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BOOKS OF THE BIBLE: Three Anglos have been appointed to editorial positions at the 50-year-old Koren Publishers Jerusalem and two of its divisions, according to publisher Matthew Miller. British-born Gila Fine has been appointed editor in chief of Maggid Books, Koren's "Jewish thought" division. Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, a native of Scarsdale, New York, and author of the recently published "Majesty and Humility: The Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik" (2012: Urim Publications ), will serve as chairman of the Koren editorial board and oversee Maggid's Bible titles and its new "Yedid Nefesh" imprint for Jewish spirituality. Sheryl Abbey of New Jersey and New York has been appointed editorial director of The Toby Press (English ), Koren's fiction/nonfiction trade books division. Raphael Freeman of Leeds, UK, was appointed Koren's executive editor earlier this year. (Mordechai I. Twersky )

THE JEWISH PEOPLE'S GREATEST ASSET: Over 200 Anglo activists, new immigrants and tourists participated yesterday in a fact-finding tour of the Negev sponsored by Regavim, a nonprofit research institute based in Jerusalem that promotes the responsible use of Israel's national lands. The bus tour, which stopped in the Bedouin villages of Lakiya and Hura, was part of a two-day event that began on Wednesday with a public forum in which Yuli Edelstein, minister of public diplomacy and Diaspora affairs, spoke about efforts to combat illegal building in the Negev. Jeff Daube, Israel director of the Zionist Organization of America, served as the master of ceremonies. According to Ari Briggs, Regavim's Australian-born international director, there are 2,100 illegal Bedouin settlements on state-owned land. "We'd like to do more of these trips to show people how at the end of the day the government isn't protecting the Jewish people's greatest asset, which is the national lands of the state of Israel," Briggs said. (Andrew Esensten )

PARLIAMENTARIANS PARLEY: Christian parliamentarians from North America and the United Kingdom were among legislators from 17 countries attending a two-day conference this week in Jerusalem sponsored by the Israel Allies Foundation. "My visit is reflective of my commitment to support Israel and to do everything possible that I can to make sure that we all, as a world community, protect the security and the stability of the State of Israel," U.S. Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona told Anglo File. Other Anglo participants included Canadian MP James D. Lunney and Lord Simon Reading, former member of Britain's House of Lords. The Foundation is headed by former Israeli MK Rabbi Benny Elon and aims to engage international parliamentarians and legislators in support of Israel's "right to exist in peace within secure borders," according to its website. (Mordechai I. Twersky )


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