Rank and File
New olim arrive, despite troubles; new elder care facility in Jerusalem; Jewish educators from around the world gather in Jerusalem.
UNDETERRED OLIM: Despite the escalating security situation, on Tuesday 64 new immigrants from the United States, ranging in age from 8 months to 91 years, arrived in Israel, according to immigrant aid association Nefesh B’Nefesh. Among the arrivals at Ben-Gurion International Airport was Becky Kupchan, 26, from Chicago, who will be moving to Be’er Sheva. “Although the security situation in Israel is very tense right now, and in Be’er Sheva where I’m about to move rockets are falling, I am not afraid and I trust the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces,” Kupchan said at the airport. Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, NBN cofounder and executive director, called Kupchan and the other new arrivals “real heroes” for immigrating “during these challenging days.”
ELDER CARE: It was standing room only for the 500 people who attended the dedication this week of Beit Melabev in Jerusalem. The new center consolidates three of the day centers operated by Melabev, a nonprofit for the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients and their families. The site was purchased through a donation from Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin, whose Scottish-born husband, Prof. Arnold Rosin, cofounded Melabev with Leah Abramowitz in 1981. Britain’s Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, was among the many dignitaries in attendance, along with Pensioner Affairs Minister Uri Orbach, philanthropists Jack and Janice Livingstone of Manchester, England, and a representative of the chief benefactor, the Harriet and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation of Baltimore.
LEARNING TOGETHER: Some 140 Jewish educators from around the world gathered in Jerusalem this week for the First International Dialog on the Israel Educator. The conference on education in the Jewish Diaspora was cosponsored by the World Zionist Organization, the Chicago-based iCenter for Israel Education and the Israeli government. David Breakstone, WZO vice chairman and initiator of the project, told Haaretz Wednesday the heterogeneous group “is committed to creating a language for Israel education that transcends our differences even as we celebrate them.” He added that a Chabad rabbi told him it was the first time he had ever talked with a Reform Jewish educator and that it had opened a whole new world for him. Fellow New Yorker Marty Davis, Breakstone’s adviser, told Haaretz the idea behind the initiative is that education must precede Israel advocacy, or else the advocacy is moot. He said the group discussed curricula, pedagogy and how to keep in touch to generate new ideas.
Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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