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Grandson of Philippine President Quezon meets Max Weissler who designed the monument.

By staff writers

This life-saving journey was made possible through the heroic actions of the President of the Philippines at the time, Manuel L Quezon. President Quezon firmly believed in the vision of doing what is right, much akin to the heroic vision of Oskar Schindler. President Quezon declared an ‘Open Doors’ policy which facilitated the issue of 10,000 visas for Jewish refugees who were escaping the terror of the Holocaust during WWII. Tragically, only 1,300 Jews were able to reach the Philippines and accept the generosity of President Quezon and the Filipino people and start a new life in the Philippines. As the war unfolded it became increasingly difficult for Jews to leave Europe and find a safe haven.

Manuel Q. Avanceña (right) holds the hand of Max Weissler during their memorable meeting at the Philippine Embassy.

President Quezon, and Max Weissler, now aged 76, who still lives in the Philippines and who is one of the few surviving Jewish refugees there. This memorable and touching meeting was hosted by the Philippine Ambassador in Israel, Generoso Calonge. Ambassador Calonge was delighted to be a part of this, noting how Mr Weissler is always keen to recount his journey to the Philippines and the story of his family as they settled into life in Manila. The Ambassador said, “He is a living testament to the heroic deed of President Manuel

Philippine Embassy In Israel

On 2 October 2012, the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv facilitated the first ever meeting between Manuel Quezon Avanceña, a grandson of

Philippine Embassy In Israel

Over half a century ago, more than 1000 European Jews arrived on Philippine soil to seek refuge and a new life, far away from the tyranny of Nazi oppression in Europe. Among these refugees were a young Max Weissler and his family.

(L-R) Ambassador Generoso Calonge, Max Weissler, Esther Weissler and Manuel Q. Avanceña

Quezon who did what other nations could not or did not do during the difficult ordeal of the Jews in Europe.”

At the meeting Mr Weissler recounted many of his adventures and fond memories of life in the Philippines and even showed off some of the Tagalog words and phrases that he could still remember, to the delight of President Quezon’s grandson.

Mr Weissler ’s lifelong gratitude to President Quezon is epitomised in his own personal efforts to ensure that President’s Quezon’s actions and kindness to the Jews will never be forgotten. He was one of the driving forces that paved the way for the erection of the Open Doors Monument in Rishon Lezion in 2009 which symbolises Israel’s recognition of the Philippines’ welcoming act over 60 years ago. Earlier this year in June. the Municipality of Rishon Lezion organised a memorable programme at the Open Doors Monument, attended by Ambassador Calonge, Max Weissler and Luis Yee, the visual artist

The story of Max Weissler and the political history surrounding it would probably have been forgotten if it wasn’t for the hard work and documentation of Frank Ephraim in his book, Escape to Manila. In August this year, the Philippine Embassy in Israel hosted a special screening of a trailer of the documentary film Rescue in the Philippines which narrates the historical facts of the European Jews and how they found their way to the Philippines. The complete film is due to be aired on Israeli television in 2013.

In this issue Regional News

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu engages with Chinese Ambassador 3-6

International News 2012 Nobel Prizes awarded


Business News

Better Place names Evan Thornley as new chief executive officer 8-12


Jewish artists to impact at the 4th HK International Chamber Music Festival 2013


Art and Culture

Eliyahu Inbal celebrates 4 years with the TMSO 14-16


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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu engages with Chinese Ambassador Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Gao Yanping, Chinese Ambassador to Israel, on the occasion of China’s National Day, which is celebrated on 1 October. They discussed the recent progress in relations between the two nations with the Prime Minister stating, “the relationship with China is in the national interest of the State of Israel.” This year, Israel and China commemorated 20 years of diplomatic relations. Israel assigns great importance to the promotion of its ties with China, the number two economic power in the world, a member of the UN Security Council and

revolution and also during WW II when Shanghai provided a sanctuary for 30,000 European Jews. Israel’s Ministry Of Foreign Affairs views China as a high state of priority and in recent years has allocated both human and monetary resources to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Ambassador Gao Yanping with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

a major player in Asia and in the international arena. Israel greatly admires the economic, scientific and technological development that characterises the growth of China in the last

few decades. Jewish people today fully appreciate the safe haven that China provided for thousands of Jews at the end of the 19th century, throughout the Russian

Desecration of Jewish headstones in New Zealand Jewish graves have been desecrated with Nazi emblems at the Grafton Cemetery in Aukland, New Zealand. Three men aged from 19-23 have been arrested and charged for what the Israeli Embassy in Wellington condemned as a “vile desecration.” More than 20 graves, all more than 125 years old and some dating back to the 1880s, were vandalised. Fourteen were spray-painted with large black swastikas, many had the numbers “88” – code for “Heil Hitler” sprayed on them and two had further anti-semitic obscenities. Interfaith leaders joined the chorus of condemnation, with Catholic Bishop of Auckland Pat Dunn branding it as “despicable.” “I extend my solidarity and sympathy to my sisters and brothers of the Jewish community,” he said.

Maori columnist Dion Tuuta called it “an abhorrent and cowardly” attack. “A cemetery is a wahi tapu (sacred place),” he wrote. “The idea of someone desecrating the burial site of someone else’s ancestors or loved ones is repugnant.”

The “vile desecration” of Jewish headstones in a historic Auckland cemetery has drawn outrage from the Israeli embassy and community groups.

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A Council worker inspecting the damaged graves

Israel’s embassy in Wellington said in a statement, “Sixty seven years after the liberation of the Jewish people from the death camps and ghettoes of Europe, expressions of blind hatred for Jews and for the sole Jewish state resurface. This is clearly the action of a handful of vandals, motivated by hatred and ignorance, who certainly do not represent the opinion of New Zealanders. The attack came as official’s planned tighter security at the cemetery where headstones were pushed over regularly. New Zealand Jewish Council President Stephen Goodman said there were moves to install a security fence around the cemetery, which has long been popular with vagrants. Goodman said it was incredibly disappointing that

such an attack could occur in New Zealand. “Normally these sort of attacks come after some international incident that provokes it, but I can think of nothing.” Samuel Altschul, senior Rabbi from the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, said the incident was “very alarming.” “It’s cowardly to attack the dead. It’s a very un-Kiwi thing to do and it’s most saddening. Unfortunately it happens quite frequently. Those are the people who helped found Auckland. Those were founding fathers.” Auckland Council civic contractor John Stevenson said the graffiti could be removed relatively easily from the newer marble headstones, but a specialist stonemason was required to remove it from the older “more sensitive” headstones.

Tw o y e a r s a g o , I s r a e l opened a consulate in the city of Guangzhou in Southern China in addition to the existing consulates in Shanghai and Hong Kong and the embassy in Beijing.

Israel’s population nears 8 million mark On the eve of Rosh Hashannah, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) revealed that Israelis are living longer, getting married later and have an average of three children. The population of Israel is now approximately 7,933,200, of which 5,978,600 are Jewish. The growth rate of the population in 2011 was 1.8%, similar to the previous 8 years. The share of Israelis aged 75 and over continues to grow moderately: 4.8% in 2011 compared with 2.8% twenty years ago.

CBS data also shows that there is an ever increasing high percentage of people in the 25-29 age group who have never married. In 2010, approximately 64.5% of men and 46.1% of women in this age category were never married compared with approximately 54.0% of men and 38.1% of women in 2000.

In 2011, the percentage of Israeli-born Jews (Sabras) reached 73%, compared with 35% at the time of the establishment of the State. Immigration saw a rise of 1.5% in 2011 with the greatest number coming from Russia, followed by Ethiopia, USA, Ukraine and France.


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Regional News

Music conductor Zubin Mehta receives the Presidential Medal

Shai Skiff

The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres bestowed the Presidential Medal of Distinction upon Indianborn conductor Zubin Mehta, on 17 October. This medal is awarded to individuals or organisations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to Israeli society and Israel’s image around the world.

