top priority to promote promising Israeli businesses in China including electric car venture Better Place. On one of his first official engagements in China, he paid a visit to the demonstration center in Guangzhou and

met with senior executives and senior officials from the province’s administration. He expressed Israel’s support for the Israel Corporation Better Place and China Southern Power Grid Company joint venture and has set up a network of car battery exchange stations. This topic is the focus of a technological and business controversy in China with many provinces leaning towards adopting the rapid battery recharge solution rather than battery exchange stations. Vilnai’s visit to the Better Place center attracted major media coverage.

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One-to-One Interview

Outgoing Chief Rabbi visits Hong Kong for the last time with fond memories gogue with him on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel. He also recalls that when Gordon Brown was Prime Minister in the UK, he requested to come to synagogue every Yom Ha’atzmaut during his time as Prime Minister.

Chief Rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth, Lord Jonathan Sacks and his wife Lady Elaine visited Hong Kong in mid-January for what is likely to be their final trip to the city before he retires from his role in September this year.

The Chief Rabbi has visited Hong Kong many times over the past fifteen years, his last visit being just last September. Before this current visit, his office specifically contacted Jewish Times Asia requesting an interview. We were particularly keen to take this opportunity to capture Lord Sacks’ feelings and memories of the Hong Kong Jewish Community and to see how he has observed the changes over the years. Lord Sacks initially became involved with the Jewish Community of Hong Kong at the time of the restoration of the Ohel Leah Synagogue and the building of the Jewish Community Centre (JCC). The community looked to him for leadership during this time and he of course flew to Hong Kong for the opening of the JCC which he described as “sensational.”

He was also in Hong Kong for the completion of a new Sefer Torah and describes how he wanted this to be an event for the children rather than a traditional formal event. The memory of all the children and other community members dancing with the Sefer Torah from the JCC into the synagogue remains one of his Hong Kong highlights. Looking to the future of the Hong Kong Jewish Community, the Chief Rabbi can only envisage success. He cannot speak highly enough of how hospitable they are to visitors from all over the world and that he sees Hong Kong as being in a unique strategic location. He firmly feels that the 21st century is going to be the “Asian Century” and with Hong Kong being a key city in Asia, the Jewish community is well placed to go from strength to strength. Education has always been one of the major points of focus for the Chief Rabbi and he often declares that one of his most important achievements during his time in the role is that he has overseen more new Jewish schools being built in the UK in the past 20 years than at any other time in Anglo-Jewish history. When he first took on his role,

Lady Elaine and Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks

25% of Jewish children in Britain attended a Jewish school, now this figure is closer to 70%.

It is therefore unsurprising that he always makes a point of visiting the Elementary and High School of the Carmel School Association in Hong Kong. The Chief Rabbi has seen this, the only Jewish day school in East Asia, grow from a small playgroup at its foundation in 1991, to a thriving successful school based over two campuses.

Despite his frequent visits to Hong Kong, the Chief Rabbi and his wife have not officially visited many other Jewish communities in Asia, although he has enjoyed visiting the various Jewish communities in Australia. When asked about this, he explained that he has visited the Jewish community in Singapore a few times but that a certain infrastructure is required within a Jewish community in order for such a visit to be made possible and in Asia. However, he spoke of his visits to Australia with great fondness, describing Melbourne as the powerhouse of Australian Jewish life, Perth as the home of a vibrant Jewish community and Sydney as having an extraordinary charm of its own. A year ago, Rabbi Sacks and his wife visited Sydney where he gave a talk at the synagogue there to a capacity crowd which was also broadcast live on the radio at the time.

