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CARMEL SCHOOL RECEIVES PERMANENT PREMISES STATUS FOR ELSA HIGH last 5 years have seen a wonderful example of collaboration between ourselves and Kellett School, and which has enabled both schools to develop their secondary sections. The grant of permanent premises at Shau Kei Wan will now enable us to pursue and extend the top class international education on offer at Carmel and Elsa. We are delighted!”

By Staff Writers Carmel School in Hong Kong has been awarded a permanent grant of its premises in Shau Kei Wan, by the Hong Kong government. The premises are currently occupied by Carmel’s secondary school section, Elsa High School, on a shared basis with Kellett School. The results of the allocation mean that Carmel and Elsa will be able to occupy the whole of the premises in Shau Kei Wan on a permanent basis. This will be used for expansion in line with the school’s overall development plan, and compliments the school’s two other facilities in the Mid-Levels district of Hong Kong. The permanent allocation has been excitedly received by the Hong Kong Jewish community. It marks a significant milestone in a remarkable journey for a school that was founded in 1991, with only a handful of students. Since then Carmel has grown to over 330 students, encompassing a pre-school section, Ganeynu, all the way through to its first graduating grade 12 cohort in Elsa High School this year. Due to land scarcity for all schools in Hong Kong, obtaining suitable prem-

Rachel Friedmann

Elsa High students

ises has always been one of the major strategic objectives facing Carmel and other Hong Kong schools and a major obstacle to continuity and development. It wasn’t until the arrival of the current Principal, Mrs. Rachel Friedmann, in 2009 that Carmel established a high school and was able to offer a through-train of education. Named after Elsa Strauss (the grandmother of community member Sylvie Davidson) and with the support of the Strauss Foundation, Elsa High opened its doors in August 2009 with a Jewish and an International stream. The Board of Carmel secured a temporary grant from the Hong Kong government for the premises on a co-location basis with Kellett School. At the time of the hand-over, the premises were in a severely dilapidated state, having been vacant for many years. The renovation exercise was completed with breathtaking speed, and with the financial support of the Ohel Leah Synagogue Trust, community members and other supporters, into state-of-the art premises. Including a 500-seat auditorium/ sports centre, an all weather astro-turf playing field, science labs, a visual arts cen-

tre, a music suite and libraryfacility, which encompasses a dedicated resource centre for the Hong Kong Holocaust Tolerance Centre.

The Carmel Association is the only Jewish school in Asia offering a through-train of education from ages 1-18. Carmel is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the secondary section. Elsa High, is a registered International Baccalaureate school for both the Diploma Program (Grades 11-12) and the Middle Years Program (Grades 6-10). Commenting on the allocation, Neil Hyman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carmel School Association Limited said, “We are delighted to have received a permanent grant of our current premises in Shau Kei Wan, which will enable us to expand our offering and increase available places across each of the pre-school, elementary and secondary school sections. The allocation is the culmination of considerable work by the current and past Board members, staff and supporters over our short 22 year history, and is a major boost to Jewish education in Hong Kong and the region.” Mrs. Rachel Friedmann, Principal of Carmel School said ,“The

Jewish secondary schools did operate in China in the early twentieth century where Jewish communities flourished, notably in Harbin, Tianjin and Shanghai, but these gradually closed by WWII.

IN THIS ISSUE Regional News Chinese postgraduate students arrive in Israel


Business News Tulip winery exporting to Thailand


Art and Culture Sotheby’s tours Hong Kong as apart of its annual Judaica auction 18-20

Yom Hashoah Remembering victims of the Holocaust


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Chinese postgraduate students arrive in Israel

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On 19 April, Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership (SIGNAL), welcomed three Chinese postgraduate students from the China University of Petroleum (CUP). Beijing-based CUP is the top petroleum science and engineering-focused university and the single most influential energy university in the country. As part of an ongoing cooperation between SIGNAL and CUP that began in May 2012, the post-grads are spending almost a month researching about Israel, its history and its people. They are being hosted by Ben Gurion University’s Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at the Uni-

by the post-grads from CUP will help advance the ISPs at those universities.

Post graduate students at Ben Gurion University

versity’s campus in Sde Boker. This cooperation heralds the beginning of a long term plan for ongoing China-Israel academic collaboration. The visit follows CUP professor Bai Yingqian’s completion of SIGNAL’s full semester Israel Studies Program Faculty Training Seminar at Bar Ilan University. Like Professor Bai,

the post grads were sent on the recommendation of the CUP administration that seeks to strengthen Israel-China ties. Since late 2011, SIGNAL has established Israel Studies Programs (ISPs) in Henan, Shanghai, Xinjiang and Chongqing. This year ISPs will begin in Yunnan and Shaanxi Provinces. The academic visit

“SIGNAL is very pleased with the arrival of the students from CUP,” said SIGNAL Managing Director Binyamin Tjong-Alvares. “Ben Gurion University and SIGNAL are both working to promote academic cooperation with China and we aim to channel many more high-calibre students from across the PRC to Ben Gurion’s exceptional Israel Studies Program,” he said. SIGNAL, was formed in 2011 for the purpose of enhancing China and Israel’s strategic, diplomatic, cultural and economic relationship through academia.

Resident jailed for trading organ transplants The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced Israeli resident Sami Shem Tov, 69, who was convicted on 13 charges of brokering organ transplants, to three years imprisonment. Using connections in his workplace at the Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, Shem Tov set up early medical examinations for his clients and donors and then sent them to the Philippines and Ecuador for the transplant procedure itself. Shem Tov used to “cheat those involved and endanger them while taking advantage of their financial, mental and health concerns for money,” said the court ruling.

In August 2010, Shem Tov was convicted of a series of organ trade charges for his activity between 2006 and 2010. Shem Tov had acted as a middleman between recipients and potential organ donors, who he found by posting newspaper ads. Taking advantage of their inexperience, Shem Tov kept donors in the dark as to the risks involved. For his services, Shem Tov illegally received large sums, giving only a fraction of it to the donors themselves. Last year, he pleaded guilty to charges of exploitation, attempted exploitation, fraudulently obtaining benefits and ex-

dant’s main motivation, not the wellbeing of the patients that needed the transplants,” Judge Rafi Carmel noted in the sentence.

In addition to the prison sentence, the court also ordered Shem Tov to pay compensation to the plaintiffs.

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tortion, as part of a plea bargain.

In one incident, Shem Tov extorted a donor, a single mother of two, who went back on her decision when she was already in the Philippines for a kidney transplant. “The charges show that monetary reward was the defen-

Shem Tov’s lawyer, Attorney Roi Politi, said in response: “We find the sentence a bit severe. We shouldn’t forget that behind every unlawful mediation between a donor and a client – a life was saved, where the State couldn’t give a solution to those who live on borrowed time other than adding them to a list of more than 2,000 others waiting for a transplant.”

Single Jewish girls heading to Hong Kong A group of single Jewish girls will be visiting Hong Kong between 6-10 June as part of Australia’s j-junction introduction programme. They will be spending four days and nights socialising and sightseeing in Hong Kong, accompanied by Michelle Lewis, the Australian manager and chief matchmaker of j-junction. “Like any group of

switched-on young women they will be doing their share of shopping,” Lewis says, “but they are making the trip especially to meet single Jewish men. By liaising with the local Jewish community in Hong Kong and their affiliates throughout Asia, there are several social events being organised to bring these people together.”

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Diplomats volunteering their time

Ambassador Hanan Goder with Nepalese children

The Embassy of Israel in Nepal continued its volunteering work at the Child Protection Home at Siphal, Kathmandu in March. Like in previous years, Israelis living in and travelling to Nepal participated in this activity together with the members from the “Shalom Club”, a club of Nepalese who studied in Israel and the staff from the Embassy. The main focus was given to repair and maintenance. Cleaning and painting walls of the rooms and building and installing a new drainage system along with new toilets. Delighted to help and join in with other volunteers, Hanan Goder, Ambassador of Israel to Nepal

said, “This children’s home belongs to all of us, Nepalese and Israelis together. I am proud to participate in this activity to help those who need our involvement.” Free health care checks for the children living at the home was also organised. Child Protection Home, established under Nepal Children’s Organisation, is an organisation that provides a safe and caring environment for rescued dependent children of imprisoned parents. The organisation not only provides education and medical care but also helps with confidence building and psychological counseling as well as offering opportunities for skill development. The organisation houses 60 children.

