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Ramat Gan boats first daycare for children with cancer; Normalization increases between Israel and the Arab Gulf states; Ambassador David Friedman packs food for the needy in Jerusalem; and much more!

By Michael Ordman

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

World’s first daycare for cancer kids

Israel’s “Daycare of Dreams,” is known as the “world’s first sterile educational and recovery center” for children with cancer. For its 35 children, it’s the first time they can play with other kids. And, for the 80% that heal, it prepares them to re-integrate into society.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-israel-a-sterile-kindergarten-built-so-cancer-patients-can-just-be-kids/

Extraordinary times in Israel-Arab relations

Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, President Rabbi Marc Schneier, describes his work bringing understanding and normalization between Israel and the Arab Gulf states: “We’re living in extraordinary times,” and “you cannot separate out Israel from Judaism”, he states.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/256446

US Ambassador packs food for the needy

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife, Tammy, helped package food for needy families at a charity in Jerusalem. 40 employees of the US embassy in Jerusalem volunteered to lend a hand at Colel Chabad’s Pantry Packers that supports 8,500 Israeli families of all religions.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/256059

40% of Israeli-Arab women employed

The employment rate of Israeli Arab women rose by 3.8% in 2018, following a 2.5% increase in 2017. Almost 40% of Arab women are employed, two years ahead of the Israeli government’s target for 2020. The Taub report attributes the increase to higher education levels.
https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-arab-womens-employment-up-sharply-to-nearly-40-1001267120

Israeli-sponsored community center in South Africa

Israel’s ambassador to South Africa unveiled a luxurious community center in Johannesburg. The community center will benefit 400 children in one of the toughest neighborhoods – in the town of Soweto, on the outskirts of South Africa’s biggest city.
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5419932,00.html

What is Israel doing in Indonesia?

The IsraAID team is working to restore access to safe water for an entire community of more than 300 families – over 1,400 people. It also led hygiene promotion training at elementary schools, and distributed education and household supply kits to many families who lost their homes.
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-humanitarian-aid-continues-in-indonesia/2018/12/18/

Israeli PM receives Brazil’s highest honor

As soon as Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s President, he went over to hug Benjamin Netanyahu, making the first visit to Brazil by an Israeli Prime Minister. He also awarded him the National Order of the Southern Cross – Brazil’s most prestigious medal for foreign dignitaries.
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/WATCH-Inauguration-of-Brazilian-President-Bolsonaro-Netanyahu-to-speak-576047  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdxf_tD183M

Israeli moonshot to contain the best of humanity

On Israel’s Feb 2019 moon mission, the landing vehicle will carry Israel’s Declaration of Independence and national anthem; the Bible; the memories of a Holocaust survivor; children’s drawings of space and the moon; art, science, tech and literature; and the Traveler’s Prayer. https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/first-private-israeli-lunar-mission-beresheet-to-launch-in-february/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-moon-bound-craft-to-carry-holocaust-survivor-story-and-best-of-humanity/

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