So, will the travels ease up once the Chief Rabbi enters retirement? It appears not. He may be retiring from the role of Chief

Rabbi, but there are no plans to retire altogether. In fact, he and his wife plan to travel more. He wants to pick up a faster pace than the role of Chief Rabbi allows. He feels he still has a lot to achieve, a lot to teach and has no desire to slow down. He will still hold a teaching position at a British university and will focus on greater contact with American and Israeli Jewry. Looking to the next five to ten years, the Chief Rabbi spoke passionately about his plans to use the Internet as a major tool for teaching. He explained how inspired he was when Faber & Faber publishers launched The Waste Land app, taking TS Eliot into the 21st century. The app includes a video performance of the famous poem, notes, commentary and several readings. He intends to travel, teach and then if people want to carry on learning from him, they only have to look to the Internet, mainly his own website, where they will find further information for his students to learn. This will largely be focused on a Jewish leadership programme for University students. Rabbi Sacks said that the media side of his role of Chief Rabbi has given him the techniques required for this type of development. He reminded us of one of his lectures that was broadcast on YouTube and has now had over a million hits. He also recorded a series of eight two minute videos, one for each night of Chanukah. Despite these aspirations for the future, the Chief Rabbi also

ironically feels that the Jews, “will be the last people of the book.” Jews cannot use the technology he speaks of on Shabbat and are therefore still greatly reliant on physical books.

He also observed that Jews are probably the last people in the world who still write on parchment, yet Israel is one of the leading technological countries in the world. He summarised this by declaring, “We are the newest of the new and the oldest of the old.” He is particularly looking forward to the chance to work with institutions that currently lie outside of the role of Chief Rabbi. He has been able to do this within the UK but not globally and he is excited that he will now have this opportunity.

Speaking in general about his term as Chief Rabbi, we asked him to draw on the highs of his time in this role and there were three particular moments that he instantly recalled. The opening of B’nei Akiva in Manchester, UK which has just recently celebrated its 21st anniversary. Over 1000 people came to see the new Sefer Torah and danced in celebration of the occasion. He particularly remembers a non-Jewish journalist who was sent to cover this occasion by a leading British newspaper. She was clearly blown away by the whole event, writing, “Now I know what it must have looked like when King David brought the Ark into Jerusalem.” The Chief Rabbi also proudly spoke of the time when Prince Charles asked to attend syna-

When asked about any low points, Lord Sacks spoke movingly about the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Only a few days prior to his death, he had written Rabin a long letter urging him to spend more time talking to the Jewish people as he could sense the building of pressure. Days later the assassination occurred and Rabbi Sacks flew to Israel to attend the funeral. Upon his return to the UK, the Chief Rabbi was presented with a letter that had arrived for him whilst he had been away. This letter was the response from Yitzak Rabin. It was long and heartfelt and spoke about his hopes for peace. This letter was possibly the last thing he wrote.

On a more personal level, the death of his father five years into his role was a memorable low. He knows the pride his parents felt when he was appointed to the role and he was delighted that his father was able to attend his induction but sadly did not live to see all that he was able to achieve. Thinking about his successor, Rabbi Sacks was asked for his opinion on what makes a good Chief Rabbi. His first and immediate response was that a Chief Rabbi must have the ability to think long into the future. He is only the 6th Chief Rabbi since 1845 so this is a long serving position, unlike the shorter terms of many world leaders. The clarity of thought to look a whole generation ahead is of paramount importance. Secondly, he cited that being able to talk appropriately to people from all walks of life is crucial – lay people, Rabbis, Jews, nonJews – a Chief Rabbi must have the skill to say the same thing in different ways to different communities, must be a team builder and an inspiration. Chief Rabbi Sacks has left an extremely positive mark on the Hong Kong Jewish Community, a tight-knit community who wishes him well and hopes to welcome him through their doors again in the future, in whatever capacity this may be. Interviewed by Nina Soloway


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Art and Culture

‘Fun is the name of the game’ with Captain G

New Voice screened

The story of Captain G, is a new motivational children’s fantasy book. Inspired by toy designer and now author Sharon Galor who presented to Grade 2 school children at Carmel School on 12 December.

The film New Voice, is a coproduction of the Israeli Embassy in China and the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts.