Family fun day for Israel’s Anniversary On 21 April, for the third consecutive year, Hong Kong Jewish Tzofim (Scouts) Group organised an event to celebrate Israel’s 65th Independence Day. This year the concept was entitled, ‘An all Israeli family beach day’ held at Palm Beach, Lantau Island. More than 150 people participated and enjoyed a lovely day with good Israeli music and fun beach activities. These included kite flying, matkot games, beach volleyball, SheshBesh tournament, sandcastle competition, and much more to cater for all ages. Food was plenty-some great falafel, ice cream and Israeli coffee were all included. To end with, some amazing prizes were raffled. All

those that attended had a proper Israeli Independence Day celebration! Tzofim in Hong Kong was established a few years ago by a group of parents, led by Eliad Cohen, who were looking for a social movement for their children based on Jewish values and a love of Israel and practical skills such as leadership, teamwork and friendship. On 10 May 2011, at Discovery Bay College, Hong Kong, to celebrate Israel’s 63rd Independence Day, Tzofim, with the cooperation of Israel’s Consulate organised a human ‘Magen

David’ star which officially has been recognised as a world record, by Guinness World Records. 276 individuals made up from the Hong Kong Jewish community formed the human star.

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New locations for Israel’s ministries ​ new consulate office in A Mumbai was formally inaugurated on 20 March and a new location for Israel’s embassy in the Philippines was opened on 10 April. The Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai shifted to a new office at Marathon Futurex, N M Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Amidst a recital of Jewish and Hindu prayers, senior government officials, political leaders, businessmen, diplomats, local Jewish community leaders and friends of the Consulate were present for the inauguration.

Orna Sagiv, Consul General of Israel to Mumbai

India and Israel established full bilateral relations in 1992. However the Consulate was established four decades earlier in 1953 to maintain Israel’s trade, tourism and cultural interests after it was established in 1948. After the establishment of the bilateral relations, the status of the Consulate was upgraded to “Consulate General”. Initially located in Kailash Building at Pedder Road, it was shifted to Nariman Point in 2000. In 2008, the Israel Trade Office started its work under the aegis of the Consulate. The growing staff numbers and workload required it to have a larger space and so the decision was taken to shift to the new business district of Lower Parel.

I s r a e l ’s A m b a s s a d o r t o t h e Philippines Menashe Bar On giving an address at the new building

The Embassy of Israel in the Philippines, inaugurated the mission’s new office at Taguig City. The location, according to the embassy, will be their permanent mission premises. There was a ceremonial blessing of the Mezuzah which was affixed at the embassy’s main entrance in front of government officials, members of the diplomatic and consular corps, the Jewish community, and media. The embassy moved to Taguig City on 18 March after holding office in Makati City for more than a decade. Ambassador Bar-On says the decision to move was mainly an administrative one. The new address is 10-11F, Avecshares Center, 1132 University Parkway Bonifacio Global City Taguig City, Manila.

Rabbi Israel installing the Mezuzah outside the new Philippine embassy

ICCP appoints new president The Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP) announced Ferdinand A. Sarfati, as its new President. He replaces Josef Gueta. Sarfati was previously Executive Director of ICCP. The ICCP has a robust plan aligned to the vision of tripling bilateral trade between Israel and the Philippines over the next three years. The chamber will be focusing on travel and tourism, technology especially in the areas of agriculture, water, telecoms and energy.

Israel and the Philippines

established ICCP in 2009 to encourage business-to-business networking within the Philippines and bilateral trade between the two countries.

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Ohel Leah Synagogue welcomes Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah community held a Scholar in Residence event in April. In attendance was Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber who was also joined by his wife and children for the weekend. Rabbi Farber is an attorney and an activist who helps people navigate the legal side of Jewish life in Israel. He is the founder and director of ITIM: The Jewish Life Information Center, an organisation that aims to assist with the legal intricacies of personal status, marriage, divorce, conversion, and burial which are administered by Israel’s Ministry of Religious Affairs. ITIM is an independent non-profit organisation, providing information and advocacy. It speaks to the Jewish world – religious and secular, old and young, from a variety of backgrounds. All of its ser-

cluding the rabbinate and nonOrthodox Jews need to learn “to trust each other” sufficiently to work together on difficult issues of personal status.

Rabbi Farber was ordained by Yeshiva University and holds a PhD from the Hebrew University. He is also an author of many books including An American Orthodox Dreamer. Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber

vices are free and guided by the principle that everyone deserves a sense of independence and dignity on their Jewish journey.

In some extreme circumstances situations often leave families bewildered, overwhelmed, and resentful. Rabbi Farber is widely cited in the press on the politically fraught issues of personal status among Jews in Israel. He passionately believes that Orthodox Jews in-

Rabbi Farber gave a talk on “Conversion in Israel and Around the World: Implications for World Jewry,” which was well attended by many community members. He also gave a Shabbat sermon at Ohel Leah Synagogue. His programmes and lectures focused on Israel’s rabbinical courts and legislation, sharing his own personal stories and testimonies in his daily work helping people in Israel.



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Israel’s 65th Independence Day reception The Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong celebrated the 65th Independence Day of the State of Israel with a reception at the Aberdeen Marina Club on 23 April 2013. It was attended by senior representatives from Central Government and the Hong Kong SAR Government, as well as dignitaries and leaders from local sectors and the Jewish community. The Hong Kong Police Choir opened the official ceremony with renditions of the anthems of the State of Israel and the Peoples Republic of China.  Guest of Honour, HKSAR Chief Executive C Y Leung, graced this special occasion with his presence. Other guests included Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in the HKSAR Mr Li Yuan-ming, President of the HKSAR Legislative Council Mr Jasper Tsang, Members

term friendship, trust, understanding and common values. He is thankful for the support of the HKSAR Government and will continue to enhance the relationship with the HKSAR and PRC. Ambassador Levy will be leaving Hong Kong this summer upon completion of his tenure as Consul General of Israel in the HKSAR & Macao SAR.

HKSAR Chief Executive C Y Leung

HKSAR Chief Executive C Y Leung and Ambassador Amikam Levy

of the Executive Council and Legislatives Council, Secretaries and Permanent Secretaries of various HKSAR government departments. Other notable attendees were rabbis, trustees of the Jewish Community in Hong Kong, Rafael Aharoni, Chairman of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and many Consul Generals from

other countries. Ambassador Amikam Levy highlighted in his speech the basic value of the Israeli society that is the commitment to creativity and innovation.  Israel is dedicated to playing a major role in generating a better future for the international community.  He considers Israel’s relationship with the HKSAR a strong one fuelled with long-

Ambassador Amikam Levy, Lady Kadoorie and Sir Michael Kadoorie, Trustee of the Jewish Community of Hong Kong

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Taiwan’s Jewish Women Circle

Racheli Tabib, left, with members of the Womens Circle

Taiwan’s Jewish community established a Jewish Women Circle Group in April. The women meet up every month in the newly renovated venue of Chabad Taiwan, also known as the Taipei Jewish Center. Led by Racheli Tabib, the discussions and activities focus on enriching Jewish life, strengthening tradition and expanding the circle to more women. Since their arrival two years ago, Rabbi Shlomi and Racheli Tabib have worked on reaching out to the community and the

current project symbolises great progress. In addition, Racheli operates the Hebrew School on Sundays in which around 20 children (and their parents) receive their weekly dosage of Judaism and spirituality. According to Rabbi Shlomi, there are approximately 500 Jewish residents in greater Taiwan. Although most of them are in Taipei, some make a special effort and come from Taoyuan, Hsicnchu and even the 500km south cities of Kaoshuing and Tainan.

