Israeli teens commemorate Theodor Herzl, father of modern Zionism; Israel welcomes 121 Ukranian immigrants; World Zionist Organization awards 3 inspiring women; and more!
By Michael Ordman
THE JEWISH STATE
Herzl inspires forever
I briefly mentioned previously (Nov 2015) the Israel Forever Foundation. It has just launched the “My Herzl International Youth Essay Competition,” to mark the anniversary of Theodor Herzl’s passing. Teens worldwide, aged 13 to 17, are invited to write about their vision for continuing Herzl’s dream.
Awards for three inspiring women Zionists
The World Zionist Organization honored Ilana Metzger, Joy Wolfe (StandWithUs UK President and VeryGoodNewsIsrael supporter) and Ruth Jacobs for their Zionist activism by awarding them Golden Golda Awards – named after former Israeli premier Golda Meir.
Abramovich helps turn back the desert
Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich has made a large donation to KKL-JNF to help afforestation, forest rehabilitation and fight desertification in the Negev. The gift will also fund a new forest dedicated to Lithuanian Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.
Israel welcomes 121 Ukrainian Olim
A special flight, organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, brought 121 new immigrants to Israel from the Ukraine. They were welcomed at a special ceremony attended by Israel’s Prime Minister, the Absorption Minister and the president of the IFCJ Yael Eckstein.
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