“Fun is the name of the Game”, was the general theme during the interaction between Galor and the school kids. A short video presentation was shown explaining the key characters Captain G and the child who wishes to become a Tagi Master. They live in a fantasy land called Ludoland and tells of the journeys towards the Kingdom of toys and games. Galor



Written and directed by Dan Wolman, a veteran Israeli film director, it was recently screened at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts on 6 December. Sharon Galor, middle, at the back with Grade 2 students

dance steps about the G characters to the pupils which they enjoyed and followed. Later on, each student was asked to write down their wish. There was further interaction, with pupils asked to design a toy that they want. “Ludoland is a magical place, children enjoy toys,” commented Galor. The purpose of the presentation was to make them curious, but more to remember the actions and feeling of fun than the story of the book. Galor believes that kids are today’s inspiration and tomorrow’s decision makers, and has

Book Cover: G - The Journey to Ludoland

dedicated himself toward encouraging children and youth for creative thinking and selfexpression. He hopes to develop branding Captain G. via interactive cross platforms such as internet, book stores, TV and toy stores. A book opening event was recently held on 13 January in Hong Kong at Dymocks IFC Mall bookstore. Galor is a multi –talented individual, the owner and founder of ‘idea SiGn Ltd’, a toy and game inventor. He also is a very accomplished artist, photo journalist and a biotech veteran with more then 10 years as a marine biologist.

The movie is the result of three years cooperation between Wolman and the Academy with the help of the Israeli Embassy. The story tells about Han, a Beijing opera singer and his son who are going to perform in the famous Chinese opera Women Generals.

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Yasmin Levy to perform at Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013 World acclaimed Ladino singer Yasmin Levy will be performing at this years Hong Kong Arts Festival. Launched in 1973, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is a major annual event in the region and one of Asia’s premier cultural events. Each year the festival offers a broad spectrum of programmes, ranging from classical to cutting edge productions.

ing sold-out shows in Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara. This was her fourth trip to the country for performances last year.

During that time she has built up quite a considerable following and is regularly featured

“After 8 years talking about Ladino music and the Jews of Spain, part of my personal Libertad is about being able to sing Ladino songs because I love them; not because I am expected to sing them. I sing Flamenco, Turkish music, Ladino, Persian music and mix them all together.” Libertad represents the beginning of a new phase in Yasmin Levy’s life, as well as in her musical career. Part of this is a newfound sense of freedom that comes both with and from the birth of her baby boy just over a year ago. This inspired Yasmin to focus even more on her own song-writing; she has contributed five of the twelve songs on the album. It also helped her try a new musical fusion - bringing together flavours of Flamenco with the unique emotion of Turkish strings and providing a fresh musical backdrop to Yasmin’s songs. This new freedom of spirit

Yasmin also filmed a cameo appearance in a Greek/Israeli television film about the life of Rebetika singer Roza Eskanazy.

Ladino the music, language and history Ladino is the collective term for the Judeo-Spanish languages spoken by the Jews of Spain.

Ali Taskiran

Annually well over 1500 artists perform including world premieres, international artists and ensembles, Chinese productions, theatre productions, opera, jazz and contemporary dance. The festival is a nonprofit organisation, around 30% is funded by the Hong Kong government and the rest shared between box office revenue, sponsors and donations. Levy will be performing a musical repertoire concert entitled Libertad on 9 March. With the release of her fifth studio album Libertad (Freedom), she states with passion: “I started as a Ladino singer, before this music was known around the world. No one would listen to Ladino songs but somehow we managed to help breathe new life into them and today it has become well recognised. But I am more than a Ladino singer. I see myself as a World Music singer, singing in modern Spanish as well as Ladino, and bringing the flavours I love.

on major television shows as well as in all the major national newspapers.