Ambassador Amikam Levy

Guests at the reception

Rugby Lions Jewish roots A highly anticipated Rugby match will take place on 1 June at the Hong Kong Stadium between the Lions and Barbarians. The British and Irish Lions will then depart to play a three match Test Series in Australia. The first game will be played on 23 June. Also significant but perhaps not as intense as the game itself, throughout history there are Jewish roots for the participants. Of the British and Irish Lions, Jewish players have helped lead the team to victory and have formed an integral part of the touring team’s starting lineup. As far back as 1910, the team was captained by John Raphael. Raphael was a Belgian born English sportsman who was capped nine times for England. Educated at Merchant

Lions tour to Argentina.

Lions v Australia 2001

Taylors, Raphael won his first cap in 1902 when England took on Wales in the Home Nations Championship. A centre, winger or full-back, he also played in the 1905 and 1906 Championships as well as in Test matches against both France and New Zealand. The high point of his career came through a try which he scored in 1906 when playing Scotland. He captained the 1910 British

In more recent times, Ben Cohen went on the 2001 Lions tour to Australia and played in four games. Rugby star Ben Cohen is open that he is not officially Jewish but that doesn’t stop him from announcing that he has longdistance Yiddish roots. “My family’s not Jewish,” he said in an interview on his official website, “but a few generations back they used to be. I think it was my great grandfather that married out and broke with tradition.” Cohen was born in 1978 in Northampton, and comes from a long line of famous sporting relatives; his uncle, George (on his father’s side) was a member of the 1966 winning England football World Cup Squad, and played for Fulham (whom Cohen also supports).

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Tulip winery exporting to Thailand

Tulip winery, an Israeli boutique winery has begun exporting its premium wine products to Thailand, its first venture into Asia. Tulip winery will be working with a local distributor in Thailand that specialises in marketing high-quality wine. The company has ordered Tulip’s premium wines: Syrah Reserve 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010 and Black Tulip 2008.

The winery is owned by the Yitzhaki family and is located in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Tivon. In 2003, the Yitzhaki family fulfilled a special dream of theirs and established a boutique winery that combines top quality wine production, alongside contribution to the community. The family chose to locate the winery on a hillside, in the northern edge of the Carmel Mountain, in a small pastoral village, Kfar Tikva, Kfar Tikva – “Village of Hope”, is a community settlement for people with special needs, which strives to allow the disabled community to de-

velop and realise their potential.

The wonderful combination of the village’s vision and the family’s desire to make wine, resulted in an exciting wine industry model that employs members of the village and provides them with a business platform that integrates them in the labor force, just like any other person. Today, Tulip is considered to be a rising star in the Israeli wine industry, the winery produces about 100,000 bottles of wine per year, sold all over Israel, and in several countries around the world. It exports to France, Germany, US, Canada, UK, Holland and the Czech Republic.

Judaica giftware now offered at Home Essentials Furniture retailing outlet Home Essentials has launched a line of Judaica giftware products in Hong Kong from world renowned US designer Michael Aram. American born Aram, works primarily in metals such as stainless steel, nickelplate, bronze and granite. Each piece is handmade using age old traditional techniques. The quality and originality sits comfortably at home in contemporary as well as in more classical interiors. When some of Home Essentials customers mentioned that they had received Michael Aram products for their wedding or birthday, the store (as one of only two retailers accepted to sell Aram) contacted

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New York to create a Judaica catalogue for its Hong Kong store. There are well over 40 beautifully designed products ranging from: Mezuzahs, Kiddush cups, Shabbat candle holders to festival items such as Menorah’s, honey pots and Seder plates.

furniture, as well as a full range of furniture accessories, linens and much more.

Home Essentials has a new flagship store in Lyndhurst Terrace in Central where a selection of Judaica products are on display. Customers can also order the items from the catalogue, and they will place them on the next shipment.

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Ormat Technologies involved with power plant operation in Indonesia

China Everbright set to invest in Israeli tech companies

Ormat Technologies, Inc. announced project agreements with the operators of the 330 MW Sarulla Geothermal power project in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest single-contract geothermal power plants. The plant is located in Tapanuli Utara, North Sumatra. Ormat will design the plant and supply its energy converters. In addition, through its subsidiary Ormat International, Inc., it will hold a 12.75% equity stake in Sarulla Operations Ltd (SOL), which owns and operates the Sarulla project. Other members of the consortium that owns SOL include Medco Energi Internasional Tbk; Itochu Corporation; and Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc.

According to news wire sources in Israel, the investment arm of the Chinese stateowned China Everbright Group says it is close to signing deals with local firms and will put at least US$100 million into the tech sector. China Everbright CEO Shuang Chen who recently visited Israel, met with the head of the National Economic Council, Eugene Kandel, and with Director General of the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, Sharon Kedmi.

Under the Joint Operating Contract, PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, the concession holder for the project, has provided SOL with the rights to use the geothermal field and Indonesia’s state electric utility will be the off-taker at Sarulla for 30 years.

The project will be implemented in three phases of 110 MW each, utilising both steam and brine extracted from the geothermal field to increase the power plant’s efficiency.

Ormat’s technology allows practically 100% reinjection of the geothermal fluid back into

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the reservoir, maintaining the sustainability of the geothermal resource, thus increasing power and mitigates the negative effect of gases.

Construction is to begin after the consortium obtains financing, which is expected to take approximately one year. The first phase is scheduled to commence operation in 2016. The remaining two phases are scheduled to start within 18 months of the first phase.

The project is expected to obtain construction and term loans under a limited recourse financing package of direct loans from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Asian Development Bank, as well as loans to be provided by five commercial banks.

SHL Telemedicine signs Indian deal SHL Telemedicine Ltd a leading provider and developer of advanced personal telemedicine solutions, announced that it has entered the Indian healthcare market through collaborations with Indian hospitals. SHL has signed the first of its kind collaboration agreement, with Belle Vue Clinic, a specialty hospital in Kolkata, part of B.M Birla Hospital chain group. “With cardio vascular diseases (CVD) threatening to become India’s largest cause of death by 2020 and remarkable growth of private healthcare spending, we foresee a tremendous opportunity in providing our services in the Indian market,” commented Erez Alroy, Co-CEO of SHL Telemedicine.

“SHL will focus first on tier I cities with an aggregate population size of over 60 million where the fast growing urban middle class is experiencing rapid growth of income coupled with modernisation of lifestyle

also leading to increased risk of CVD. We expect to generate US$1-5 million from each such collaboration over the course of three years and to sign a series of additional, similar in nature, long term agreements with hospitals,” Alroy added. SHL says that CVD has risen four-fold in the past 40 years, and cites a World Health Organisation study, which states by 2020, killing 2.6 million people, half of whom will be aged 30-69, will have died. It notes that 80% of healthcare costs in India are paid out of pocket, and that the country’s rapidly growing urban middle class is spending more on private healthcare services. SHL telemedicine solutions also include medical call centres for individuals and the healthcare community. The company maintains business operations in Europe, mainly in Germany, and at its home market in Israel.

Dita Bronicki, Ormat’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “After a long process of negotiations, we reached an agreement. Once the financing closes, we will be able to recognise revenues from the supply of the equipment over the construction period and further strengthen the performance of our product segment. This project represents our entry into Indonesia, a region we have been excited about for some time. We believe the potential opportunity in Indonesia is significant, and we look forward to pursuing opportunities in what we anticipate will be a growing market in years to come. I would like to thank Pertamina, and our partners for their confidence in our technology.” With over four decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc operates energy power plants in the US, Guatemala, Kenya and Nicaragua.The company was established in 1965 as Ormat Turbines Ltd, in Yavne, Israel, by engineer Lucien Bronicki (Chairman and CTO) and wife Yehudit “Dita” Bronicki (CEO).

