S NOT FORGOTTEN: Seven years ago, Rachel and Norton Wasserman along with Fran and Bernie Alpert, all originally from Chicago, initiated the first annual "Don't Forget Us Walkathon" for Melabev, Israel's prominent Alzheimer center for elderly Anglos. This winter, Friends of Melabev's fundraiser is still called a walkathon but is more a two-day trek. It will kick off with a brief stroll through the Judean Hills ending at the Scrolls of Fire monument created by the late Polish-Jewish sculptor Nathan Jacob Rapoport, the group announced. Planned by Harvey Chesterman, who grew up in London, and native Californian David Schoenfield, the walkathon's main event will take participants by bus up to the Carmel Mountains for a two-day hike. "They will walk through areas where major events took place from prehistoric times through the Biblical era and up to the mid-20th century's battles for the Jewish state," the organizers said in a statement, adding the hike will lead up to the botanical gardens surrounding the tome of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. For more details call 02-993-4269 or go to www.melabev.org.
S TAKING THE TALK ON THE ROAD: After two full-house lectures in Ra'anana about issues of importance for new immigrants, Susan Sharon, absorption counselor at the South African Zionist Federation (Israel ), know as Telfed, said she intended to the take the popular lecture series she initiated "on the road and provide these important lectures to our Southern African Olim communities in other centers around Israel." The series, entitled "Essentials of Absorption," are the fruit of cooperation between Telfed and the Association of American and Canadians in Israel. The first lecture dealt with the National Insurance Institute and had to be repeated "to accommodate the large number of people who wished to attend," according to the organizers. The lecturer, AACI counselor Yanina Musnikow, focused on eligibility for pensions, unemployment benefits and sick leave payments made by the National Insurance. In the second lecture, Dr. Barry Rozen, a U.S.-born family doctor at the Maccabi Health Fund explained the country's health care system to new immigrants. "We in Israel must be thankful for our national health system," Rozen said in Telfed's "New Immigrant's Club." "This is a system that by law looks after every one of Israel's citizens, providing a level of affordable care that is the envy of countries worldwide."
S ONWARD CHRISTIAN PILGRIM: In honor of its 30th anniversary, the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem this week welcomed more than 5,000 Christian pilgrims from up to 100 countries for its annual Sukkot celebration. According to the Tourism Ministry, "about 7,000 Christian Friends of Israel" were expected to arrive here in time for the holiday. "This event has drawn well over 150,000 Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem during the past 30 years," said Rev. Malcolm Hedding, the embassy's executive director." The weeklong festivities will "once again be Israel's largest annual tourist event and the largest solidarity mission to Israel this year, injecting an estimated $15 million into the local economy," the embassy said in a statement. The festival includes a number of receptions and excursions, such as a "settlement freeze tour" to the West Bank - "to learn about the impact of the ten-month building freeze the day after it is scheduled to expire" and "Israeli Guest night" next Tuesday, during which National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau is scheduled to deliver holiday greetings.
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