Monthly Archives: May 2016

Israel Update: 26 May 2016

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by Hazel Green


Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne came to Israel on a five-day trade mission together with 130 government officials, academics, scientists and business leaders.  Two-way trade in 2015 between Israel and Ontario was almost $1 billion, making Israel Ontario’s fifth largest trading partner. Premier Wynne signed 18 new agreements and partnerships valued at $87 million.

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JULY 14TH (7.00pm in Kochav Yair)

Over the years many Kingstonians have made Aliyah from the 1970’s and also the Shlechim who were with us in the 70s & 80s.

We are planning our second reunion (the last one was over 10 years ago) and would like to receive information from you of any family members or anyone from the community who you know that now lives in Israel.

We know of the following extended families – Atkins, Berkovitches, Jacksons, Blooms, Hellermans, Lyons, Henleys, Kingleys, Grabmans, Beckers, Homers, Marks, Baharias, Sterlings, Sprigers, Ofirs, Kroziers, Azerias.

Also those who happen to be visiting Israel are welcome to join us.

Sharon Katz (Berkovitch) has set up a Whatsapp group on 972-54-7718665 or Contact Mark Hellerman by Email: for more information.


Israel Update: 18 May 2016

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by Hazel Green

This edition was posted a day early. Normal publication is Thursday.

Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID helped many of the 90,000 evacuees from the wildfire in Alberta, Canada. IsraAID volunteers provided social and psychological support. Once the fires have been extinguished another IsraAID team will go in to help clean up the debris. Read more

Yom Ha’atzmaut at KSDS

by Hazel Green

We hosted more than 80 revellers from all over London and Surrey  to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut on Thursday. [Photos are on our Zenfolio website.] Read more

Israel Update: 12 May 2016

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by Hazel Green


Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism began at sundown Tuesday remembering 23,447 young men and women who perished in defence of the country. Read more

Israel Update: 5 May 2016

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by Hazel Green


Sliman, 3, from Gaza, had developed a benign tumour which caused a malformation in his spine and posed a risk of permanent paralysis. After a rare procedure performed at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem, the boy was released from the hospital walking on his own. Read more


by David Lawson

(This article originally appeared in The Definite Article, edited by KSDS member Lawrence Kingsley.)

So what is interesting about Ostrava?

We know that KSDS has a sefer torah that came originally from Ostrava, so that gives us some slight connection with, and interest in, Ostrava but what makes it interesting? Read more