Chen also met with representatives from 25 Israeli technology companies. He told Israel’s TheMarker that his company is close to signing its initial investment deals with Israeli companies and also seeks to encourage joint ventures between both countries’ tech sectors. He added that while China Everbright will likely invest directly in Israeli firms, it will also explore opportunities for brokering deals on behalf of outside investors. “Most of the Chinese investments not in government bonds are in financial institutions in Hong Kong or in natural resources,” said Chen.

“We need to broaden our active collaborations with Israeli companies. We want to ease the way for companies and investors in China to look abroad and not fear investing. Chinese industry needs to adapt to today’s conditions and incorporate more technology. On the other hand, Israeli companies can benefit from the distribution channels of Chinese companies to reach immense markets. This requires cooperation as early as the development stage: Complete buyouts aren’t enough,” Chen said.

Shuang Chen

China Everbright will pursue investing in two or three of the Israeli companies he saw last week, Chen said. “We are looking to invest in companies in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and clean tech that have reached an advanced stage, companies with a product and sales but still looking for rapid growth,” he said.

“It is important to us to implement the initial investments in Israeli companies as fast as possible to gain experience. We aren’t afraid of failure,” Chen said. Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China Everbright Ltd has US$10 billion under its management. It focuses on investments in finance, real estate and natural resources.

Amir Yaar, founder and CEO of the China Israel Synergy investment and consulting firm, helped pave the way for the company’s interest in investing in Israel. Although around 80 Chinese economic delegations visit Israel each year, there has been little substantial investment activity between the two countries in the technology sector. One of the few exceptions is Clal Industries’ Infinity Group, which is responsible for about US$250 million in investment by Chinese firms in Israeli industry.

Elbit Systems and Sharp Aviation K announce the establishment of a joint company Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd announced the establishment of Sharp Elbit Systems Aerospace, Inc (SESA). This is a jointly owned company in South Korea, with Sharp Aviation K Inc, an aviation services company engaged in nationwide commercial and defense programmes. Elbit Systems will own 19% with a growth option to 50% ownership. SESA will operate in Ansan offering maintenance, repair and manufacture of advanced military aircraft avionics as well as research and development of systems and avionics

for both existing and future projects, such as the Korean Light Attack Helicopter and the Korean Future Fighter development projects. Contracts currently operated by Sharp Aviation K will be transferred to SESA as part of the transaction. SESA will also be able to offer offset solutions to foreign suppliers and OEM’s selling defense goods and services in Korea.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems’ President and CEO, noted: “The establishment of this new company is a significant step for Elbit Systems in Korea, which we consider to be a very important market. We trust that

establishing this jointly owned company will bring new opportunities and will be of mutual benefit for both our companies and for Korea”.

Elbit Systems Ltd is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programmes throughout the world. The company and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, such as command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance, reconnaissance and unmanned aircraft systems and military communications systems and radios.

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Message by Consul General of the State of Israel in Hong Kong and Macau Ambassador Amikam Levy on the occasion of the 65th Independence Day of the State of Israel Today we celebrate the 65th Independence Day of the State of Israel.

During these years the people of Israel succeeded to flourish the desert in many ways. It is beyond our prayers and beyond our hopes what Israel has now become and possessed: a diverse population, a liberal democracy, outstanding education, an international source of innovation and brilliant ideas, 4,000 start-ups and many of their successful stories.

The commitment to creativity and innovation are basic values in our society. Israel now stands at the forefront of innovation and technology worldwide with new inventions of applications for mobile phone, environmental technologies that revolutionized agriculture, medical inventions that save lives and make lives better, and alternative energies that provide more sustainable options for the future. These are the spirits of the people of Israel and the key factors that make Israel so unique. We are very proud of our achievements and we are committed to playing a major role in generating a better future, better life for the international community. This drive for success is one of the values that Israel shares with Hong Kong – a place where excellence is the name of the game. The relations between Israel and Hong Kong remain strong. We both consider each other an important partner in bilateral relations, trade, academic and cultural exchanges. The peoples of Israel and China have a long history of friendship, trust and understanding. The State of Israel established the first mission in Hong Kong 27 years ago, while the official relations between Israel and the People Republic of China began 21 years ago.

It is a good time to celebrate our bond and co-operation. We are thankful for the support of the people and government of Hong Kong. We will continue to enhance our relationship and exchange views and experience. We are certain that with this energy and determination we will be able to create together better opportunities and better lives. We look forward to generating a bright change and creating opportunities, hope and peace.

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Best Wishes to the State of Israel on its 65th Anniversary

Best Wishes to the State of Israel on its 65th Anniversary We are dedicated to promoting trade and development between Hong Kong SAR and Israel for mutual benefit. Our loyalties lie first and foremost with our members, acting as their voice in advising and sharing with Hong Kong officials, matters affecting businesses and the economy, providing members with business information and facilitating networking through a variety of chamber activities. If all countries work together, we could overcome all difficulties on the road ahead and the risk, in promoting lasting peace and common prosperity.

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. Please start saving your money for the trip to Israel. I promise you will have the best time of your life. I hope there will be as many of you to join me on this trip! CHAZAK CHAZAK V’NITCHAZEK!

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Greetings from the President of the State of Israel to the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora on the occasion of Israel’s 65th Independence Day Dear Friends, It is my privilege and great pleasure to invite you to join in the festivities marking Israel’s 65th Independence Day. It is a day of joy and celebration, and a time of immense pride for our country and its people, and for our brethren overseas, in the remarkable achievements accomplished in just over six decades, in partnership with you – our extended family. This is also a time to pay tribute to those who gave their lives to defend our nation, and to whom we shall be eternally grateful. As a nation and as individuals, we owe those who have fallen for the sake of freedom and peace to uphold those values, to defend them with all our might. It is our duty not only to remember, but to act. A real opportunity for peace exists. The recent elections, President Obama’s visit to Israel and the fast-paced changes which our region is undergoing all constitute a window of opportunity. It is up to each of us to seize that opportunity and transform it into a new reality for the benefit of future generations. It is up to you to open the window. This is no easy task. It calls for courage and perseverance, and for all our partners around the world to unite in a common front for change. My friends, our heritage teaches us that the tenets of justice and peace must be pursued in order to better the world around us – Tikkun Olam. Together we can build a brighter tomorrow, a meaningful legacy for the generations to come, in the Jewish spirit of partnership and mutual responsibility. Chag Atzmaut Sameach! Shimon Peres

Celebrating with the State of Israel its 65th anniversary!

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Independence Day message

Dear citizens of Israel, On the 65th Independence Day, we are proud of our state: a state that has gathered the Jewish exiles into the Land of Israel; a state that is at the forefront of global technology; a state with a strong army and a strong economy; an exemplary democracy for all its citizens; a state that is a home for every Jew. All of this was achieved thanks to you, thanks to each and every one of you. On Independence Day we look to the future with confidence. I believe in Israel’s strength, its spirit, its capabilities. I don’t belittle the challenges before us, but knowing all that we have done here, all that we have been through, all that we have built, I believe that we are ready for any challenge. Happy Independence Day. Benjamin Netanyahu

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Art and Culture

Sotheby’s tours Hong Kong as apart of its annual Judaica auction As part of its global promotion, Jennifer Roth, Senior Vice President & Head of Judaica Department at Sotheby’s New York visited Hong Kong in April to provide an insight on this years Sotheby’s Judaica auction which will be taking place at the end of the month.

Sotheby’s will offer exceptional and rare objects in ‘A Treasured Legacy: The Michael & Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection’ in a dedicated auction in New York. It will include approximately 400 lots that touch every aspect of Jewish life, and represent the dual worlds of observance and cultural heritage in both the home and the synagogue.