Yasmin Levy

has encouraged Yasmin to take on the challenge of recording songs she never dared approach before, including the great Persian classic Soghati, renamed Recuerdo here, as well as the hugely popular Turkish song Firuze, famously performed by Sezen Aksu. This new spirit also helped Yasmin to collaborate on a magical duet of her own composition Olvidate. And finally, the album also contains three stunning Ladino classics. Levy was born in Bakaa, Jerusalem, Israel, on 23 December 1975. A “very small, beautiful neighbour hood”, Bakaa is filled with narrow alleys and warrens dating back many hundreds of years. The area is still a vital part of the history of this great city and, for Yasmin, her roots. Whenever she has time off, she loves to return to Jerusalem and spend time with her mother, brothers, sister and their families. Her musical interests began as a child. At six years of age, she was taught to play piano and she continued with her studies until age eighteen. At twenty, she began singing seriously but it wasn’t until a year later that she made her first public performance as a guest in a concert given by her mother. In December 2008 Yasmin won the USA Songwriting Competition in the category Best Song (World) for her composition Me Voy (I’m Leaving). Yasmin recently completed a five city tour of Turkey includ-

These languages infuse the original ancient Spanish with other languages including Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Slavic languages, Portuguese, French, Italian and Hebrew. The geographical spread of communities in North Africa,

Turkey, Greece and the Balkans, each with distinct dialects and religious customs, is reflected in the musical variety of Judeo-Spanish folk songs carried down to the present day. UNESCO has recently recognised Ladino as one of the world’s endangered languages as they estimate there are fewer than 200,000 Ladino speakers world-wide.


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Israeli dancers showcased at Singapore ​ ne of Singapore’s most O sought-after dance companies T.H.E. Dance Company provide platforms for exchange and learning between practitioners as well as enthusiasts of contemporary dance. Into its third successful year, it has established itself amongst the local and regional dance community as the festival known for riveting, ground breaking works. It showcased three Israeli artists, Idan Cohen, Maya Brinner and Omer Astrachan in a week of jam-packed performances, workshops and technique classes catered to all levels. Idan Cohen was born in Israel in Kibbutz Mizra and has danced with the world known KCDC (founder Yehudit Arnon). Since 2005 he has been creating, performing and teaching successfully as an international award winning independent choreographer. His creations include: Mad Siren (2011), Brazil (2010) in collaboration with Maria Kong Dancers Company; Because (2010) created for SDT, BytomPoland, Swan Lake (2009) sup-

for young choreographers, and has been invited to perform in Germany, Poland, China, Singapore, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the US. She also teaches workshops and master classes in Israel and abroad.

Idan Cohen

Maya Brinner

Omer Astrachan

ported by Tanzplan Dresden, Germany and Joy Ride (2008). His prize-winning works include: My sweet little fur (2007), which received the first Performing Prize at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Cohen continues to tour his work internationally and receive invitations as Guest Artist and teacher worldwide, at prestigious institutions such as the Cullberg Ballet and the Scottish Dance Theatre.

graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and from the Sam Spiegel Film School.

ceptional Performance. Since 2005, Brinner, has been creating independent work as a choreographer with the support of the best-known festivals in Israel.

Maya Brinner is a dancer and choreographer. Born in California she moved to Israel at the age of five and has since lived in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. She

Tomer Bar Trio perform at JAZZ Bliss ​ he Tomer Bar Trio, a music T band from Israel participated in an International Jazz Festival, known as JAZZ Bliss, which was held from 27 November to 2 December 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar.

The music festival was organised by the Embassy of Germany in cooperation with the Embassies of France, Israel and the US, as well as the German Goethe Institute and supported by Gitameit Music Center and ISY.

This is the third time Israeli and International musicians have participated in an International Jazz Festival in Myanmar.

The trio group was established in 2010. They perform Tomer’s original compositions in an attempt to connect contemporary jazz with the “local”, Israeli orientation, thus reaching out to the Israeli and international audiences with a representative combination of international style jazz and a variety of “Israeli” music styles. Tomer Bar was born in 1994. He is described by the media as the “Melody Prince of Israeli Jazz”, has been writing, composing and recording albums since he was just 12 years old.

