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25 Sivan 5766 - June 21, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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In Israel Children Less Than One Year Old Suffer from Hunger
By Eliezer Rauchberger

In a comparative study with 15 European countries, Bituach Leumi found that Israel ranks second to last in terms of support for children, MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz told a Knesset plenum on Monday as he submitted a no-confidence motion together with NRP-HaIchud HaLeumi in reaction to the poverty affecting many segments of the population.

UTJ Joins Beit Shemesh Coalition
By Betzalel Kahn

UTJ joined the municipal coalition in Beit Shemesh this week after party representatives Rabbi Moshe Montag, Rabbi Dovid Weiner and Rabbi Avrohom Mordechai Berger signed an agreement with Mayor Daniel Vaknin and Likud councilmen.

Thousands of Children of Foreign Workers Made Eligible for Citizenship
By Betzalel Kahn and G. Lazer

The government has made another breach in the walls of Judaism by bringing thousands of non-Jews into Eretz Yisroel by granting citizenship to foreign workers who came to Israel before the age of 14 and have lived here for at least six years. UTJ announced that it strongly objects to the decision.

Hebrew Books: Chareidim are Reading More But Buying Less
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The chareidi reading-book market mirrors the population increase. In recent years the number of Hebrew reading books has nearly tripled, with a large gap between the percentage of readers and the percentage of buyers.

Maayanei Hayeshua Hospital to Launch Maternity Ward with Hotel Conditions
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Maayanei Hayeshua Hospital is scheduled to open a luxury maternity ward planned by an architect who specializes in hotel design. The ward, scheduled to open at the beginning of Av, will be 50 percent larger than standard maternity wards and will be set up to accommodate 42 mothers.

Volunteer Month in Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

Volunteer Month opened in Jerusalem last week with over 30,000 volunteers working at dozens of organizations and municipal departments and serving needy segments of the population in the areas of welfare, community services, health care, immigrant absorption, etc.

Young Woman Disguised as Chareidi Stole Dozens of Purses
By Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem Police arrested a young woman who disguised herself as a chareidi woman and stole dozens of purses from chareidi and other religious women.

Mayor Rabbi Lupoliansky Leads Integrity Survey
by Betzalel Kahn

The International Transparency Organization of Israel, which works to advance transparency and public ethics, released the results of a survey entitled Integrity in Local Government conducted by Dachaf in the country's larger cities. Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky received the highest marks with 70 percent of city residents indicating a favorable opinion and stood out for his honesty.

Wine Association to be Set Up to Encourage Exports
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Aiming to double wine exports to the US within three years, 20-30 wineries have joined to form the Israel Wine Association, said Exports Institute Director Yechiel Asia. In 2005 wine exports to North America came to $7.5 million.

The Admor of Modzhitz zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

Led by gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos, admorim, rabbonim and Modzhitz Chassidim, thousands crowded the streets of Bnei Brak to take part in the levaya of HaRav Yisroel Don Taub, the Admor of Modzhitz zt"l, who was summoned to Yeshiva Shel Maaloh on Friday 20 Sivan, 5766 at the age of 78.

Over 7,500 Students to Participate in Bnei Brak Summer Camps
By A. Cohen

Over 7,500 students from Bnei Brak Municipality schools and kindergartens will take part in summer camps at the beginning of the summer break. Following last year's high enrollment for various municipal summer camps, Mayor Rabbi Yissochor Frankentahl decided to expand the program to allow more students to participate.

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