South African, Dutch Olim Sign Cooperation Agreement

British Ambassador David Quarrey held a ceremony to commemorate Remembrance Sunday at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ramle.

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DUTCH CONNECTION: Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation in Israel, and Irgoen Olei Holland, which supports Dutch-Israeli immigrants, signed an agreement of cooperation at the Knesset on Monday in the presence of senior Immigrant Absorption Ministry officials. IOH Chairman Ephraim Eisenmann spoke of the connection of Dutch Jews to South Africa since the first landing of Jan van Riebeck in 1652. Telfed Chairman Maish Isaacson said that providing assistance to Dutch immigrants fits the Telfed vision of contributing to Israeli society. “The South African Jewish community does feel a connection to Dutch Jewry through the South African language – Afrikaans,” Telfed’s Dorron Kline told Haaretz on Wednesday before heading to South Africa. Dudy Jacobs, Telfed’s Dutch-speaking counselor, will be the contact person for immigrants from The Netherlands.

REMEMBERING THE DEAD: British Ambassador David Quarrey held a ceremony to commemorate Remembrance Sunday at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ramle.  The service, attended by over 300 people, remembered those who fell in the two world wars. Diplomats laid over 30 wreaths to honor the dead, according to Sam Lewis, chairman of the Association of Jewish ex-Servicemen in Israel. “Today we remember the unimaginable sacrifice of successive generations who fought for freedom,” said Ambassador Quarrey, who laid the first wreath at the cemetery’s Jewish area. “A very beautiful thing he said was that he thanked the guys who looked after the cemetery who kept in so beautiful out of respect of the guys lying there,” London-born Lewis, who served in the Royal Artillery Corps in the 1950s, told Haaretz on Wednesday.

RECYCLING FOR CHARITY: Two years ago, London-native Jo Maissel conceived a way to combine her love of recycling and reusing with philanthropy by creating the Modi’in Clothes Swap, in which women donate good quality clothes and accessories, donate 50 shekels and pick new clothes. “It’s a win-win situation,” Maissel, a nature and ecology guide, told Haaretz on Wednesday. “You get to clear out your clothes, people are happy to get new clothes at reasonable prices, and the money goes to tzedakah [charity].” This year’s swap, which runs November 19-21, benefits Home for Life, a project to build an independent living facility for 24 young autistic adults in Modi’in. South African-Israeli couple Muki Jankelowitz and Mandy Bortz, whose 19-year-old son Shaked is autistic, are helping to raise funds for the project. For more info, email Joannamaissel@gmail.com.

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