Tomer Bar

Among his albums are Memories and Reflection, two jazz albums that won enthusiastic acclaim, including in Down Beat Magazine. Tomer’s fourth album and the Trio’s first, is entitled Local Groove. Tomer has appeared in some of the largest and most distinguished festivals. Other members of the group are Max Oleartchik and Ofri Nehemya.

She started her dancing career in 2000 and has danced in lead roles with some of Israel’s top choreographers. Her work as a dancer acquitted her twice with the Ministry of Science and Culture Prize for Ex-

Her work integrates dance with a cinematic view. As choreographer, she has won numerous prizes including the Teva award, the America-Israel award and the Ministry of Culture Prize

Omer Astrachan was born in 1987, in Israel. He trained in the Bat-Dor school programme for professional dancers before he joined Kamea Dance Company in Israel as a leading dancer, working with choreographers such as Tamir Ginz, Uri Ivgi, Lior Lev and more. In 2010 he joined the Junior Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and performed in the creations of KCDC Artistic Director Rami Be’er. Today Astrachan works as a freelance dancer in Tel Aviv and joined Idan Cohen’s company in April 2012.

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Business Scalability the location away from “the corner of Main and Main”.

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By BillChurchfield , Head of Real Estate/Licensing, Tranic Development

Bill has 30 years’ experience in franchising. He was a senior executive of McDonalds in its international and US divisions, and played a leading management role in its establishment in over 30 countries. He was a l s o re s p o n s i b l e f o r t h e development and opening of new markets for Starbucks in Asia. His roles with both companies included sourcing suitable franchisees and/ or joint venture partners to facilitate expansion. Real Estate is one of the most critical aspects of the brand. It is obviously a significant marketing tool and, without a doubt, the most expen-

sive. It is critical to understand your market and have a strategy that will work for you and your partners. The wrong choice of real estate and an incomplete policy can prove disastrous. When Pizza Hut entered Germany they employed a policy of looking for “Billboard” locations. By definition, a “Billboard” location is one that has all the aspirational qualities for the brand but not necessarily the ability to be profitable. Many of the brands in Fifth Avenue New York and in Regent Street London are there as a “Billboard”. Many brands have to be in that location to support their worldwide image. Pizza Hut was successful in achieving their initial goals but, unfortunately, many of these outlets lost money. The net losers were the franchise partners as Pizza Hut had less than 25% equity in

any one of these enterprises. McDonalds embarked on a different strategy. We knew that we needed to obtain “Billboard” locations, but we also realised that these outlets may not be successful initially. McDonalds recognised the fact that they would lose money in the initial four or five years and were prepared for this. When an outlet ran at a loss, head office would support this. We would also build a cluster of outlets around the Billboard. These restaurants were less expensive to rent and provided us with much needed revenue to support our Billboard. We also had the advantage of keeping a significant equity position with our licensed partners. The split of equity was more 70% to McDonalds and 30% to the partner. Naturally, our partners were given the opportunity to introduce new capi-


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tal alongside our investment. Often they would choose to allow their investments to dilute, but rarely was there a complaint as the venture’s valuation increased commensurately. Whilst Billboard outlets are important you may not get what you are looking for. I was responsible for approving the opening of 7000 outlets in my career. I can count on the fingers on my hands the number of times that I was able to negotiate for the ideal position. It is important that we look for the best site that would suit the brand. That, in reality, no matter how much we want it, is not always an “A” grade site. Often secondary sites had to be used. In selecting these and using what we used to call “the third eye” – an understanding of the demography of our customer and how that demographic could be attained could place

After 27 years of working with McDonalds opening up new countries in many parts of the world I moved on to helping Starbucks open up their Asian market. Starbucks were going through an evolutionary process themselves. They had targeted the middle upper to upper class markets. However, when they introduced their drive-through concept in the US they discovered the market that they had never tapped. We used the Billboard strategy in Asia for Starbucks. It was interesting that the Billboard locations made money from the beginning. It is possible that this was because Starbucks was a known brand when they entered this market. Two of the best Billboard locations, the ones that were absolutely ideal and that I could count on my fingers, were established by Starbucks in Japan and Korea. I was most interested in Starbucks is recent drive into India. They have targeted only 4% of that country’s population – the top 4%!