The medal was awarded to Mehta the first non-Jew, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to culture in Israel. Mehta is a world renowned conductor and Musical Director for the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

Zubin Mehta receiving the medal from Shimon Peres

shared a warm hug.

The ceremony was attended by the American Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of India, Ms Vani Rao, the heads of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the members of the advisory council for the Presidential Medal, including Yitzhak Navon, the fifth President of Israel.

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“You came here to conduct an orchestra but you became the conductor of our hearts. I can’t think of anybody else who has offered such a unique contribution to our country, to our people and to our mood. You made our people feel at ease, feel together through the language of music. You and the orchestra carried a flag of friendship across the world and represented our country in an unbelievable manner. Music conducted by you became a 11/07/2012 10:49 AM

message for peace, a message of hope,” President Peres said.

Upon accepting the award, Mr Mehta said, “To be given a hug by President Peres is already my award. There is no greater friend of India in Israel than Shimon Peres.”

Mehta also paid tribute to the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and to all the musicians he has conducted during his career in Israel and Los Angeles. “I wish for this country only peace and harmony and a vision of living together,” he added.

The new Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Indian Army Major General Iqbal Singh Singha, paid a visit to the Philipppine Ambassador Generoso Calonge. The Indian Army General took over from Filipino Major General Natalio C Ecarma III after a tour of duty in the Golan Heights. The pair discussed current developments in the region and the unique role and mandate of UNDOF in the Golan Heights.

Major General Singha, boasts 34 years of military service and brings with him his expertise at all levels and in all types of terrain. He has risen in rank as an infantry officer and is leading a multinational force of 1036 troops coming from the Philippines, Austria, Canada, Croatia, India and Japan. Ambassador Calonge expressed his best wishes to General Singha as he embarks

Major General Iqbal Singh Singha

on his tour of duty. He said that the Philippine Embassy will continue to fully co-operate with UNDOF. As a major troop contributor in the Golan Heights, the Philippines is proud to wholeheartedly support a worthy United Nations endeavour. UNDOF has been at the forefront in protecting and maintaining the mutuallyagreed separation of forces in the Golan Heights since 1974.

It has also been one of the key players in diffusing tensions in the area, especially during the advent of the 2011 Arab Spring, which continues to affect Middle Eastern countries.

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Regional News

Christian celebration during the Feast of Tabernacles

Participants on the March

The mood in the air was full of love on 4 October when approximately 6000 Christian friends of Israel marched through the streets of Jerusalem waving flags and signs to show solidarity with Israel. It was a happy day for them and the vast spectrum of Israeli bystanders from ultra-orthodox to secular, of all ages. The Christian visitors came from over 100 countries across the world and were welcomed by Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov who recognised that the main purpose of their visit was to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles which is the Christian celebration of the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

The marchers sang the national anthem of Israel, Hatikva, and interacted with the Israeli bystanders in an extremely positive and friendly way, many

giving out flags of their home countries to the Israeli children. The march has taken place every year since 1980 and is one of many activities surrounding the Feast of Tabernacles, organised by the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem. This group works to express and strengthen Christian support for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. The Feast of Tabernacles and all the events surrounding it, which include visits to Christian holy sites in Israel, lectures, workshops and worship, is considered to be the largest single tourist event in Israel. Last year, over 25% of all incoming tourists to Israel came specifically for this pilgrimage and 42% of those visitors were Christians.

Vietnam wants to encourage more Israeli investment Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh says the country wants Israeli businesses to increase their investment in Vietnam to fully tap into their potential. In a meeting with newlyaccredited Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam, Meirav Eiloon in Hanoi on 24 September, Vinh noted that bilateral investment cooperation remains modest and both sides need to encourage their business communities to increase contacts and exchanges to facilitate investment. Vietnam wants Israeli businesses to invest in high-tech agriculture, information technology, telecommunications, construction, industrial manufacturing and services, all of

which Minister Vinh notes are Israel’s strengths.

Israel has invested in 14 projects in Vietnam with a total capitalisation of more than US$30 million, ranking 56th among foreign investors in Vietnam. Two-way trade has increased considerably in recent times, reaching US$253 million in the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 52%. Of the total trade value, US$176.7 million was generated from Vietnamese exports, mostly seafood, garments, and footwear. Ambassador Eiloon said she will try her best during her working term in Hanoi to promote economic, trade and investment co-operation between the two countries.

Ambassador Eiloon with Bui Quang Vinh

IFCJ launches Asian affiliate in South Korea The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) celebrated the establishment of Asian operations and a new affiliate in South Korea at an event in Seoul on 13 September. This event also commemorated 50 years of diplomatic relations between South Korea and the State of Israel. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of the IFCJ tells how this moment has been 10 years in the making and to launch during the golden jubilee year of Korean-Israel friendship and at the time of the Jewish New Year was extremely momentous.

The Korean affiliate joins operations in the US (Chicago), Israel (Jerusalem), Canada (Toronto), and soon in Australia. The organisation began in 1983 as an effort to promote better understanding

and co-operation between Christians and Jews. Today it is one of the largest organisations in the world supporting Israel and helping its people and buildingbridges between Christians and Israel. Its supporters in North America provide humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, offering prayers and assisting with security for the Jewish people.

Each year, 40,000 South Koreans visit Israel, so it is without doubt that the fellowship will widen the already significant bridge of friendship between Korean Christians and Israel. The jubilee observance included a symposium and dinner at Konkuk University sponsored by the IFCJ and the Israel Cultural Center of South Korea.

Rabbi Eckstein presented

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

the keynote address and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provided greetings by video. Musicians from the Israel Defense Forces performed at the event, including a performance of the South Korean National Anthem. Contemporary Christian music artist Boo Young Ham sang the Israeli national anthem. The event was attended by approximately 1,000 guests.



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Regional News

Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay visits Israel Jejomar C Binay, VicePresident of the Philippines, conducted an official visit to Israel from 23-28 October. Before embarking on the visit, the Vice President said in a statement, “I hope to learn more on how we could benefit from Israel’s technological advances in agriculture and food production and how we could attract technology transfer and further investments from Israel to the Philippines.” During the visit, the ViceP r e s i d e n t v i s i t e d t h e Ya d Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem to pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust and

nied the delegation. Vice President Binay and Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman met to discuss regional developments and the enhancement of ties in various aspects. Their exchange of views was followed by a dinner hosted by

Vice President Binay with Shimon Peres

lay a wreath. After this, he met with Israeli business groups and industry leaders in an effort to promote the Philippines as an investment hub.

At Rishion LeZion, he visited the Open Doors Monument which signifies the ‘Open Doors’ policy of absorbing Jews into the Philippines, initiated by President Manuel

Quezon during the Holocaust.

A highlight of the official visit was a courtesy call between Vice President Binay and the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres. This represented another milestone in Israel-Philippines bilateral ties. They were joined by officials from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. Generoso Calonge, Philippine Ambassador to Israel, and Menashe Bar-On, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, also accompa-



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The Philippines and Israel established diplomatic relations in 1957, followed by an exchange of embassies in 1962. The Philippines was also the only Asian country to vote for the Partition Plan, which established the State of Israel.

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The Vice-President also visited Tel Aviv, Haifa and Rishion LeZion, all of which have historical ties with the Philippines. Haifa is currently sister-city with Manila.

Vice President Binay visiting Yad Vashem

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Israeli companies are invited to apply for funding for joint Research and Development (R&D) projects with Chinese partners from Jiangsu province in all technological fields. This call is jointly administered by MATIMOP on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour in Israel (MOITAL), and the Jiangsu Science and Technology Department on behalf of the government of the Jiangsu Chinese province. MATIMOP, the executive agency of the OCS and

MOITAL is the official National Agency for industrial R&D cooperation in Israel, charged with promoting highly supportive policies to build Israel’s industrial infrastructure, and nurturing industrial innovation and entrepreneurship. It is the government agency that generates and implements international cooperative industrial R&D programmes between Israeli and foreign enterprises. Joint Jiangsu-Israeli R&D projects can be presented in any area of mutual interest.

