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9 Tammuz 5759 - June 23, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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UTJ MKs Work for Arrested Iranian Jews
New Arrests in Iran Rumored
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and Mordecai Plaut

Members of the Federation of Former Iranians in Israel said that it is rumored that an additional wave of arrests of Jews in Iran has occurred. This statement was made at a meeting between the organization's head and Chief Rabbi of Israel Yisroel Meir Lau. Family members of the arrested Jews were also invited to attend that meeting, but they did not come.

Immigrants 25 and Over are Not Drafted Due to Budgetary Considerations
by Aryeh Zisman

Immigrants from the CIS who are age 25 and older are not drafted into the Israeli army due to budgetary considerations, even if they want to serve. This was already disclosed two years ago, and the security system is aware of it. Former Chief of Staff, Amnon Lipkin Shachak confirmed this week that immigrants are not drafted, and said that the reason for this policy is indeed budgetary.

Study Reveals: Income in Bnei Brak, Ofakim, Beitar Illit and Emanuel Among Country's Lowest
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a study of the socioeconomic level of Israel's residential centers, the country's three largest cities were ranked as middle and high. Jerusalem was placed in group 5; Tel Aviv- Yaffo in group 8; and Haifa in group 7 (group 1 is lowest; group 10 is highest). These findings were derived from the analysis of a series of socioeconomic factors. Additional large cities were also classed as medium-high: Rishon Letzion- 8, Holon-7, Petach Tikvah-7, Beersheva-5, and Netanya-6.

Bnei Brak Municipality To Hold Courses for Professional Training
by A. Cohen

The Department for Social Services of the Bnei Brak Municipality and the city's Employment Services are conducting a series of new courses in the areas of religious services and hi-tech professions. The courses, which will offer professional training to the chareidi populace of the city, aim to promote suitable employment solutions and help large families increase their earnings.

Charge Beit Shemesh Mayor Discriminates Against the Chareidi Community
by Betzalel Kahn

The mayor is following a policy of discrimination against the chareidim and seeks to establish ghettos for their community, claim chareidi officials in Beit Shemesh. These claims are a result of Mayor Dani Vaknin's continual abuse of the chareidi community of the city and his stubborn refusal to allocate areas for building chareidi schools.

Ancient Bones Desecrated by Archaeologists are Reburied
by Betzalel Kahn

A group of volunteers on behalf of the Federation for the Prevention of the Desecration of Graves displayed considerable mesiras nefesh and cherdas kodesh last week, when they reburied a vast quantity of bones of our ancestors. The bones had been desecrated and crushed by archaeologists in a most disgraceful manner.

Police Stop Knife Fight Among Secular Jerusalem Elementary School Students
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A number of students from the fifth and sixth grades of two Jerusalem secular state elementary schools were summoned for questioning by the Jerusalem Police Moriah station. The summons took place following information received by the Police about a knife fight the students were planning to hold.

A Virtual Jew?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A woman in Romania has applied to the Interior Ministry to come on aliya on the basis of an Internet "conversion," the ministry announced.

It said that the woman, whose husband is not Jewish, had applied to come together with him and their children. The "conversion," whose validity the ministry does not accept, was carried out by an American rabbi, the ministry said.

Chief Rabbinate Revokes Yachdav Fruit Warehouse Kashrus Certificate
by Betzalel Kahn

Recently, considerable strife has been reported between the country's Co-op food (Blue Square) marketing network and the Yachdav fruit warehouses. The issue concerns suitable kashrus arrangements for produce marketed by Yachdav to the Co-op's hundred branches throughout the country. Last week, Yachdav's representatives met with the Rabbinate and the kashrus committees associated with the company's central warehouse.

Reduction in Comprehensive Car Insurance Rates
by S. Fried

Ma'ariv reports that the Menorah and the Hachsharat Hayishuv Insurance companies have announced that they are lowering their rates for comprehensive car insurance by 10%. The directors of the companies explained that the lowering of the rates is due to the decrease in car thefts, and the stabilization of the rate of theft at a relatively low level.

Japanese Delegation Tours Yad Sarah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A delegation from the Japanese Embassy in Israel, headed by Katzyoshi Hiashi, advisor to Japan's ambassador in Israel, toured the Yad Sarah institutions last week. The purpose of their visit was to familiarize themselves with Yad Sarah's services and examine the possibilities of collaboration between Yad Sarah and Japanese health and welfare agencies.

The Eitz Hadaas School System is Growing by Leaps and Bounds
by Betzalel Kahn

The staff of the Eitz Hadaas educational network is working overtime in order to accommodate the hundreds of parents who are registering their children in its kindergartens and day care centers for the new school year. This network functions under the full guidance of gedolei Yisroel.

His'orerus Rally in Memory of HaRav Mordechai Shakovitzki zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

A his'orerus rally was held last week n commemoration of the first yahrtzeit of HaRav Mordechai Shakovitzki, who had been the rav of Jerusalem's Arzei Habirah neighborhood. The rally was held in Arzei Habirah's beis medrash.

National Water Carrier Celebrates 35 Years
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last week marked 35 years since the installation of Israel's National Water Carrier, a large public works project that brings water from Lake Kinneret in the north to the rest of the country.

New Road Safety Campaign
by S. Fried

"Death is the Penalty for Traffic Crimes" is currently the lead slogan of the National Authority for Road Safety's new publicity campaign.

The three-month campaign will focus on a number of the main causes of fatal traffic accidents.

A Breakthrough In Treating Head Injuries, Explosive Anger Problems, and Learning Disabilities
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On the 6th of Tammuz, Ellen Saxby, a world expert in the field of Biofeedback will visit Jerusalem. With more than 30 years experience in a field which began treating only physical pain and bodily control issues, she now works mainly with EEG Brainwave Biofeedback.

Rabbi Tzvi Schwartz Vs. the Reform Movement
by Moshe Schapiro

Judging by the number of flyers distributed and posters hung, Rechovot City Hall should have been overrun by hordes of enraged residents and reduced to a smoldering ruin. But at six o'clock -- a full hour after the protest was meant to begin -- the building was still standing, and there were no more than four or five youths loitering in the foyer. One of them held a bullhorn self-consciously and stood next to a pile of shiny new placards stacked against the wall.

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