Category Archives: Israel

Israel Update: 22 September 2016

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by Hazel Green


Israel is helping the people of the Syrian villages on the other side of the fence in the Golan Heights. The IDF has set up a unit in the Golan to coordinate assistance to the villages – evacuating wounded to Israeli hospitals and providing medicine, food, clothing and blankets in the winter…These efforts assist the behind-the-scenes volunteer work of Israeli NGOs helping to save lives in Syria.

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Dror For the Wounded Concert

by Hazel Green

Dror For the Wounded Foundation, an Israeli charity which provides financial assistance to severely wounded Israeli soldiers, held its inaugural UK event in our synagogue last Thursday.

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Dror for the Wounded

Kingston Synagogue are hosting an event – 23 June 2016 – to raise funds and awareness for a very worthy cause.

Dror for the Wounded (DrorFoundation.orgwas started by a wounded IDF soldier, Dror Dagan. Initially thought to be dead, he survived. Although paralysed and in a wheelchair, he is now married and has two children.

Dror for the Wounded raises money and allots grants for conventional and non-conventional methods of rehabilitation: helping with college tuition, or a new laptop for a hospital-bound solider, or even new prosthetics.

The flyer below provides more information, including the website address to apply for tickets.




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.


Postcard from Israel: 12 November 2015

Hazel Green has provided a “postcard” instead of her usual Israel Update.

Sadly the wave of terror attacks in Israel continues – there were three on Tuesday alone.

London Mayor Boris Johnson visiting Israel to promote economic and technology links with London charmed Israelis both with his jokes and unequivocal condemnation of anti-Israel boycotts. He also toured holy sites in Jerusalem.

However his trip to Ramallah was truncated as two of his meetings were called off – at least one of them in protest at his views.

This week saw the 40th anniversary of  the passing of the infamous UN General Assembly “Zionism is Racism” resolution, which was only rescinded 16 years later. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN at the time was Chaim Herzog (later President) and his speech made at that time is as pertinent today as it was in November 1975. Full text here:

Lots more news including the E.U. labelling issue which I will try to cover in next week’s update.

Israel Update 23 July 2015

By Hazel Green

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Four members of a seven member Hamas cell who allegedly fired on a car last month, killing Malachy Rosenfeld (25) and wounding 3 others, have been arrested. Rosenfeld was the sixth Israeli killed in attacks carried out or planned by Palestinians released under the Shalit deal since April 2014.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hailed ties between his country and Israel and railed against “stupid” boycotts in a speech to the Knesset


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Yom Ha’atzmaut 2015

by Hazel Green

KSDS hosted 120 revellers from all over London and Surrey yesterday (22 April) to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut.

The Rabbi began with a solemn Yom HaZikaron ceremony followed by shira b’tzibur (community singing) and rikudei am (Israeli folk dancing). Live music was provided by Shir, a London-based group specialising in Israeli and Jewish music (


Dancers, singers and cheerleaders alike maintained their energy levels thanks to the Israeli-style buffet, featuring falafel with hummus and tahini in pita bread.

Plaudits for the catering go to Kingston WIZO,  and for the superb overall organisation to Jill Prager.

Yom ha’Zikaron and Yom ha’Atzmaut

A reminder from our rabbi: Our annual Yom ha’Zikaron commemoration and Yom ha’Atzmaut celebration will be held in the shul 22 April 2015, Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.

Yom ha’Zikaron remembers the members of the Israeli Defence Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending their country.

Yom ha’Atzmaut celebrates Israeli Independence and marks the beginning of the end of our 2000 year exile as G-d brought His people home.

There will be singing, Israel dancing and (of course) Israeli cuisine.

A tenner on the door, zilch for children and students.

Israel Active

Michael Ordman’s Israel Good News email has expanded: the new is Ordman’s  on-line database of positive news stories from Israel.  Now, notes Adam Nakar,  you can easily search and retrieve news from his collected articles about all the beneficial work that Israel is doing on every subject and in every part of the world.