Roth was invited to speak at the Asia Society and the Jewish Historical Society of Hong Kong about the collection. She gave a presentation entitled: Merchant Princes of the East

Iraqi Torah case with Rimonim

and the West: Great Judaica Collectors at the Asia Society. A panoramic sweep of Jewish history can be seen through precious objects of Judaica dating from the Medieval world until the present day. Centuries of Jewish history can be viewed through the prism of these treasures including Iraqi Torah cas-

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es, documenting a rich heritage which travelled to the Far East along with the great Hong Kong Jewish families. The illustrated talk by Roth included an historical overview of the Jews of Asia, including Hong Kong and other parts of China.

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After an initial exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries from 25-31 January 2013, highlights from the Steinhardt Collection travelled to many other locations apart from Hong Kong including: Moscow, Jerusalem, Singapore, Brazil, and cities across the US and Europe, giving illustrated talks about the collection in advance of the sale. Some of the highlights include more than 70 charity boxes representing the fundamental belief in charity – Tzedakah. The Frankfurt Mishneh Torah (ca. 1457-65), with text by Moses Maimonides, is one of the finest Hebrew illuminated manuscripts ever created.

A mid-18th century illuminated Italian “Esther Scroll”, and the Iraqi Torah case complete with Rimonim. Also included in the collection are other exceptional and rare manuscripts, silver and decorative items, textiles and fine art that touch every aspect of Jewish life. Sotheby’s have indicated that this is perhaps of one the most significant collection of Judaica in half a century.

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Art and Culture

Flautist Noiberg plays in Taiwan

Opera Gallery Presents “Marc Chagall: A vision in my dream”

Renowned Israeli flautist, arranger and composer Hadar Noiberg visited Taiwan in April to perform with Taiwanese jazz musicians and also give a performance at a celebration for Israel’s 65th national day.

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Opera Gallery Hong Kong will present 35 original paintings on canvas and over 40 limited edition work of Marc Chagall in a special exhibition starting from 21 May through to 10 June. The exhibition is an associated project of Le French May and will open during Art Basel week, celebrating great art in the exciting and ever growing art scene of Hong Kong Marc Chagall, the Russian born French based artist is one of the most prolific and successful artists of the 20th century. He is considered to be a pioneer of modernism and a critical member of the Avant-garde, Chagall’s breadth of work spans virtually every artistic medium including paints, prints, stained glass, tapestries, illustrations, ceramics and stage sets.

The exhibition, titled ‘A vision in my dream’, will feature the artist’s most prominent works in total in the territory. “It is considered the first major Chagall exhibition to take place in Hong Kong since the Hong Kong University Museum and Arts Gallery Chagall show (also associated with Le French May festival) in 1994. The whole of the Marc Chagall collection will be on display for the first time in Hong Kong,” said Shirley Yablonsky, Director of Opera Gallery Hong Kong.

“I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment” stated Chagall and indeed he has left the world a considerable number of masterpieces and over 50 international commissions. Projects such as stained glass for the Cathedral of Metz and Reims, a mural painting at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York and the decoration of the Opera Garnier ceiling in Paris are just a few. Drawing his inspiration from reality, dreams and culture, Chagall flirted with Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism yet was a follower of no single movement. Separated by the unconventional world with his distinctive iconography, his hybrids and fantasy animals, his acrobats, musicians and lovers, sometimes lit by the moon, sometimes by the sun, turned him with no doubt into a timeless legend. Not even Picasso could understand Chagall’s mystical style “I don’t know where he gets those images... he must have an angel sitting in his head...” C

Marc Chagall died in 1985 at the age of 97. The last survivor of the first generation of European modernists, Chagall’s unconventional world is timeless. M




Aside to Chagall’s exhibition, Opera Gallery will join hands with Hongkong Land to present In the Public Eye exhibition in May, showcasing 11 world renowned sculptures from the likes of Auguste Rodin and Salvador Dali to contemporary sculptures by Robert Indiana and Marc Quinn. CY



This year the gallery inaugurated a new flagship space on 52 Wyndham Street spreading over four floors with more than 4,000 sqft. of exhibition space, resembling the look and feel of the French headquarters of the brand in Paris.

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Opera Gallery Hong Kong is part of Opera Gallery Group, comprised of 11 galleries located throughout the world.

On 12 April, Noiberg played with Taiwanese jazz musicians at the Red House in Taipei’s Ximending area, and on 15 April she performed at an event celebrating Israel’s Independence Day. In an effort to promote cultural exchanges, Noiberg was invited to host three workshops in Taipei.

Hadar Noiberg

Since arriving in New York City at age 21, she has established herself as a major force in the Cuban, Jazz and World music scenes.

Noiberg grew up in Israel, which has a diverse musical culHer new CD, Journey Back ture ranging from Middle EastHome, is also a journey of the ern and Eastern European to flute as a lead instrument. “The Yemenite and Moroccan music. She now infuses her own com- flute in Western improvised mupositions with those influences, sic has always been an instrucombiningFreddy jazzKempf music with Mid- ment that was either used by recital-adv-Jewish Times-02-OP.pdf 1 19/4/13 3:19 PM doublers or was not considered dle Eastern rhythms.

a serious main instrument. In the Eastern and Middle Eastern musical traditions the flute, the Middle Eastern ney or the Indian bansuri are primal and influential instruments that hold the deep soul of the music. I want to bring that depth and richness into my music, which is influenced by both West and East, and feature the flute as a strong leading instrument,” Noiberg explains.


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Art and Culture

Chinese film to be shot in Israel

This year marks the 52nd Israel Festival which will take place from 23 May through to 22 June. It is a three-week celebration of the performing arts featuring tens of different events in dance, theater, jazz, classical, Israeli and world music, with international and Israeli performers.

According to Israel’s Ynetnews, a well-known Chinese film production company is currently shooting scenes in Israel for a Chinese film called Old Cinderella, which is expected to be a blockbuster movie thanks to stars such as Zhang Jingchu, from Rush Hour 3 and director Lu Chuan.

The locations for the events include some of Jerusalem’s iconic landmarks, reflecting the vibrant diversity of Jerusalem’s cultural life. Many of the performances were developed in relationship to the special places where they will take place. The festival that began in 1961 with a series of classical concerts in Caesarea has become not just one of the most important events in Israel’s cultural calendar but also a festival of repute on the international stage.

Some highlights from this year’s offerings include Israeli pianist and songwriter Shlomi Shaban who will open the festival and launch his new album at Jerusalem’s newest entertainment complex, the just-opened, renovated First Railway Sta-





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Shlomi Shaban

tion, and hosting special guests Asaf Avidan, Berry Sakharof and Ninet Tayeb. For the festival’s closing concert, Kaveret, one of Israel’s most popular bands will perform at Sultan’s Pool. The festival will mark the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with a festive concert of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederick Shazlan. Other musical performances include Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet, and a musical project performed against the backdrop of the walls of the Old City by the State ChoirLatvia and Hortus Musicus, conducted by Andres Mastonen, entitled Holy City.



In dance, a performance adapted to suit the unique aspects of the Tower of David, Dressed to Dance will take place – a display of flamenco costumes from Madrid, several designed by Dali and Picasso, to the accompaniment of live music.

International theatre performances will include an English-language performance of Hideki Noda’s The Bee, cowritten by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan. Inspired by the events of 9/11, this play is about a Japanese man and his enraged reaction when his wife and son are taken hostage. For further details: www.israel-festival.

More than 15 minutes of the 95 minute movie are expected to feature scenes shot in Israel. During a visit in January, the production team chose Tel AvivJaffa, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea as their locations. Twentytwo members of the production team and cast arrived last month for filming, assisted by a local film production company. The Tourism Ministry is investing in the promotion of the film. Given the influence of the movie industry on the Chinese public, it is thought that the effect of a blockbuster movie shot in Israel will have more significant impact than other alternative marketing activities. Similar activities in other

destinations have generated significant increases in visitor demand to those countries. According to a survey in 2012, eight million Chinese selected their tourist destination according to those countries they had seen in movies. The Tourism Ministry offices in China are working in cooperation with the production company to promote tourism to Israel, including a competition whose first prize is a vacation in Israel. Other marketing activities include campaigns on Weibo, China’s most popular social website as well as hosting journalists from leading Chinese media in Israel. China is a significant source of world tourism, with an increase of 20% in outgoing tourism between 2010 and 2011. Some 20,000 tourists have visited Israel from China in the years 2011-2012. The Tourism Ministry has invested about US$500,000 in promoting tourism to Israel, including seminars, marketing agreements and assisting tour operators.