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International News

2012 Nobel Prizes awarded

Israeli lawyer elected to UN Human Rights Committee

Serge Haroche, a French-Jewish physicist has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with American David Wineland. The men were awarded the prize for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems. 68 year old Haroche describes how at first, he did not understand what he was being told when he received the call from a member of the Nobel Prize committee in Sweden informing him that he had won what is considered to be the highest form of recognition of

​Professor Yuval Shany, Israeli lawyer of international renown was elected to serve on the UN’s Human Rights Committee. The announcement was officially made in September and marks the end of a year-long diplomatic campaign carried out by Israel’s UN Mission.

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scientific excellence. He was taking a walk with his wife at the time and had to sit down before sharing the news with his family. Haroche and Wineland will share a US$1.2 million grant from the Nobel Prize committee.

morial Prize in Economic Sciences for their match-making market theories. Alvin Roth is a frequent visitor to Israel and both men have strong ties to Israeli Universities. Although not Jewish himself, Shapley, 89, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University in 1986 and has worked with former Israeli Nobel Prize laureate Robert Auman.

Robert J Lefkowitz, a NewYork City Jew, whose family originate from Poland, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, together with Brian Kobilka for their studies of Gprotein-coupled receptors.

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For Economics, 60 year old Jewish-American Alvin Roth and colleague Lloyd Shapley were awarded the Nobel Me-

Since 1969, the Nobel Prize has been awarded 800 times and at least 20% of the recipients have been Jewish. This is an amazing statistic considering that Jewish people comprise 0.2% of the world’s population.

Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Ron Prosor, commented, “This is further proof that Israel can achieve impressive results at the UN, even in the face of difficult conditions. Ever since I started in this position, we have set a goal of bringing Israel’s knowledge and expertise to the UN and incorporating Israelis into key positions. Today we celebrate another achievement in that regard.” ​Professor Shany, 43, is the Dean of the Law Faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he also holds the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law. He also serves as a board member in the International Law Forum at the Hebrew Uni-

​Professor Yuval Shany versity, a director in the Project on International Courts and Tribunals, and a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Shany received his LL.B. in Law, Cum Laude, from the Hebrew Univeristy (1995), an L.L.M. in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law (1997), and a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of London (2001). Shany, becomes only the second Israeli jurist in history to have been appointed to the prestigious committee. The first was Professor Dan Kretzmer in 1995.

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Better Place names Evan Thornley as new chief executive officer Electric battery car component innovator Better Place, has announced the promotion of Evan Thornley, CEO of Better Place Australia, to Chief Executive Officer of the global company. Better Place Founder Shai Agassi has stepped down but will continue as a board member and shareholder in the company he founded. Over the past five years, Agassi has pioneered an innovative technology solution aimed at making electric cars more affordable and more convenient than gasoline cars. What started as an idea of “running a country without oil” quickly evolved from vision to reality in the company’s first two markets, Israel and Denmark. Today the deployment of the charging and switching networks for electric cars in Israel and Denmark, coupled with a rapidly growing global customer base, have made Agassi’s vision a reality.

“Under Shai’s leadership, we’ve successfully achieved our goals in the first chapter of

fortunate to have such a strong leadership team within Better Place,” Ofer continued.

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Better Place, and we owe Shai our gratitude for turning his powerful vision into a reality,” said Idan Ofer, Chairman of the Better Place Board of Directors. “It is almost five years to the day since Shai launched Better Place and a natural point in the company’s evolution to realign for its second chapter and for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Our board has long prepared to ensure that Better Place has a strong bench of talented executives in place to support the CEO and a clear succession plan to ensure a smooth leadership transition and we are

“Four years ago, Shai asked me to join the Better Place mission and bring it to Australia. It has been my pleasure to lead that effort along with my colleague CEOs in Israel, Denmark and now the Netherlands. Today, it is an honour for me to step up and lead this fantastic global team on a day-to-day basis,” said Evan Thornley, CEO of Better Place. Better Place is a leading global provider of electric car networks that enables the mass market adoption of electric cars through an innovative battery switch model. It owns and operates a network of battery switch stations and where possible, the company uses renewable sources of energy to deliver fully zero emissions driving. The World Economic Forum has named Better Place a “Global Growth Company Industry Shaper” for its innovative approach in advancing the global switch to electric cars.

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Ambur’s POSS to be translated into Chinese and Hebrew A team of former restaurant owners and workers with years of experience in the industry, had an innovative idea to create an easy to use Point Of Sale System (POSS) for the hospitality industry. After two years of development and live testing, Ambur was officially released in the App Store in April 2011, providing restaurant owners with the most advanced iPad POSS at an affordable price. The company has recently announced Hebrew and Chinese translations of Ambur. Exclusive partnerships with technology companies in Taiwan and Israel, allow Refulgent Software to not only provide customers with a powerful point of sale system but also personalised support. Developing partnerships in several other countries will soon open up new markets. “We are pleased to see the growth take off not only in the US but all over the world,” said Ansar Khan, co-founder of

Ambur. “We have always had a great product and we are constantly working on improving the product.” Ansar Khan and James O’Leary first launched Ambur POSS in 2011 and since then it has made its way into most US states and into 16 different countries across the globe. Ambur is now used in restaurants, coffee shops, bars and food trucks and runs on iPad, iPod or iPhone and works with receipt printers and cash drawers to offer a powerful point of sale solution.

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Business News

Accessing the inaccessible from Lenoire With an abundance of fine jeweller’s, consumers in Hong Kong are spoilt for choice. Local jewellery manufacturers are also spoilt for choice when sourcing their stones to make that perfect piece. It is perhaps therefore of no surprise that Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies estimates that Hong Kong accounts for 26% of the total polished export market. There are well over 80 independent Israeli diamond suppliers in Hong Kong alone. One diamond company, A Schwartz & Sons, is run in Hong Kong by Enav Schwartz. The company was established by his grandfather, Aharon Schwartz in 1949. Today it is owned by his father Uri Schwartz.

Two years ago, A Schwartz and Sons launched their own range of fine jewellery collection called Lenoire. The brand has been actively promoted around Hong Kong on high visual poster boards. Their marketing theme, “access the inaccessible” can now truly be accessible for customers. The motivation to move into the fine jewellery sector is interesting.

“ We w a n t t o h a v e o u r own say in the destiny of our diamonds,” explains Enav Schwartz.

“We want to see the joy of making our own jewellery, more than just supplying diamonds to manufacturers, there is more of a buzz to creating a jewellery piece. It is too boring just dealing in the stones.” “Our Lenoire range is created with high craftsmanship, European design, one-of-akind jewellery that looks exceptional but at a more affordable price. We know what type of diamonds we can source for our own jewellery,” added Schwartz.

The range currently includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, made with yellow stones and white stones. Their designs are inspirational, and do not follow any

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Enav Schwartz sketching his jewellery designs

particular trend.

They provide most of the pieces to wholesalers and some to private clients. Enav works with a full time in-house designer, pieces are firstly sketched and drawn by hand. The jewellery normally takes about one month to finish. “We want our range to expand and provide a growth margin for the company. Approximately 10% of A Schwartz & Sons revenue is now coming from its fine jewellery division. This is a trend we want to build on,” said Schwartz. “Boutique, small and personal, it’s fun to see our jewellery out there. It took us a longtime to find the right craftsmanship for our standard,” Schwartz concluded.

The name Lenoire is also interesting. It was chosen as it relates to the colour black (noire), translated into English from French. The family name of Schwartz from German translated into English is also Black. Like their family name and jewellery, Lenoire can be with them for generations to come like the fine jewellery that they make.

