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Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, October 27, 2011


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Federation Projects in the Israeli Press

LA Jewish community members in Israel

(Ynet) Delegation of more than 400 Jews arrives in Tel Aviv to celebrate 100th anniversary of Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

See also (Israel National News) LA Sends Largest-Ever Jewish Federation Mission to Israel


Disabled IDF veterans get bar mitzvah gift

(Ynet) (mentions UJA NY Fed) Jake Lefkowitz of New York donates $20,000 he received for his coming of age celebration to Israeli association facilitating rehabilitation of children, soldiers, and victims of terror


JFNA in the Israeli Press

How did American Jews get so rich?

(Ynet) Since their mass immigration to America some 100 years ago, Jews have become the richest religious group in American society. Only 2% of the total US population, they make up 25% of the 400 wealthiest Americans. How did it happen, and how crucial is their aid to Israel?


Plaque for Jewish chaplains dedicated at Arlington

(Ynet) Memorial honoring 14 Jewish clergymen who died in active service erected in US' national military cemetery


JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press

Student village emerges in desert

(Ynet) Group of young activists finds way to bypass planning red tape by establishing temporary community in Negev


World ORT aids students in periphery

(Ynet) Education charity collaborates with commercial companies to provide pupils in 33 schools with material aid worth NIS 700,000


Welfare and Social Issues

The State of Israel's Education and Its Implications

(Taub Center) A visual roadmap based on the Taub Center's State of the Nation Reports


Video: Israel Makes Sure Handicapped Can Use Parks

(Israel National News)The handicapped have increasing accessibility to public parks in Israel. Video: Sesame Street’s Sivan plays with Anastasia


Preparing for the next kidnap of an Israeli soldier

(Haaretz) Defense Minister Ehud Barak wants a framework to ensure that future prisoner swaps are handled very differently than the Shalit deal.


Social Protests

Medical students to show support for residents

(Jpost) Students across country will not go to classes; demonstration to be held outside Beit Ariela in Tel Aviv.


Mass social justice protest to hit streets after hiatus

(Jpost) For first time in nearly two months, social justice movement calls for protests across country; Leef says she'll "fight with all her might."


Religious Pluralism in Israel

TA rabbinate changes rule that restricted city weddings

(Jpost) Critics say religious body was interested only in enriching itself with the NIS 600 registration fee.



Education Ministry hosts virtual classroom on Dead Sea

(Jpost) PM: Becoming one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature" will bring crucial tourism.



Plesner criticizes lack of funds for haredi recruitment

(Jpost) MK slams government for failing to fulfill commitments to provide NIS 140 million for the recruitment of ultra-Orthodox to the IDF.


Israel-US Relations

'Seinfeld' star to address peace talks at Knesset parley

(Jpost) Jason Alexander part of delegation of over 30 entrepreneurs and entertainers from the US visiting Israel to promote peace.


Technion, Cornell to open NYC Tech Campus

(Jpost) In a completely 50-50 partnership, the presidents of the two schools intend to open a full-scale campus in 2012.


Israeli Economy

Israel tops OECD in subcontracted workers

(Haaretz) Histadrut declares labor dispute, puts issue of workers employed through subcontractors on public agenda.


Science, Technology and Development

New Israeli software to identify cardiac events in a heartbeat

(Israel Hayom) New software developed by General Electic Israel to update echocardiogram machines.


Chinese to build railway to Eilat

(Ynet) Israeli, Chinese governments to sign memorandum of understanding for construction of 180-kilometer railway from Nahal Tzin to southern resort city


Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press


Ma'ariv believes that, "One need not be heartless or self-righteous to understand that the death penalty must be imposed on loathsome murderers, those who have no place in human society," and says that, "Those who perpetrated the abhorrent murders in Itamar must pay with their lives."  The author avers that, "The claim that the death penalty is undemocratic and inhumane is irrelevant; this is natural justice for monsters who slaughter entire families."

Yisrael Hayom notes that Turkey is now accepting international assistance, including from Israel, in the wake of the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey earlier this week.  The author suggests that, "Even Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has understood that there are situations in which personal or national honor does not top the list of priorities.  In such situations, humanitarian assistance must precede everything."