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Yom Hashoah


Remembering victims of the Holocaust

om Hashoah is a day to remember victims of the Holocaust. It takes place on the Hebrew calendar day of 27 Nisan. The official day was established in 1959. Also known as Holocaust Memorial Day, it is held eight days before Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day. In Israel, during Yom Hashoah, flags are flown at half mast and there is a State ceremony held at Yad Vashem the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Authority. At precisely 10am, air raid sirens are sounded for two minutes and all activity comes to a halt. Outside of Israel, Jewish communities mark the day with special ceremonies that include the lighting of memorial candles to remember the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

In Hong Kong, a ceremony was held on 8 April at the Jewish Community Centre. It was organised by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre and Tzofim of Hong Kong. The theme was Maintaining Humanity. The programme

Tzofim led the candle-lighting ceremony. Six candles were lit representing collectively the memory of the six million Jews that perished.

Joanna Millan

Six Candles

included prayers, testimonials readings and music. Over 200 community members attended.

1800 students about her life and liberation from the Camp. In addition she also met around 450 students at two different events in Macau. The students were highly moved by her story.

Special guest speaker for the ceremony in attendance was Joanna Millen, Teresienstadt Holocaust survivor. Millen told her story as a 3-year old in Teresienstadt, her move to the UK and eventual adoption by a Jewish couple who changed her name and told her to conceal her identity. It was only when she grew up that she began to trace her roots having arrived in the country with nothing but her name. While in Hong Kong, Millen also visited secondary schools, both local and international and spoke to well over

During the programme, the Yizkor prayer was recited by Rabbi Asher Oser, of Ohel Leah Synagogue. Rabbi Mordechai Avtzon,of Chabad Hong Kong, recited El Maleh Rahamin. Rabbi Stanton Zamek, from the United Jewish Congregation recited Tehilim and Elsa High School students alongside members of the Tzofim read texts and performed songs.

Rachel Friedmann, Principal of Carmel School, lit the first candle. Gil Gordon, a member of the Tzofim, lit the second candle. Jaroslav Katurek, the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Hong Kong, lit the third candle. Mrs. Liora Meigners-Uzan, daughter of Vitor Meigners and Rosa WisemanMeigners, lit the fourth candle. Amikam Levy, the Consual General of the State of Israel in Hong Kong, lit the fifth candle. Sylvain Gilbert, a member of the Hong Kong Jewish Community and the only Holocaust survivor living in Hong Kong, lit the sixth and final candle. The candles were dedicated to Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Raoul Wallenberg, Petr Ginz, Emanuel Ringelblum, Mordechai Anielewicz and Primo Levi. Here are their life histories:

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Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

Candle 1 in memory of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

Austrian-born artist and educator who was murdered by the Nazis in October, 1944. A textile-designer schooled in Vienna, Friedl was deported with her husband to the Terezin concentration camp in December, 1942. There, she made it her mission to teach and engage hundreds of children, organising secret education classes and promoting art as a form of therapy. Friedl believed strongly that drawing had the capacity to help children understand and make sense of their emotions, to build self-esteem, and to inspire them to find beauty in the world -- beauty splashed against the backdrop of their dark surroundings.

Raoul Wallenberg

Petr Ginz

Emanuel Ringelblum

Mordechai Anielewicz

Primo Levi

Candle 2 in memory of Raoul Wallenberg

Candle 3 in memory of Petr Ginz

Candle 4 in memory of Emanuel Ringelblum

Candle 5 in memory of Mordechai Anielewicz

Candle 6 in memory of Primo Levi

That Jews were not simply led to the gas chambers but battled, first to acquire munitions and then to use them in the struggle for their dignity. Anielewicz reflected: “The dream of my life has risen to become fact. Self-defense in the ghetto will have been a reality. Jewish armed resistance and revenge are facts. I have been a witness to the magnificent, heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle.”

Consider if this is a man Who works in the mud, Who does not know peace, Who fights for a scrap of bread, Who dies because of a yes or a no. Consider if this is a woman Without hair and without name, With no more strength to remember, Her eyes empty and her womb cold Like a frog in winter. Meditate that this came about: I commend these words to you. Carve them in your hearts At home, in the street, Going to bed, rising; Repeat them to your children.

Swedish diplomat and humanitarian who went to extraordinary lengths to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from certain death during the late stages of the war. While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest between July and December, 1944, Wallenberg issued protective passports as well as sheltered Jews in government-designated buildings. To avoid detection, he would often relocate from house to house in order to recenter his operations. Wallenberg disappeared after the war and his fate remains uncertain. But this year, on the centennial of his birth, Wallenberg is all but forgotten. His legacy of righteousness and virtue has been celebrated and discussed at commemorative events throughout the world.

Born 1928 in Prague, Ginz was labelled a “mixed Jew” by the Nazis and, in October, 1942, transported to the Terezin concentration camp. Petr was a remarkably talented author and artist. Between the ages of 8 and 14, he authored five novels, completing them with his own original illustrations. At Terezin, Petr boldly pursued his literary passion by founding and publishing a periodical magazine, Vedem, meaning “We Lead.” In 1944 Petr was deported to Auschwitz to be murdered. He was 16. His is one story of one child, of a million and a half children who were lost in the Shoah. A million and a half times one.

Polish-Jewish historian and activist who led the secret operation to document life in the Warsaw ghetto between 1939 and 1942. Code-named ‘Oneg Shabbat’ as Ringelblum and his colleagues tended to meet on Saturdays, the group included historians, writers, rabbis and social workers. Together they collected diaries, commissioned papers, and preserved posters and decrees that told the story and fate of the Jewish community in Warsaw.

These documents, purposely gathered from individuals whose perspectives differ from one another, are testament to the fact that despite the onslaught of disease and sickness, many Jews lived a rich spiritual life in Nazi-occupied Warsaw: they found ways to resist the disparity that characterized their surroundings and proclaim their individuality, their aspirations, their identity.

Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto fighters who, in the spring of 1943, mounted the single largest revolt by Jews during WWII. Anielewicz, an activist of HaShomer HaTzair in his youth, is a symbol of the legacy of armed resistance during the Holocaust. His spirit manifested itself not only in the ghettos, but in the extermination camps of Treblinka and Sobibor as well as the forests of Eastern Europe.

Survivor of Auschwitz, famed chemist and writer, who committed himself to the memory of his experiences and to the passing of memory’s torch. Levi, a Jewish member of the Italian anti-fascist resistance during the WWII, continued to fight for the values of liberty and justice until his suicide in 1987. He represents a generation of heroes who used their voice to commemorate the murdered. In the poem that introduces his book, If This Is a Man, Levi writes:


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Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Israel’s Independence Day


om Ha’Atzmaut –Israel Independence Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel on 5 Iyar. The day preceding this celebration, Yom Hazikaron is devoted to the memory of those who gave their lives for the achievement of the country’s independence and its continued existence. This proximity is intended to remind people of the heavy price paid for independence. On this day the entire nation remembers its debt and expresses eternal gratitude to its sons and daughters who gave their lives for the achievement of the country’s independence and its continued existence.

On 14 May, 1948, the day the British Mandate expired, the new Jewish state – the State of Israel – was formally established in parts of what was known as the British Mandate for Palestine. With the establishment of the State of Israel, a Jewish homeland was restored after 2,000 years.

Yom Hazikaron - Israels Fallen Soldiers Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, established 4 Iyar, t h e d a y p re c e d i n g Yo m Ha’Atzmaut, as Yom Hazikaron. This is the Memorial Day for soldiers who lost their lives in battle for the creation of the State of Israel and all those soldiers who died subsequently defending the country. Independence Day is a celebration of the renewal of the Jewish state in the land of Israel, the birthplace of the Jewish people.

