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2 Sivan 5768 - June 5, 2008 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Holocaust Claims Committee to Grant 1,315 Survivors Restitution Grants
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Tel Aviv District Court ruled that the Israel Claims Committee must pay 1,315 Holocaust victims a total sum of NIS 13.5 million ($4 million) or NIS 14,500 ($4,500) per claimant after neglecting to carry out its task by not informing them of the proper procedure to receive restitution grants from the German government. A claim by another 550 survivors was rejected because the statute of limitations had expired.

Baghdad Jewish Population Less Than a Minyan
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Jewish population of Baghdad, which numbered 130,000 five decades ago, is now down to less than a minyan according to a New York Times report. The handful of Jews remaining in the Iraqi capital live in fear and are very reluctant to have their names published or be interviewed in person.

Searching for the Jewish Past in Djerba
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

El Ghriba, an ancient synagogue on the island of Djerba about 500 km (300 miles) from Tunis, was packed with mispallelim this year. Like every year thousands of Jews, most of Tunisian descent, streamed to Djerba for Lag B'Omer to search the lost past of the isle of chachmei haTorah of 250 years ago.

Budapest Jews Troubled by Cultural and Political Antisemitism
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Jews in Budapest want to continue living as Hungarians. According to the International Herald Tribune both religious and assimilated Jews have been suffering from various forms of persecution. A shattered glass front of an ad agency in the Jewish quarter serves as a grim reminder of the doubled rate of cultural and political antisemitism.

Mifal HaShas Launches Annual Fundraising Drive
By A. Cohen

Members of the Mifal HaShas Haolami Executive Board made a round of visits to the homes of gedolei Yisroel to start off the annual fundraising drive. They received warm welcomes, generous contributions and blessings for success in the fundraising drive for their great work toward promoting Torah study.

Israeli Companies Enlist to Support Tishma, a School for Autistic Students
By Yechiel Sever

Major Israeli companies are enlisting to help Tishma, a school and center for autistic children, as part of the firms' involvement in community projects.

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