India’s Secretary Minister of Textiles, Mrs. Kiran Dhingra, paid an official to visit to Israel in September to inaugurate the first India International Apparel and Textile Show in Tel Aviv, which was held from 5-6 September. The event was to promote exports of Indian apparel and textiles to Israel. During the visit, India and Israel signed a Letter of Intent for cooperation between the Ministry of Tex-

tiles, India and Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour. Areas of mutual cooperation include: water technology solutions for the textile industry; energy efficiency; technical collaboration in design; marketing and textile machinery. Secretary Dhingra also cochaired a Round Table event with leaders from Israel’s textile industry and visited the Shenkar Design Academy.


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China-Israel HealthCare Technologies Conference The China-Israel HealthCare Technologies Conference was recently held in September, in Beijing, hosted by China Israel Synergy with the support of Israel’s Embassy in Beijing and Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance Limited. The conference focused on introducing and presenting several of the most promising Israeli companies and technologies in the fields of medical devices with potential investors from China.

This seminar aimed to give the best frame work opportunity for close introduction and personal meetings between the CEO’s of 8 leading companies from Israel and high ranked position holders of 40 leading companies from China. Dealing with relevant fields such as medical devices and supplies as well as investors and investments banks. “Israel is well-known for its innovative technologies, and China’s healthcare market, with huge potential, and the strength of its companies in manufacturing and distribution is attractive to Israeli investors,” said Amir

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Yaar, Founder and Chief Executive of China Israel Synergy.

China Israel Synergy is a new international investment and corporate advisory company that works via a unique business model targeting and promoting investments from China into Israeli technology and innovation. The company works both in China and Israel, whilst serving as a local partner in Israel to the Chinese investors.

Yaar, is one of the leading financial entrepreneurs in Israel, who is recognised as a business opportunities finder.

Twenty years ago, he established one of the most successful companies in the Israeli insurance and finance industry and made an exit in 2009-2010. China Israel Synergy was founded in 2011, after a long process of learning and exploring by an intensive fieldwork.

DSIT receives defense contract in Asia Israeli based DSIT Solutions Ltd has announced that it has received an order for an advanced sonar simulator from a leading defense contractor in Asia. The value of the contract is approximately US$700,000. It follows a lengthy bidding and evaluation process in which DSIT was selected as the supplier for the sonar trainer. D a n B e n - D o v, D S I T ’s VP Sales & Marketing, commented, “DSIT entered the field of sonar simulation over ten years ago with the development

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of our generic sonar simulator software package. This package served as the basis for most of the sonar trainers built by the company. Two years ago we strengthened our excellent reputation as a supplier of sophisticated sonar simulators and trainers with the supply of a full mission submarine tactical trainer to the Israeli Navy.” “The Israeli Navy views their submarine trainer as a large and vital part of the training for all submariners and submarine officers,” added Benny Sela, CEO of DSIT.

“Their endorsement is a source of pride for us. Many of our team of experts in the field of sonar simulation received their first taste of sonar operation during their service in the Israeli Navy and their knowledge and experience enhance our abilities to provide top of the line sonar simulation systems. The hull mounted sonar simulator we are providing here has been developed based on customer specifications to provide a very life like experience for trainees,” Sela added.

The Israel Diamond Pavilion had one of the largest pavilions at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, which was held between 19-23 September. This year’s Israel Diamond Pavilion, organised by the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI), featured 90 companies. There was also 20 additional Israeli companies exhibiting in various locations throughout the show. Due to limited exhibition space, IDI was not able to meet the overwhelming demand by Israeli companies to participate in the September show, leaving a waiting list of 20 companies. The September Hong Kong show is a key event on the IDI yearly calendar. To maximize exposure, IDI sponsored the show’s opening reception. In addition, IDI also partnered with Jewellery News Asia this year as a major sponsor of the newly launched JNA Awards. This culminated in a ceremony and gala dinner at the RitzCarlton Hotel to coincide with the show. The industry sees Asian markets, led by Hong Kong, as the most important growth area for Israeli diamonds. Hong Kong is today Israel’s second

largest market for polished diamonds after the US. The September Hong Kong fair is one of the most important trade shows for reaching Asian markets, especially since it comes before the important buying seasons of Christmas, Diwali and the Chinese New Year. IDI Chairman Moti Ganz said that IDI was encouraging Israeli diamond companies to develop trade with Asian markets. “We see Asia, with Hong Kong as its gateway, as a vast and largely untapped market for diamonds. There is great wealth and a huge demand for luxury goods, including gold and diamond jewelry. Israeli diamonds are being very well received. There is tremendous potential for growth in these markets and we have only begun to scratch the surface,” he said. IDI Chief Marketing Officer Nissim Palomo commented, “We are participating in three trade shows in Hong Kong and a show in Shanghai. Our representative office in Hong Kong assists Israeli diamond companies to bridge cultural and language gaps and advises them on business opportunities. In addition, our portal sites in English and Chinese promote direct ties between Israeli and Asian companies.”

Israel Diamond Institute re-elects Moti Ganz as Chairman Moti Ganz was re-elected unanimously as Chairman of the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) by its Board of Directors in October 2012. Ganz also serves as President of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) and Honorary President of Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA). After being re-elected Moti Ganz said, “I am grate-

moted the industry’s marketing efforts into China and India.

ful to the Board of Directors for this vote of confidence, and promise to continue to act for the advancement of the Israeli Diamond Industry.” He said that his main task this term will be to create a comprehensive 10-year strategic plan for IDI, in order to position the Israeli Diamond Industry as a global leader in rough and polished diamonds. During his previous terms as IDI Chairman, Ganz has worked tirelessly to support the

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local industry. A firm believer in the importance of developing new markets, Ganz has pro-

During his term, IDI opened a representative office in Hong Kong and greatly expanded its trade show presence, organising Israeli Diamond Pavilions in shows in India, Thailand and China. Moreover, the number of Israeli exhibitors in key trade shows has grown exponentially. Moti Ganz is the owner of Motiganz Diamond Group, a worldwide company with manufacturing plants in Israel,

China, India and Botswana. Ganz began his career in the Israeli diamond industry in 1982. In 1989 he received the Outstanding Exporter Award, and in 1991 became a DTC sightholder. A second-generation diamantaire, Ganz has been active in public life in the diamond industry since 1989. He was President of IsDMA from February 2004 until November 2011, and has been President of IDMA since May 2008.

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Business News

Taiwan’s Modiotek partners with TowerJazz

Silicom secures ‘design win’ in China

TowerJazz, a global specialty foundry leader that manufactures integrated circuits has teamed up with Modiotek Company Ltd and announced their joint development of Modiotek’s next-generation Digital Signal Processor (DSP), for a wireless camera companion dedicated to Smart TVs. Modiotek is a technology innovator and solution provider in semi-conductors for Smart TV, mobile audio platform and digital answering machines.

Silicom Ltd, an industry provider of high-performance networking solutions announced that it has secured a strategic new ‘design win’ from a top Chinese networking equipment giant. According to the company, the customer has placed initial purchase orders for multi-port adapters to be used in a number of its servers and server-based networking equipment products and provided a short term forecast demonstrating an annual revenue potential of approximately US$1 million.

According to a study by DisplaySearch, shipments for Smart TVs are estimated to reach approximately 125 million units in 2014. The connected TV market is developing beyond mature regions like Western Europe and Japan into China, Latin America and North America. Since these emerging countries have excellent broadband infrastructure, the adoption of connected TV capabilities is a natural next step in TV feature innovation. Modiotek’s latest DSP – M90, leveraging TowerJazz’s 0.13μm CMOS process, inte-

grates a low-power H.264 video encoder as well as all the functionalities dedicated to wireless camera applications. As Smart TV consumers demand slimmer solutions, there is almost no room for a camera module on the TV. As such, a wireless camera companion can be the best alternative so that Smart TVs can keep the camera-related applications like video phone, gesture control and gaming. This type of concept has drawn major worldwide TV manufacturers’ attention and it is believed Smart TVs will be equipped with such wireless camera peripheral in the coming years. Modiotek launched the world’s first DSP-based reference design for Smart TV remote controls in 2010 and has continued to develop varieties of remote control reference system designs since then.

