News in Brief

June Walker, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has died of cancer at the age of 74. Walker was also the former president of Hadassah, one of the most powerful organizations in the Jewish world. Walker was a chemistry professor and an expert in respiratory therapy. She lead Hadassah for four years, and was then elected chairman of the President's Conference, the body that represents 50 Jewish American organizations. Despite her long battle with cancer, Walker carried on participating in public events until last week. Two weeks ago, she presented the Henrietta Szold Award to Israeli industrialist and philanthropist Stef Wertheimer. (Anshel Pfeffer)

The owner of HaOman 17, a Tel Aviv nightclub, was released on bail yesterday morning after his arrest Tuesday night for holding a concert where more than the legal limit of guests were allowed into the club. Reuven Lublin was arrested Monday night after police was called by some of the guests at the party, complaining that the club was overcrowded and that the situation was dangerous. Police who came to the club found an overcrowded scene and closed the club, arresting Lublin. Investigators say they also found some cocaine in Lulblin's office. (Roni Singer-Heruti)

The trial of Arcadi Gaydamak, and 40 other defendants in the case known in France as AngolaGate will begin as scheduled on October 6. Gaydamak and his co-defendants are accused of illegal arms trade, and agencies reported that the French media has quoted a senior legal source in France who claims that the prosecution refused to close the case. Last week France renewed the international warrant calling for Gaydamak's arrest, who French authorities consider a fugitive from justice since 2000. (TheMarker Staff)

The mayor of Kiryat Shmona Haim Barbibai was sentenced to one year in prison suspended sentence and fined NIS 250,000 at the Nazareth Magistrate's Court yesterday. The judge also ruled that Barbibai is not eligible to run in elections. The mayor of the northern city was convicted three months ago of three counts of receiving bribes, in addition to 10 counts of breach of trust, falsifying documents and breaching the campaign funding limit. Barbibai and his lawyers said yesterday that they intended to appeal the conviction. (Eli Ashkenazi)

About 30 rare religious texts, some 300 and 400 years old, were stolen Tuesday night from the Rabbi Yosef Karo synagogue in the old city of Safed. The synagogue is estimated to have been established in 1536, when Rabbi Karo arrived in Safed from Toledo. Rabbi Elazar Ben-Shimon, the librarian at the synagogue says rare volumes have accumulated over the centuries. He says it is difficult to assess the value of the books stolen because they cannot be bought, but he said that an expert estimated the value of a single book in the library at $50-100,000. (Eli Ashkenazi)

The family of Dan Perla, 23, who drowned Saturday, decided to donate his organs to transplant patients. Perla was rescued from the sea but efforts to revive him failed and the doctors determined him to be clinically dead. His mother, Svetlana, decided to donate his organs. "Many people refuse to donate organs and the mother decided that through this contribution other people who need organs would be saved," a family friend said yesterday. (Yuval Azoulay)