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Reading the story of Purim

he festival of Purim is one of Judaism’s most joyous and fun filled holiday. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people were living in Persia and were saved from extermination. Purim is celebrated on 14 Adar. The festival lies around the telling of the story in the Book of Esther, a scroll made on special parchment, i n h e b re w t h e M e g i l l a h .

The King loved Esther more than his other women and made Esther Queen, but the King did not know that Esther was Jewish. Mordechai told her not to reveal her identity to the King.

It is preceded by a minor fast on the 13 Adar, the Fast of Esther / Ta’anit Esther, which commemorates Esther’s three days of fasting in preparation for her meeting with the King.

In the end, through a complex twist of events, Esther gets the decree reversed, Haman is hanged on the gallows, and Mordechai becomes prime minister. Haman hated Mordechai because he refused to bow down to him and so he plotted to destroy the Jewish people.

The Book of Esther, tells the story of Esther, a young Jewish woman living in Persia, her cousin Mordechai, who raised her as if she were his daughter King Achashverosh of Persia and the villain, advisor to the King, Haman. King Achashverosh throws a huge party to find a new queen as she refuses to follow orders. She is replaced by a new queen.

mentioned in the service. The purpose of this custom is to “blot out the name of Haman.” The Book of Esther is read on Purim night, and again the next day. Every word must be clearly heard. We read it in the synagogue, because the larger the crowd, the greater publicity is given to the miracle of our being saved.

Mordechai, uncovers a plot to assassinate the King – putting him also in a favourable position with the King. All this comes in handy when Haman, the king’s top advisor, obtains a decree to have all the Jews destroyed.

Mordechai persuaded Esther to speak to the King on behalf of the Jewish people. Esther fasted for three days to prepare herself, she told him of Haman’s plot against her people. The Jewish people were saved, and Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had originally prepared for Mordechai.

Megillah Esther

The Book of Esther is unusual in that it is the only book of the Bible that does not contain the name of Hashem and includes virtually no reference to G-d. An important message can be gained from the story is that Hashem often works in ways that are not apparent, in ways that appear to be chance, coincidence or ordinary good luck. The word “Purim” means “lots” and refers to the lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre.

Requirements for Purim There are four mitzvot specific to the holiday of Purim: • Reading the Megillah Esther • Festivity and rejoicing – the Purim meal • Sending food to friends – Mishloach Manot • Giving gifts to the poor – Matanot La’evyonim

The primary commandment related to Purim is to hear the reading of the Book of Esther inside the synagogue. It is customary to boo, hiss, stamp feet and rattle gragers (noisemakers) whenever the name of Haman is

On Purim morning, we visit friends and deliver tasty treats, Mishloach Manot. There is also a special mitzvah to give gifts of money to the poor, Matanot La’evyonim. Among Ashkenazic Jews, a common treat at this time of year is hamentaschen (lit. Haman’s pockets). These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed to represent Haman’s three-cornered hat. It is customary to hold carnival – like celebrations on Purim, to perform plays and parodies, and to hold beauty contests.

