Recently, Yad Rachamim helped a single mother of four pay for additional skills training to improve her employment potential. The young mother, who just turned 30, was also recently diagnosed with a serious hearing problem. She needed an expensive hearing aid, the cost of which was not covered by her insurance plan . Yad Rachamim was able to cover part of the cost of the new device and it was a special day indeed when she demonstrated her new hearing aid and tremendously improved hearing! Yad Rachamim has also recently helped the same mother celebrate a daughter’s birthday by providing new shoes and sponsoring a pizza party. There were lots of smiling faces. We smiled through our tears upon seeing the joy on their faces.
Yad Rachamim recently aided a single mother from Ethiopia when her son was invited by his school to take a first time a trip to Auschwitz. Unable to afford this important opportunity, she called a friend who came to us asking for help on her behalf. Thankfully, we were able to respond and her son was thrilled to participate with his class on this important trip! After his trip, his mother said that she didn’t recognize her son and that she didn’t think a person could change so drastically in the course of just 10 days.
Israel began a series of celebrations marking the 50th year since the liberation of Jerusalem’s Western Wall and Old City with an extraordinary light show Sunday night summarizing the history of the Holy City, with the nation’s president and prime minister in attendance.
The report, which is based on a wide range of data on OECD member countries, shows that Israel holds a high place in various health indicators, with life expectancy and the chance of surviving heart disease, cancer and diabetes is among the highest in the world.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published its main report on the health statistics of the OECD countries on Wednesday, according to which Israel’s average life expectancy places it at the top of its member states, both among men and women. Data pertaining to medical services here are very good as well—placing Israel low on the scale of deaths caused by serious diseases. (Read more: Ynet)
“Israel represents the greatest concentration of innovation and entrepreneurship in the world today,” wrote Dan Senor and Saul Singer in their book, Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, published in 2009.
Their claim remains well-supported: Israel’s surge in high-tech enterprise, though dramatic, has not been sudden.
“By the end of the 1990s, the Israeli high-tech cluster had achieved the same rank as Boston, Helsinki, London, and Kista in Sweden, second only to California’s Silicon Valley,” wrote Catherine de Fontenay of Melbourne University and Erran Carmel of American University in a study, Israel’s Silicon Wadi: The forces behind cluster formation. “At the core of the Israeli cluster lies…software, data communications, electro-optics, hardware design, and internet technologies. Related…industries include medical technology, bio-technology, agricultural technology, materials technology, and military technology.”
Read More at Kehila News Israel
It was a gala with gifts, music and dancing as well as sighs and tears. Each year in Jerusalem, Chabad, an Orthodox Jewish Hasidic movement known worldwide for its outreach, hosts a days-long Hanukkah party for a special group of Israelis. On the evening we visited, it was learning the way in which these guests were special that brought on our tears; the venue was filled with widows and orphans, many of whom if not most were recent victims of terror.
Paris (AFP) – Another 5,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel last year, figures showed Monday, continuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting the community.
The Jewish Agency of Israel issued the update as France marked two years since attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, where four shoppers were shot dead.
Daniel Benhaim, who heads the Israeli-backed group in France, said that insecurity had been a “catalyst” for many Jews who were already thinking of leaving.
The 5,000 departures in 2016 add to the record 7,900 who left in 2015 and 7,231 in 2014. In total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated since 2006, according to figures seen by AFP.
“The aliyah (the act of moving to Israel) of French Jews has been significant over the last decade,” Benhaim told AFP.
There are 2, 436,000 poor people living in the country, accounting for 29.05% of the population, according to the 2016 Alternative Poverty Report the humanitarian aid NGO Latet published on Monday.
A total of 1,412,000 adults and 1,024,000 children live under the poverty line, according to the report.
Latet has issued the Alternative Poverty Report annually for more than a decade, and says it presents a more insightful picture than the National Insurance Institute’s annual survey, as it takes a closer look at the daily struggles of the poor.
Read More (JPOST)
While Rishon LeZion and Petah Tikva have assumed the top spots in a new socio-economic index of major cities in Israel, Jerusalem has dropped to the bottom section of the rankings.
Jerusalem, which has double the population of Tel Aviv, is among the poorest large cities with at least 200,000 residents. The reason for such a low ranking is the large and growing numbers of Orthodox and Arab residents. This is in contrast to Rishon LeZion and Petah Tikva who are seeing large influxes of young, educated people.
Read More, YNET.
From the Jerusalem Post
As Israel prepares to ring in the Jewish New Year, the Central Bureau of Statistics released a report on Tuesday estimating its population on the eve of Rosh Hashana at 8.585 million.
According to the annual report, there are 6.419 million Jewish residents – 74.8 percent of the total population – and the Arab Israeli population stands at 1.786 million, or 20.8% of the country’s inhabitants.