“Our relationship with TowerJazz dates back nearly a decade, and in that time we have worked closely together to develop the most leading-edge processors and semiconductor

technologies,” said J. T. Chung, General Manager of Modiotek. “We appreciate TowerJazz’s technology strength, quality assurance, capacity support, and customer service. Developing next-generation DSPs with TowerJazz is a good example of how two companies can collaborate extremely well to push semi-conductor technology to another level.” “Modiotek is meeting the demand of consumers for more and more functionality associated with one device. We are excited to be chosen by Modiotek, the pioneer in the Smart TV market. We look forward to continue working with Modiotek on next generation DSPs for this leading edge emerging market,” said Ilan Rabinovich, VP of Customer Support and GM of CMOS Business Unit.

TowerJazz is a brand name under Tower Semiconductor Ltd and maintains two manufacturing facilities in Israel, one in the US and one in Japan with additional capacity available in China through manufacturing partnerships.

In addition, the customer has indicated the potential for its annual purchase orders to reach several times this amount once it completes its migration to the Silicom products. “This is an important ‘design win’ which positions Silicom ideally to benefit from China’s unprecedented data centre construction boom and escalating demand for cloud, mobility and big data networks,” said Shaike Orbach, Silicom’s President and CEO.

“The build-out is strongly backed by the Chinese government, which is encouraging both global and local companies to make massive investments in regional data centres throughout China,” Orbach added. “China has become a huge opportunity for all major networking equipment manufacturers, and therefore for Silicom as a strategic supplier to these companies. The fact that our products are standard in so many manufacturers’ server-based solutions, a list which now includes another one of China’s largest players means that these trends are now growth drivers for us as well,” concluded Orbach. Silicom Limited is headquarted in Kfar Sava, Israel and has an overseas office in the US. NE


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Jewish artists to impact at the 4th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival 2013

he Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival (HKICMF) is becoming a cultural landmark in Hong Kong since it was launched in 2009, showcasing world class musicians performing diverse repertoires in the city’s major concert halls and smaller boutique venues. Organised by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (PPHK), this years theme entitled: The Music of Friends is a week-long festival to be held from 16-23 January 2013 and will pool together international, Chinese and local artists to participate. This includes the returning Artistic Director, renowned violinist Lin ChoLiang, hailed as a “rare combination of virtuosity and humanity” by the Los Angeles Times. Six concerts will be presented at Hong Kong City Hall and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, featuring repertoires ranging from chamber music classics to jazz standards. In addition the festival also provides an unparalleled oppor-

tunity for youth and community engagement. Outreach activities include free community concerts, coaching and masterclasses for young musicians and amateurs, teacher training and music appreciation workshops. Many of these events will take place in the week before the festival. Coming to lead the Outreach & Education Programme are renowned American music educators, Julliard violin professor Earl Carlyss (who currently runs the quartet programme at Aspen) and master teacher and concert pianist Ann Schein. As part of the outreach programme, PPHK will also be launching a groundbreaking partnership with Musica Viva Australia to bring their exceptional education programme into Hong Kong schools. Additionally, PPHK is bringing the acclaimed Irish piano, flute and cello trio, Trio Festivale, to local universities to conduct free community concerts and student master classes during the last week of November. Here is a profile of the Jewish/Israeli artists that will be attending HKICMF 2013.

Hélène Grimaud

Jerusalem Quartet

A truly multi-faceted and charismatic artist, for pianist Hélène Grimaud, music is a limitless passion. A naturally emotive, spiritual performer whose success as an international artist is overwhelming.

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.” – The Times, February 2011.

She has achieved her professional standing through an intense touring and recording programme in which she shares her profound, original interpretations of classical music.

A committed conservationist and human rights campaigner, Grimaud also lends her prodigious talent and eloquence to the literary world with her successful books.

The Jerusalem Quartet continue to be both regular and popular visitors to major venues throughout the world, with a growing reputation in North America, Canada and the UK. This season, in a programme of Schumann, together with pianist Alexander Melnikov, they are celebrating the release of their new CD.

During past season’s, the Jerusalem Quartet concentrated on Brahms’s chamber music and a “Mozart Plus” project at the Wigmore Hall, focusing on String Quartets and Quintets by Mozart, together with violist Lawrence Power.

Their discs have been awarded with numerous prizes. Their recording of Haydn’s String Quartets won the chamber category of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or Arte, while their release of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2009.

Hoffman has had a long association with the violin virtuoso Salvatore Accardo in both the concert hall and recording studio.

Toby Hoffman Born into a musical family, conductor and violist Toby Hoffman began his musical training at the age of six, studying the violin with his mother Esther Glazer. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School as a violist studying with Paul Doktor where he became the only two time winner of the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. He graduated from the Juilliard School with both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music. He began an international career performing with many of today’s most prominent musicians at many of the world’s most prestigious international music festivals and concert halls.

Together they have recorded nearly all of the chamber music works of Mozart including the Two Duos for Violin and Viola, the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, the String Trio and the Six Viola Quintets, in addition to many other chamber works by Beethoven, Schubert, Tschaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Dvorak and Chausson.

He was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and has been a guest violist with the Fine Arts and Tokyo String Quartets. In 1988, he performed the world premeire of the Piano Quartet by Alfred Schnittke at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland.

Hoffman also studied conducting with Jorma Panula. Under his tutelage, he participated in masterclasses with orchestras including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Nurnberger Symphonik and the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael Guttman Michael Guttman is an eminent violin soloist, conductor and music director of festivals around the world. At age ten, he became the youngest student ever to be admitted into the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music. Encouraged by his late mentor Isaac Stern, Guttman studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy Delay, the Juilliard Quartet and Felix Galimir. Guttman has earned critical acclaim from the New York Times for his incredible wealth of tone colours and his sound of melting beauty, and was described by the Jerusalem Post as the Chagall of violinists.

Denis Kozhukhin

Denis Kozhukhin was launched onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. Previous awards include 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1986 into a family of musicians, he began his piano studies at the age of four with his mother. He attended the Balakirev School of Music where he studied under Natalia Fish. From 2000 to 2007, Kozhukhin was a pupil at the Reine Sofia School of Music in Madrid.

Inon Barnatan

Pianist Inon Barnatan is widely recognised for refined, communicative, insightful playing that combines an extraordinary depth of musicianship and an impeccable, virtuosic technique. He is hailed by The New Yorker as “a pianist of uncommon sensitivity.”

Barnatan is often praised for his naturally expressive, poetic music making. With this instinctive understanding of the repertoire, he performs a diverse range of works from classical to contemporary, encompassing various styles and genres, in thoughtful and imaginative programmes. Since moving to the US from Israel in 2006, he has performed with many of the country’s most esteemed orchestras and conductors.


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Art and Culture

Eliyahu Inbal celebrates 4 years with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Kovalam Literary Festival brings a slice of life from Israel

World Famous conductor Eliyahu Inbal, will be conducting a series of compositions from Gustav Mahler, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Johannes Brahms during a special line up of events across Tokyo and Yokohama to mark 4 years of his musical work in Japan.

Israel was the flavour of the fifth of the Kovalam Literary Festival which was held on 3 October at the India International Centre, Delhi. This was followed by a two-day session at the Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram on 5-6 October.