Other than the official ceremonies held in the country, Israelis celebrate in a variety of ways in night time festivities. Many spend the night dancing and singing traditional Israeli songs. During the daytime thousands of families go out on hikes and picnics. Yo m H a ’ A t z m a u t a l s o concludes with the ceremony of granting the ‘Israel Prize’, which recognises individuals

for their unique contribution to the country’s culture, science, arts, and the humanities. Outside Israel, celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut has been a way to express solidarity with the country and to strengthen their alliance with it. Communities around the world make special festive parties, prepare Israeli food, and provide fun day activities for children and adults. In synagogues, a special prayer is recited during Maariv – Evening Prayer Service to commemorate the day which includes the blowing of the shofar at the end of the service.

As with Yom Hashoah, throughout the entire day beginning at sunset, places of entertainment, shops, restaurants are closed. Broadcasters play programmes about Israel’s wars and show programming that conveys the sombre mood of the day.

The commemoration also includes an air raid siren played twice during the day. All activity, including traffic, immediately ceases. People get out of their cars, even in the middle of otherwise busy highways, and stand in respect for the sacrifice of those who died defending the country.

The first siren marks the beginning of Memorial Day and the second is sounded immediately prior to the public recitation of prayers in military cemeteries. Numerous public ceremonies are held throughout Israel. There is a national ceremony at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl, where many of Israel’s leaders and soldiers are buried. Many schools and public buildings have memorial corners with memorials to those from their community who died in Israel’s wars. There is a special Remembrance Prayer and Memorial Prayer for members of the Israeli Defense Forces who died in the line of duty which are read at many of the ceremonies.

Outside of Israel, the day is observed with community events where special prayers and readings are recited. Candles are lit and ceremonies are held.

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e m p e r a t u re a n d humidity levels are not the only things rising in Hong Kong these days — so is the excitement for the opening of Camp Gan Izzy 2013! Gan Izzy is a nickname for Camp Gan Israel—the world’s largest network of Jewish camps. For nearly 20 years, Chabad of Hong Kong has been running the programme locally so that the children of Hong Kong can enjoy non-stop fun during the summer months. “Summer is an important time of the year when children can take a break from their routine schedules at school and enjoy a meaningful experience in a stress free and fun environment,” says Goldie Avtzon, Director of Gan Izzy in Hong Kong. “Our programme is de-

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Education Planning

Effective Parenting for school achievement or how do I help my kids? Part 2 Supplied by

Danny Harrington M.A. (Oxon) Founder and Director ITS Education Asia

In March I wrote an overview of the evidence that parental involvement is crucial in achieving successful outcomes for our children’s education – no matter of what that education consists nor how you measure success. This is neutral of gender, race, and socio-economic background. The key variable is in modifying the interventions and support as a child gets older, particularly in the adolescent stage and especially recognizing that adolescent desire for more autonomy does not equate to parental disengagement. The area where parents have the most direct opportunity to support their children is in supporting homework but it is also the most confusing and worry-

ing intervention for most of us. Unless you are a trained teacher, supporting homework is fraught with questions about whether you are doing it right and not counter-acting the learning process, and even if you are a teacher you will not have the experience across the complete age-range. Indeed, teachers may sometimes disadvantage their own children by assuming they know what they are doing when actually they are out of their area of expertise. Homework allows for the creation of a framework which brings together students, parents, teachers, other care givers and learning support mechanisms (such as out of school tutors and online resources). Homework is necessarily set by teachers and they should take the lead in helping to integrate other support givers into the motivational and learning process. As a parent, if you do

not understand what is being demanded of homework or how you can support it, you must arrange to meet with the relevant teacher. This channel of communication is perhaps the single most important behaviour from which all others flow. Ask teachers to provide written overviews so you can review later on at home. The degree of structuring and intervention a child has depends on the age and character of the child. Parents have an excellent opportunity to feed information back to teachers on how organized or not their child is for example. Levels of intervention can be very light touch – providing a quiet environment and a recognized homework time; more direct – helping students to organize the order in which they will complete tasks for example; or very direct such as out of school

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tutorials. Parents can also be involved in the monitoring of performance by asking questions of their children about homework tasks. Praise for positive performances and specific suggestions to address poor performance are also extremely effective in the feedback process. As with any parental involvement with child behavior, the precise nature of these will be determined by the family in question. For parents with the time and inclination to have a maximum impact on their child’s learning, a number of programmes have been developed which help give parents the skills to engage in the teaching/learning process more directly by allowing them to evaluate their children as learners and then implement appropriate teaching methods. I can only write very briefly here and just touch on what are

very deep issues which vary for every family and child. I have drawn heavily on the Harvard Family Research Project (www. and thoroughly recommend all parents go there – the huge range of research means there is something for everyone. Much of this article relied on the work of J M T Walker et al at: Please go and read more! ITS Education Asia provides regular news, views and updates at Itseducationasia. Go and Like us to stay involved. We are also happy to field queries, either in person in Hong Kong or across our virtual classroom. For more information email: Find us at:

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Business Scalability

Consistency is the key for franchise success Supplied by

Bob Scheidecker, Head of Operations Tranic Development

“Consistency of execution is paramount”. In any restaurant, anywhere in the world, to remain successful the experience is not just a good one but needs to be memorable. Every operator tries to provide the “ahaa” moment. The problem is providing a consistent great experience when you have a large number of restaurants under the same brand. In 2009 Granite City had 26 restaurants all of them microbreweries. This company listed on NASDAQ was struggling financially. A bid by an external management group to take them over succeeded and I was asked to head up operations. Drawing on my experience from McDonalds and Starbucks, I headed an analysis of Granite

City and came to the conclusion that this group was simply not scalable. There were too many moving parts and the only person that was saving the company was the head of procurement. He knew how to get product at a good price. Unfortunately, saving on cost meant scaling back on menu items which, obviously, had a long-term detrimental effect. We had to find a solution: Being a successful head of operations of multiple outlet Brands is more about how you utilise your most valuable asset – human resources, than the systems you employ. Clearly we needed to make sure we had the right people in the right place. But in order to do this we also needed to get a viewpoint from our customers. We set about conducting numerous focus group studies to

find out what the market thought of us. Some of the results were surprising. We found out that our customers did not want too long menu, these large offerings frustrated them. We established that more food pictures helped them make up their minds. Once we had understood where the problems were we involved the staff of all the restaurants in committees to help find solutions and implement these. This gave a feeling of empowerment to the staff as groups – servers, busboys, chefs and cooks all participated with the managers. This quickly resulted in our ultimate goals – “quality, service and cleanliness”. Value, of course, is still important but inevitably that is not what the restaurant would be judged on. The committees recommended menu specials. Recently shrimp was available on the market at a very low price. We took advantage of this and passed the sav-

ings to the customers. Technology is an enabler and makes jobs easier, and we used the latest available. It was the teams that we built that made the project a success. Operating multiple restaurants under the same name in different parts of the world – and in the US operating in different states is almost as operating different countries – and maintaining standards so that customers had the same experience into any one of the restaurants is not an easy matter. Core menus are important but it is equally important to provide regional dishes. Granite City now operates in 13 states and has 26 successful restaurants. These restaurants are located on sites of 10,000 square ft and seat over 400 people. They are opening between two and four restaurants a year. In the fourth quarter of 2012

total restaurant sales increased by 33.3% to US$30.9 million from US$23.2 million for the same quarter in 2011. The company has certainly turned around. Much of the success has to be attributed to our customers that have voted with their pocketbooks. We pay heed to their comments and seek them through our loyalty programmes. Bio of Bob Scheidecker Bob Scheidecker will be heading up the Mugg & Bean restaurants in Asia when they open up later on this year. Bob Scheidecker brings over 25 years of global operations expertise and global retail experience to Tranic. He has spent most of his career with McDonald’s Corporation where he was responsible for many key operations initiatives and strategies which included opening in 25 new countries, developing, designing and deploying new and improved operational platforms, and managing the strategic plan for cobranding with WalMart. His background also includes working as Department Director of Operations for Starbucks.