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Hon. Chairman

Hon. Judge Michael Hartmann


Rafael Aharoni

Vice-chairman & Treasurer Jeremy Levy

Vice-chairman Yariv Yaakobi


Dr. Naomi Rodrig

Board of Directors Rafael Aharoni Yair Berrebi Gil Inbar Kobi Itzchaki Yaron Gil Lamy Jeremy Levy Dr. Naomi Rodrig Erez Weiss Yariv Yaakobi


Dr. Judith Diestel Edwin Epstein Rabbi Shimon Freundlich - Beijing Yaron Geiger Dan Hoffmann Michel Jospe Moty Kafry Isaac Kamhin Eitan Livne Mark C. Michelson Daniel Moldovan Robert L. Meyer Avraham Nagar Elan Oved – Shanghai Bernie Pomeranc - Shengzhen Caterina Rajchenberg Shay Razon Andre Rofe Joe Teichmann

Two years ago, we celebrated the 18th World Maccabiah Games *World’s 3rd Largest International Sports Event* The Maccabi spirit is working wonders all over the Jewish world. MWU has enjoyed a year of excellent mass events infused with Jewish and Zionist motivation, all working towards the Maccabi answer to the difficult times that we live in. Six years ago, the 17th Maccabiah Games took place on 11th July 2005 in Israel was absolute success, especially when China, Hong Kong and Macedonia participated in the games for the first time since 1932. We, Hong Kong brought some medals back. With 8,500 athletes competing, including 5,000 from abroad, the Maccabiah Games was a celebration of sports and Zionism. Competitors from 55 countries gathered to celebrate solidarity between our people. Today, we are looking forward to the 19th Maccabiah Games in 2013. With the larger team from Hong Kong, Macau, China which will participate in the games. Hope you can all join in July 2013. Please start saving your money for the trip to Israel. I promise you will have the best time of your life. On behalf of the Macabi World Union, Macabi Hong Kong – the Board of Directors and myself, I wish you all a splendid evening. Enjoy yourself and God Bless! Yours truly

Rafael Aharoni Chairman Macabi Hong Kong Thank you. We couldn’t have come this far without you.

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February Parashas 2 February 2013 / 22 Shevat 5773: YITRO Before the Torah reveals to us one of the most important events recorded in the Torah – the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, the Torah records the reunion between Moses and his father-in-law Yitro (after whom this Shabbat Torah reading is named). Yitro blessed G-d on His saving of the Children of Israel for Egyptian bondage and sits down with Moses to eat bread. (From this has arisen the tradition in many especially Sephardi communities to have a special Seuda [meal] on this Shabbat). Yitro advises Moses that it is not good to sit in judgment alone over his people and suggests Moses should appoint elders to help in this important task. The Children of Israel arrive at Mount Sinai and prepare to receive the Torah with thunder, lightning and the sound of the Shofar. Moses goes up to Mount Sinai and receives the Torah, which symbolised by the 10 Commandments. Moses is commanded to build an altar that has not been fashioned with weapons of war.

9 February 2013 / 29 Shevat 5773: MISHPATIM / SHABBAT MEVARECHIM One of the four Special Shabbatot preceding Pesach. Shabbat Mishpatim contains various civil laws, starting with the law of the Hebrew slave. Jewish civil law differs from many ancient legal systems in that it begins by addressing the rights of HOLIDAYS/ FASTS/ ROSH CHODESH Rosh Chodesh: 10 February 2013 (30 Tevet 5773) 11 February 2013 (1 Adar 5773) Fast of Esther: 21 February 2013 (11 Adar 5773)

Purim: 24 February 2013 (14 Adar 5773)

the lowest of any society – the slave. The slave who was forced to sell himself into slavery or was sold by a Beth Din because he could not repay the value of property he had stolen, had to be released in his seventh year.

16 February 2013 / 6 Adar 5773: TERUMA God commands Moses to take a contribution from the Children of Israel to build the Mishkan, the tented Tabernacle. The Mishkan was to house the Ten Commandments in the Aron HaKodesh - Holy Ark (which was at the heart of the Mishkan), and act as a physical sign of God’s presence. The word “take” is used rather than “give” to show that the giving of such contributions and of charity is beneficial to the donor. The parasha also includes each of the different materials used in the construction of the Mishkan is described in details as are its different parts. The Mishkan was a portable structure and therefore had to be built to accompany the Children of Israel in their journey through the wilderness. The main parts of the Mishkan were: The Aron HaKodesh, the Table, the Menorah, the Tent of Meeting, the Copper Alter that was placed in the courtyard, and the Courtyard itself.