Israeli-born Inbal has been the Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), since April 2008. The events have been scheduled from September through to January 2013. The series will include Johannes Brahms Symphony No.3 and No.1 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.3. TMSO was formed in 1965, with Heinz Hofmann as its first permanent conductor, as part of a cultural promotion project of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to mark the Tokyo Olympic Games. Since then, the orchestra has grown to become one of

studied conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. After having won the 1st prize at the International Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition, he started appearing with world’s leading orchestras. Chief positions were held, among others, at the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra where he is now Honorary Conductor, and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. He made his first appearance with TMSO in 1991 and served as special guest conductor of the orchestra form 1995 to 2000.

Eliyahu Inbal

Japan’s foremost professional orchestras. Concerts are held at two main locations, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall. TMSO organizes joint concerts with teenagers, over 60 school concerts annually and concerts for the handicapped as well as tours outside Tokyo. Inbal was born in 1936 and

Eshkol Nevo makes an appearance at the Singapore Writers Festival One of Israel’s brightest new voices, Eshkol Nevo will be in Singapore in November to attend the annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) which features the world’s major literary talents.

SWF, is one of Asia’s premier multi-lingual literary events, (focusing on the official languages of Singapore – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil).

Nevo’s works are mainly in Hebrew and he has written three bestselling novels. Dealing with the themes of journeys, borders and identity, both that of a writer as well as an Israeli, his novels Homesick, World Cup Wishes and Neuland, have been translated into English and have won acclaim with audiences in Israel and around the world.

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Nevo was born 1971 in Jerusalem. His novel, Homesick, was awarded the Book Publishers Association Gold Prize (2005) and the FFI-Raymond Wallier Prize at the Salon du Livre (Paris, 2008).

While continuing to tell stories of his homeland, he teaches creative writing and thinking at the Sam Spiegel Film & Televi-

In 2008, he was awarded membership in the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence), one of the country’s highest recognitions for excellence in the arts. Eshkol Nevo is the grandson of Levi Eshkol, the late third prime minister of Israel.

In January 2007, he was appointed Music Director of Teatro la Fenice.

Two Israeli writers, Sarai Shavit and Dorit Rabinyan and musician Tal Kravitz brought slices of Israel’s culture and their observations of India in three literary sessions at the festival.

Shavit, the author of India Express in Hebrew, was inspired to write about India while staying at a guest house in the capital. The book relates the story of Mali Mualem who comes in search of her brother and meets an investigator.

He is a recipient of numerous honours which include Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and Rabinyan has written a chilGoldenes PPHK-ADV-Jewish EhrenzeichenTimes-02-OP.pdf of the 1 25/10/12 3:47 PM city of Vienna. dren’s book and a screenplay

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for television, Shuli’s Fiance, which won the Israeli Academy Award for the best drama in 1997. Rabinyan hosts a weekly television magazine and lives in Tel Aviv. The festival hosted nearly two dozen writers in 20 sessions.

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Art and Culture

Israel’s Consulate in Hong Kong screens My lovely sister The Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong held a special screening of Israeli film My lovely sister on 22 October at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. This event is part of the framework of the Consulate for the year, to enhance the relationship between Israel and Hong Kong and to share knowledge of Israel’s unique industry.

Ambassador Amikam Levy, said in the opening remarks, “We believe that screening of Israeli movies is another way to expose our culture, abilities and beauty of our country. Art is not something you dream of. It is

Mrs Orit Shani, the newly arrived Consul of Israel in Hong Kong attending the film event her first official engagement

between two sisters, based on a Moroccan Jewish folk tale. The film is a celebration of sisterhood at its very heart. In reality, the two actresses were awarded Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress by the Israeli Film Academy (the Israeli Oscars) in 2011. In the past decade, Israeli Mrs Regina Ip and Ambassador Amikam Levy

something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” Israel and Hong Kong have already established a closer bond through signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on cultural exchanges in 2010 and through various cultural cooperations. Guest of honour Mrs Avia Lai, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs; Mrs Regina Ip, member of the Executive Council; Lai Tung Kwok, Secretary for Security; David Sun, Director of Audit were among the honoured guests from the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Other guests included leaders of the Jewish community and local cultural organisations, as well as diplomats and friends of the consulate. The film My lovely sister is a charming and beautifully acted film about the love and hate

Mrs Avia Lai gave an opening remark at the event

films have received prizes and nominations of the most prestigious film awards around the world. It is an indication of the renaissance of Israeli cinema, in terms of the emergence of a new generation of talented filmmakers and the radical advance of funding, both public and foreign funds that brought millions of dollars into the industry.

Interface celebrates performers from around the world Performing artistes from Israel, Australia, France, Switzerland and Taiwan joined forces in September with those of India at Interface.

A three day festival celebrating alternative performing arts and contemporary movements. The event was held in Kolkata.

The first day of the festival kicked off with an Israel-India collaboration between choreographer Idan Cohen and Dance Troupe, Sapphire while Theatre of Rhythm and Dance, from Australia, performed the day af-

ter. The third day saw the Samudra Dance Company bring alive the nuances of Kalaripayattu, Theyyam and Kathakali. One of the organisers of the festival, Sudarshan Chakravorty of Sapphire, commented, “theatre, music and dance the emerging trend in the performing arts arena is an amalgamation of these and much more. The festival was the perfect platform to celebrate indigenous movements in conjunction with more contemporary, Western forms of expression like jazz and ballet.”


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Art and Culture

Zadok Ben-David sculptor’s showcased in Singapore

Israeli films win awards in China

​ uction house Sotheby’s hostA ed its first selling exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Asia with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board and the National Parks Board presenting 17 works by award-winning Israeli sculptor Zadok BenDavid against the magnificent backdrop of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The exhibition opened on 23 October and will run through to 31 January 2013.

An Israeli film Life in Stills was awarded the Best Short Documentary at the 18th Shanghai TV Festival “Baiyulan” Awards. In another category, A Film Unfinished was awarded the Best Long Documentary.

Art enthusiasts may recall Zadok Ben-David’s installation Blackfield, which was showcased at the 2008 Singapore Biennale. The work featured a forest of more than 10,000 small, flat metallic plants in white sand, spread over 100 square metres.

Ben-David’s work explores man’s relationship with nature, a theme which continues in his newer work. His new pieces feature several elements including trees and butterflies entwined in works which challenge one’s perceptions of reality. Ben-David was born in Bayhan, Yemen in 1949 and emigrated to Israel in the same year. He graduated ACTING

The Shanghai TV Festival is the leading international competition in China for films and TV production, aiming to reflect the latest trends and promote the TV industry. One of the works on display, Innerscape on the move

in advanced sculpture from St. Martin’s School of Art in London and taught at the same institution from 1977-1982. In 1988, Ben-David represented Israel in the Venice Biennale. BenDavid’s largest solo show to date was at the Guangdong Art Museum in Guangzhou, China in spring 2007. He is the recipient of numerous awards. Recent awards include Grande Biennial Prémio at the XIV Biennale Internacional de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal 2007 and the Tel Aviv Museum prize for sculpture 2005. In 2008, he was DANCE

commissioned to make a sculpture for the Beijing Olympics. In 2010, Ben-David’s solo show “Human Nature” at the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, created history as it had achieved recordbreaking attendance in the history of the museum when it ended in February 2010. In the last few years, BenDavid has shown in Italy, China and at the Busan Biennale in South Korea. His works feature in the collections of important public and private institutions in Europe, East Asia, US, Israel and Australia.


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tival aims to display a variety of programmes which reflect creative ideas, advanced techniques and bring different cultures together for a celebration of TV culture. There are four categories of awards: TV Films, TV Series, Documentary and Animation. In addition, the Israeli film Treasure Hunt won Best Documentary at 4th Hangzhou Asian Film Festival. The film’s director, Nadan Pines, was present to receive the award on 16 October. Oren Rozenblat, Deputy Consul General of Israel in Shanghai presented the award to the director.