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Receiving the Torah – whenever we wish While the Giving of the Torah is the one-time flashpoint in history, the receiving of the Torah is an exceedingly lengthy process. This is not a mere witticism, but rather a thread that runs throughout the Holy Scriptures. All of Scripture is none other than a detailed account of the difficulties, the ups and the downs, on the way to receiving the Torah, on the one hand, and an account of the deviations and straying from the receiving of the Torah, after the incident of the golden calf, on the other.

he Kotzker Rebbe defined this duality of giving and receiving as follows: The festival of Shavuot is called “the Season of the Giving of our Torah” because on that day the Torah was given to Israel. But as for the receiving of the Torah – each individual receives it according to his way, when he is ready to receive it. The Giving of the Torah as an act of forming a connection between the Creator and His creatures is a one-time event – not only because it happened only once, but also because the disclosure that man is indeed capable of receiving things from the Infinite requires no further proof. When the event is recalled, this suffices for it to remain meaningful.

Hence, there is a mitzvah to remember the day of the Giving of the Torah, to remember the event itself: “But take heed and watch yourself carefully, so that you do not forget the things that your eyes saw . . . the day you stood before God your

Lord at Horeb.” – Ibid. 4:9-10. The memory of the event is its main content. An analogy may be drawn from Norbert Wiener’s – Norbert

Wiener is regarded as the originator of cybernetics. quip about the secret

of the atom bomb: The greatest secret about this bomb was revealed to the entire world on the day of the explosion – namely: that it is possible. Similarly, the great secret and revelation in the Giving of the Torah lie in the very fact that

the Holy One, blessed be He, is interested in giving the Torah, that He is interested in human beings and in the human individual to such an extent that it is His will to give him guidance regarding how he can attain closeness to Him. For this reason the Giving of the Torah is essentially a one-time act, unique in human history. The event itself is the revelation of the content of the Giving of the Torah, and is sufficient in and of itself.

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The Sages interpret the statement in Megillat Esther, “The Jews confirmed and accepted,” – Esther 9:27. as follows: In the time of religious persecution the Jews confirmed what they had already accepted upon themselves at the revelation at Sinai. – Tractate Shabbat 88a. The implication is that only in the time of the Second Temple could it be said for the first time that the Jewish people as a whole had accepted the Torah as an obligatory way of life. More than a thousand years elapsed, then, between the giving of the Torah and the receiv-

ing of the Torah. This lengthy period attests that, unlike the Giving of the Torah, the receiving of the Torah was not a one-time event. The receiving of the Torah was a long process of many stages, and many years and hardships were required in order to actualize it.

Even to this day, receiving the Torah remains an “open question.” It is not simply a matter of the spiritual and intellectual capacities of one generation or another. As long as human beings possess free will, the problem of accepting the Torah will be posed anew in every generation. This decision, even in the original sense of “We will do and we will hear,” and certainly as regards the acceptance of the practical details, remains the provenance of each and every individual. The receiving of the Torah, though it is an event of basic and fundamental importance, continues to take place, in a never-ending process. Supplied by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (excerpt from his book: Change and Renewal: The Essence of the Jewish Holidays, Festivals and Days of Remembrance, published by Koren Publishers, Maggid Books, Jerusalem)

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May Parashas 4 May 2013 / 24 Iyar 5773: BEHAR / BECHUKOTAI SHABBAT MEVARECHIM

Parasha Behar begins with the Laws of Shemitah and Yovel. The land lay fallow every 7th year, and after the 49th year, (7x7) it lay fallow a 2nd year for the 50th year – the Jubilee Year as well. G-d promises that He will provide for the nation, regardless of the land being fallow. No one will go hungry. Parasha Bechukotai describes the wondrous successes awaiting the nation, so long as they follow G-d’s mitzvots and commandments. We also read the Tochacha – the Rebuke. It is a lengthy description of the terrible punishments awaiting the nation, if they do not follow the torah. It is customary for the Baal Koreh (the one reading the Torah) and to read it faster and more quietly than the rest of the Parasha. The established prices for endowments of an individual’s worth, or that of an animal, are listed. The final portions deals with endowments of property to the Bet Hamikdash.

11 May 2013 / 2 Sivan 5773: BAMIDBAR

A census of the Israelites in undertaken in the wilderness, by way of the counting of the half Shekel. Each Israelite was counted according to the tribe to whom he belonged, which was determined through his father. This is one of the sources of the teaching that we should follow the traditions of our fathers, whereas our religious identity is determined through our mother. Each tribal leader had to vouch for their members. The Levites were counted separately. The formation of the Israelite camp and how they travelled in the wilderness is described. The Tabernacle was at the centre and surrounded on each of the four HOLIDAYS/ FASTS/ ROSH CHODESH Yom Yerushalayim: 8 May 2013 (28 Iyar 5773) Rosh Chodesh: 10 May 2013 (1 Sivan 5773)

Shavuot: 15 May 2013 (6 Sivan 5773) 16 May 2013 (7 Sivan 5773)

corners by three of the twelve tribes, each with their own banner and insignia. The Levites are appointed to carry the different parts of the tabernacle and to assist the Kohanim.

18 May 2013 / 9 Sivan 5773: NASO

Each of the Levite families was given specific tasks in the carrying of the Mishkan through the wilderness, and also their involvement with the Temple services. They were to serve from the age of 30 till the age of 50. Only those who had been purified could enter the Temple. In addition to confessing a sin, restitution needs to be to the one who has been wronged. The ritual of the Sotah – the wayward wife is explained. The Laws of the Nazir are explained – he or she is forbidden to eat or drink grapes or grape products, having any contact with the dead, or cutting his or her hair.

25 May 2013 / 16 Sivan 5773: BEHA’ALOTCHA

The parsha includes the commandment of lighting the Menorah in the Mishkan by the Kohen Gadol. The Levites are consecrated – each were lifted as an offering by Aaron. The institution of Pesach Sheni, the second Pesach to be observed on 14th Iyar by those who were contaminated or far away when Pesach should have been observed in Nisan. The description of how the Tabernacle should be set up and taken down during the journeying of the Israelites. Moses is commanded to make for himself two silver trumpets with which to call the Israelites to start and stop on their journey. They were also a call to arms, and also to announce the Festivals. Moses invites Yitro, here called Hobab, to accompany them on their journey to the Promised Land. The people complain about the Manna. The establishment of the Sanhedrin. Miriam challenges Moses. Continuing the theme of providing and dependency, we are commanded to provide for our impoverished brethren. Just as G-d provides for us, we must provide for each other. The freeing of all Jewish slaves is detailed and redeeming a Jewish slave from a non-Jewish owner, and the formula for how much to pay.

Candle Lighting Times for May Countries Bangkok Beijing Guangzhou Hong Kong Katmandu Kobe Manila Mumbai Perth Shanghai Singapore Seoul Taipei Tokyo

03 May

10 May

17 May

24 May

31 May

6:16 6:52 6:37 6:32 6:20 6:26 5:55 6:43 5:20 6:16 6:48 7:05 6:06 6:10

6:18 6:58 6:40 6:35 6:24 6:32 5:57 6:46 5:14 6:21 6:48 7:11 6:10 6:16

6:19 7:05 6:43 6:39 6:28 6:37 5:59 6:48 5:09 6:25 6:48 7:17 6:14 6:22

6:22 7:11 6:47 6:42 6:32 6:43 6:01 6:51 5:05 6:30 6:49 7:23 6:17 6:27

6:24 7:17 6:50 6:45 6:36 6:47 6:03 6:54 5:03 6:34 6:50 7:28 6:21 6:32

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

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Chabad of Kowloon: 11 Hart Avenue, 2/F, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Tel: (852) 2366 5770 Email:

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: 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



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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