23 February 2013 / 13 Adar 5773: TETZAVEH

Tetzaveh continues the description of the building of the Mishkan, and especially concentrates on the special priestly garments worn by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) and the ordinary Kohanim. It then gives instruction for the consecration of the Kohanim and the Outer Altar and instructions for constructing the Incense Altar. The Parasha begins with describing the making of the pure olive oil that was used in the lighting of the Menorah in the Tent of Meeting. The Parasha also describes in detail the eight garments of the Kohen Gadol. They were: The Ephod (a special type of apron); The Ketonet (Tunic); The Me’il (Robe); The Choshen (Breastplate); Mitznefet (Turban like head covering); Avnet (Sash); The Tztz (Headplate) and breeches. Candle Lighting Times for February

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

Jacob Ballas Community Centre & Maghain Aboth Synagogue: 24-26 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187950 Tel: (65) 6337 2189

Beijing Chabad House and Community centre: Fang Yuan Xi Lu, next to the south gate of Si De Park, Beijing, PR China Tel: (8610) 8470 8238 ext. 210, (86) 13910740109

United Jewish Congregation (Reform): Jewish Community Centre, One Robinson Place, 70 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2523 2985

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Shuva Israel (Orthodox): 2/F Fortune House, 61 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2851 6300

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Kowloon Kehilat Zion (Orthodox): Unit 105, 1/F, Wing on Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon Tel: (852) 2368 0061


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Taipei Jewish Community: 16 Min Tsu East Road, Second Floor, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC Tel: (886) 2 2591 3565


Taipei Jewish Services: Sheraton Taipei Hotel, 12, Zhang Xiao East Road, Section 1, Taipei, Taiwan Tel: (886) 2 2321 5511, (886) 2 2394 4240

Kenesseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, 43 Dr V.B. Gandhi Marg, Fort, Mumbai Tel: (91) 22 22831502 / 22839617


Chabad Jewish Center House # 32, Street 228, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: (855) 85 807 205


Guangzhou Guangzhou Chabad: 31 He Ping Lu, Overseas Village, Guangzhou, China Tel: (86) 137 1050 5049 Shanghai Shanghai Chabad (Shanghai Jewish Center): Shang-Mira Garden Villa #1, 1720 Hong Qiao Road, Shanghai, 200336, PR China Tel: (86) 21 6278 0225 Chabad of Pudong: Vila # 69, 2255 Luoshan Road, Shanghai, 200135, PR China Tel: (86) 21 5878 2008 Sephardi Shanghai Center: Building B. Apt. 3 (Room 103), 1000 Gubei Road, Shanghai, PR China 201103 Tel: (86) 21 6208 8327 Mobile: (86) 15900808733 Email:, Shenzhen Shenzhen Chabad: No.4, Block A, Guishan Xiaozhu Yanshan Road, Industrial Area, Shekou Nanshan District, Shenzhen, PR China Tel: (86) 755 8207 0712


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

Magen David Synagogue: 340 Sir J.J. Rd, Byculla, Mumbai Tel: (91) 22 23006675

Kurla Bene Israel: 275 C.S.T. Rd, Jewish Colony, Kurla (W) Mumbai, India Tel: (91) 22 511-2132


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: 2/F No. 8, Lane 180, Songde Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan Tel: (886) 9 2392 3770

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



Chabad House: GHA-2-516-4 Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal Tel: (977) 980 324 1294


Beth Yaacov Synagogue: 110 H.V. de la Costa cnr, Tordesillas West, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Metro Manila 1227, The Philippines Tel: (632) 815 0265

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


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