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HonestReporting secures legal precedent for Israel


onestReporting, a news media watchdog, based in Israel has itself been in the news. One of its campaigns started in April on the issue of Israel’s right to determine her own Capital City. HonestReporting won their case against the UK Press Complaints Commission (PCC), not once, not twice, but in three media reversals.

Together with Asserson Law Offices, HonestReporting successfully persuaded the Press Complaints Commission that Tel Aviv is not Israel’s capital. This sets an important precedent that brings to an end any further debate in the British media on this issue. HonestReporting launched legal proceedings against The Guardian newspaper, forcing it, in August, to unequivocally state: We accept that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv, the country’s financial and diplomatic centre is the capital.

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Aviv, “when it is, of course, in Jerusalem.”

The commission initially defended The Guardian’s decision to call Tel Aviv Israel’s capital, ruling in May that “many countries” don’t recognise Jerusalem as the capital and that “those nations enjoying diplomatic relations with Israel have their embassies in Tel Aviv.”

Joe Hyams

sided with the newspaper and also issued a precedent-setting ruling that The Guardian had violated principles of accuracy when it stated that Tel Aviv was the capital of Israel.

The PCC has now done exactly that, stating: The Commission concluded that … the unequivocal statement that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel had the potential to mislead readers and raised a breach of Clause 1 (i) of the Editors’ Code of Practice.

Clause 1(i) of the Editors’ Code states: “The Press must take care not to publish inaccu-

rate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.”

Commenting on this latest achievement, HonestReporting’s CEO Joe Hyams said, “The PCC has sent a clear message for the UK media to uphold standards on accuracy while HonestReporting has demonstrated the efficiency of pursuing legal action when necessary to defend Israel against media bias.”

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had intended for the city to be an internationally governed territory not part of either the Jewish or Arab states created by the 1947 decision to partition Palestine. After capturing the eastern side of the city in 1967 and annexing it, Israel declared the united city to be its capital in 1980. The international community did not accept the move, and in August 1980 the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 478, saying it was “deeply concerned” over the law’s enactment, declaring it “null and void.” In addition, the resolution called upon nations with diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw them from the city. Today, there are no foreign embassies in Jerusalem. Many of Israel’s allies refuse to recognise Jerusalem as the capital, saying the city’s status must be determined in future negotiations with the Palestinians.


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Top CEO goes back to his school days

ust one month before Israeli executive Avraham Novogrocki was appointed CEO of the multi-million dollar company Africa-Israel Investments, Ltd., he met with a small group of all-stars at Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ).

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Novogrocki shared his personal experiences and intriguing pointers for success with this handpicked group, consisting of 16 exemplary high school students. “Those who excel here will excel in life,” the high-ranking executive told the young students.

“Boys Town was a difficult school,” Novogrocki told the students. “We studied from 6:30 am till 10:00 pm, but we had tremendous motivation. Our rabbis were always there to give us guidance, even after graduation. I remember one rabbi coming to visit his students in the Air Force and urging us to work even harder to make a contribution to Israel’s security.”

Novogrocki, who stands at the helm of a leading international holding and investment company, began his six years of study at BTJ in 1970. Following high school, Novogrocki continued for an additional two years in Boys Town’s College of Applied Engineering.

In the Israeli Air Force, he was assigned for duty in the F-15 fighter plane division. He went on to receive his BA in Economics and MA in Business Administration from

did you already know what you wanted to be in the future?” asked another student.

After serving as the CEO of Africa Israel Industries, overseeing thousands of workers in companies in Israel and abroad, Novogrocki has now been promoted as the CEO of its giant parent company, Africa-Israel Investments, Ltd.

The leading CEO had clear advice for the students. “In today’s hi-tech competition, it’s the people who aspire for greatness who succeed. Nothing can stop you from reaching the top if your goal is to constantly improve yourself. You’ve already achieved excellence in your studies at Boys Town, and you have a greater responsibility than others. You have a long

Avraham Novogrocki with one of the students. Novogrocki is a 1974 graduate of Boys Town.

road ahead – take your excellence and make it go for 30 years,” he advised the students. “What subjects should we concentrate on learning in school?” asked one student. “All of them,” Novorocki responded. “English, math, technology, and the humanities. History may not seem such an

important subject now, but it’s one of the most crucial of all. I can also assure you that your Jewish studies will be invaluable. Talmudic logic can be applied brilliantly to the business world, and I use the teachings outlined in our Ethics of the Fathers in every business meeting I conduct.” “When you were our age,

“Absolutely,” Avraham Novorocki responded. “I knew I would study business administration to enhance my background in electronics. I’ve always pushed myself to reach higher and higher. That’s my advice for you: try to excel, wherever you go. Organise your time, and ask yourself at the end of each day how you can make even further progress tomorrow. These are your best years—you have wonderful people to help you at Boys Town,” he told the students. “This is the time to reach your potential for greatness.” BTJ is one of Israel’s premier institutions for educating the country’s next generation of leaders. Since its founding in 1948, it has pursued its mission of turning young boys from limited backgrounds, especially those disadvantaged, into young men with limitless futures.

Boys Town’s 18 acre campus is a home away from home for its more than 850 students.

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Education Planning

Hong Kong’s international schooling dilemma – as bad as it seems? Supplied by

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

Demand for international schooling in Hong Kong has increased tremendously to the extent that a number of Chambers of Commerce have warned that international school places in Hong Kong are in severe shortage and that this potentially threatens Hong Kong’s continued status as a world-class city. Limited schooling has clearly begun deterring employees from multinational firms from relocating to Hong Kong. International schools are oversubscribed and many have long waiting lists, resulting in some relocating families being unable to find a school for their children. Some families have had to wait up to 12 months before getting their chosen school. Any

parent can imagine the distress and worry caused if a child is going to be out of school for significant periods of time. In 2011-12, the English Schools Foundation received nearly 2,500 applications for approximately 1,020 places in year 1, and for entry to year 7, over 400 applications for only 100 places. The German Swiss International School received 1,673 applications for 126 vacancies across all its school years. Canadian International School, one of the largest, is full, yet had an increase of 18% in applications for the year 2012-13. This shortage of options has put tremendous stress on parents:

“You can’t imagine the difficulty until you physically start looking for schools. You read stories on blogs and hear grim news from friends, but nothing really prepares you for so many rejections. I wish we had started looking for schools when our

child was just a baby.” (S Jones, parent) There is good news though: first, the situation is not as bad as it looks, with families who make multiple applications to schools and put their child’s name on waiting lists while they wait for their first choice school to become available causing list “inflation”; second, there are new school places opening up in Hong Kong; and third, it’s possible to use interim schooling solutions while you wait. Coordinating your strategy through a reputable educational consultant will also ease the stress and increase your chances of getting what you want. Children being on multiple waiting lists is inevitable but a good rule of thumb is to divide by three when faced with a waiting list and then decide whether that lower number is acceptable. With 5000 international places coming online through

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2012-2014 there will be a slight easing of the problem although many of these places are not necessarily where they are needed. Neither will this ease demand for places at the very best schools. Government has invited expressions of interest for a further two school sites and if these are allocated properly then we will see further encouragement for the next five years or so. Interim schooling is something we do at ITS Education where we have the advantage of being both Hong Kong’s longest standing independent placement consultancy sitting alongside our registered schools. Our consultants have professional qualifications in education and many of us have taught in a variety of schools around the world. Many of us have relocated with children and have experienced first-hand the task of navigating different

schooling systems. Most of us have lived in different countries around the world, and all of us are sensitive to and aware of the challenges confronting families when facing the prospect of change. We help to negotiate the intricacies of what can be complex school processes while addressing your child’s needs in relation to a selection of possible schools. Engaging the help of an ITS education consultant ensures the most successful school placement possible because your consultant will develop a programme that includes a choice of schools and a plan to achieve acceptance that is both high-achieving and realistic. Crucially and uniquely, we are able to provide a complete education for children while they are on a school waiting list. By offering a flexible range of learning situations, children can continue their education in a specific curriculum in oneto-one lessons or small-group classes tailored for them. They receive highly focused attention that can truly expand upon and develop their academic talents and capabilities. For more information email: Find us at:


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Conservation of Jerusalem’s Old City Walls and Gates


ne of the largest and most important projects carried out in the past five years by the Jerusalem Development Company, Prime Minister’s Office and the Israel Antiquities Authority was the conservation and rehabilitating of the Old City walls and gates.

Avi Mashiah, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

This has now ended, with the completion of the preservations and stabilisation of the Lions Gate in the Old City’s eastern wall. This impressive gate is the last of the seven open gates of the city wall that were meticulously and professionally treated in recent years by the Conservation Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

had taken root in them and the walls’ surface were cleaned.

Lions Gate water-cistern

in it were replaced and it was returned and secured to its original place on the wall. The two lions carved on either side of the gate also underwent conservation and cleaning.

At the start of the conservation work on the Lions Gate the project engineers discovered that the sentry’s post situated above the gate’s entrance, which was where the soldier guarding the tower once stood, was in danger of collapse.

Within the framework of the conservation work carried out on the Old City walls in Jerusalem, the walls were conserved which had been built and renovated in the mid-sixteenth century by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I.

The sentry’s post was entirely dismantled, broken stones

Both sides of the wall were treated for a total distance of

3,800 metres. Each and every one of the stones in the wall was photographed with a laser, documented and studied. Approximately 1,000 deteriorating stones were stabilised and 2,000 square metres at the top of the wall were stabilised and sealed to prevent the penetration of water. In addition 350 merlons and embrasures were conserved and the stone work in them was completed. Some of the stones in the wall were dismantled and rebuilt due to vegetation that

The Jerusalem Development Authority is still continuing its work to develop the Old City as the leading tourism site in Israel and to increase the amount of visitors and tourists to it both during the day and at night. During the era of the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, there were four gates to the Old City, one on each side. The current walls, built by Suleiman

the Magnificent, have a total of eleven gates, but only seven are open. Until 1887, each gate was closed before sunset and opened at sunrise. As indicated by the chart below, these gates have been known by a variety of names used in different historic periods and by different community groups. Below is a table of the Old City Gates - Open and Sealed.

The Gates of the old City Open Gates New Gate Damascus Gate Herod’s Gate Lions’ Gate Dung Gate Zion Gate Jaffa Gate

Construction Year 1887 1537 unknown 1538-39 1538-40 1540 1530-40

Location West of northern side Middle of northern side East of northern side North of eastern side East of southern side Middle of southern side Middle of western side

Sealed gates Golden Gate Single Gate Double Gate Huldah Gates

Construction Year 6th century Herodian period Herodian period Herodian period

Location Middle of eastern side Southern wall of Temple Mount Southern wall of Temple Mount Southern wall of Temple Mount

(Also known as the Triple Gate, as it comprises three arches)

Maccabi World Union (HK Chapter) Ltd. Hong Kong – Macau - China

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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November Parashas 17 November 2012 / 3 Kislev 5773: TOLDOT SHABBAT MEVARECHIM

3 November 2012 / 18 Cheshvan 5773: VAYERA G-d appears to Abraham while Abraham is recovering from his Brit Milah, the first instance of the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim, visiting the sick. Three men visit Abraham who offers them hospitality, the Mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim, welcoming guests. G-d repeats the promise that Sarah will bear a son for Abraham and he will be called Isaac. Abraham is told of the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and he tries to intercede, but they are still destroyed. The angels save Lot from the destruction, but his wife turns to look back and is turned into a pillar of salt. Sarah is abducted by Abimelech, but G-d causes her to be returned unharmed. Isaac is born and is the first to be circumcised on the eighth day. Sarah insists that Ishmael and his mother Hagar are sent away. Abraham offers Isaac as a sacrifice on Mt Moriah. When G-d sees that Abraham unquestionably obeys, He sends a ram to be sacrificed instead. Mt Moriah is where the Temple in Jerusalem stood. 10 November 2012 / 25 Cheshvan 5773: CHAYEI SARAH Sarah dies at the age of 127 years and Abraham buries her in the Cave of Machpelah (in Hebron), having bought the cave and surrounding land from Ephron. Abraham sends his servant Eliezer to find a wife for his son Isaac in Aram Naharaim. Eliezer sets a test of who would be suitable for his master’s son at the well, who would offer also to give water to the camels. Rebecca passes the test. Eliezer asks her mother and brother Laban for permission to take Rebecca. Laban is reluctant, but relents when Rebecca shows her willingness to go. She is blessed with the words that are used today at a Jewish marriage during the bedeking. Isaac brings Rebecca into his late mother’s tent and the loss he felt at the loss of his mother is relieved.

HOLIDAYS/ FASTS/ ROSH CHODESH/ SPECIAL DAYS Rosh Chodesh: 15 November 2012 (1 Kislev 5773)

The birth of Esau and Jacob. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob. Like his father Isaac leaves the land because of famine and goes to Abimelech. G-d tells Isaac not to go down to Egypt. Isaac, again like his father tries to hide the true identity of his wife Rebecca. Esau takes two wives Judith and Basemath, about whom Isaac and Rebecca were not happy. Isaac wishes to give the blessing of the firstborn to Esau. With the urging and help of his mother Rebecca, Jacob deceives his father into thinking he is the firstborn Esau. When Esau hears of this he his angry and resolves to kill his brother. When Isaac realised the deception, he nevertheless confirms the blessing on Jacob. 24 November 2012 / 10 Kislev 5773: VAYETZE Jacob escapes the wrath of his brother Esau and goes to Mount Moriah and has a dream of a ladder going up to heaven and angels going up and down. In the dream G-d gives him the promise of giving the land on which Jacob is lying will be given to him and to his future generations. Jacob works for his uncle Laban. Laban agrees to give him Rachel his daughter but deceives him and gives his other daughter Leah instead. Jacob marries both and also their respective handmaidens. Jacob has 11 sons and a daughter. 1 December 2012 / 17 Kislev 5773: VAYISHLACH Jacob sends angels to assess whether his brother Esau is still hostile towards him. He prepares to meet Esau with gifts, a prayer and if need be to fight. Jacob separates his entourage into two parts. He wrestles with an angel. Unable to free himself from Jacob’s grip the angel dislocates Jacob’s sciatic nerve. The angel blesses Jacob and tells him his name will become Israel: “for you have striven with the Divine and with man and overcome.” Also in this week’s parsha, Jacob is about to die and wants to bless Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe. Jacob says, “The Jewish people will use you as a blessing. They will say, ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe’” (Genesis 48:20). Until today, it is the custom every Friday night to bless our sons with this blessing. Candle Lighting Times for November

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Chabad of Hong Kong: 1/F Hoover Court, 7-9 Macdonell Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2523 9770


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

United Hebrew Congregation (Reform):

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

Chabad: 744-18 Hannam-Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul 140-893, South Korea Tel: (82) 107 730 3770

Chabad of Ya Bao Lu: Jian Guo Men Diplomatic Bldg, Building 3, 2/F, 223 Chaoyangmennei Street, Beijing, PR China TeL: (86) 1352 2016 427 Email:

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


Kehillat Beijing (Reform): Capital Club Athletic Center, 3/F., Ballroom, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu Chaoyang District, Beijing, PR China Tel: (86) 10 6467 2225

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

India (Mumbai)

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

Hong Kong

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

South Korea

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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November 2012 • Volume 7 • Issue 7 • Cheshvan / Kislev 5773  

Jewish Times Asia, was established in 2006, and is the regions first independent community newspaper for Jewish residents, business travelle...

November 2012 • Volume 7 • Issue 7 • Cheshvan / Kislev 5773  

Jewish Times Asia, was established in 2006, and is the regions first independent community newspaper for Jewish residents, business travelle...