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 Miriam Zehavi -The first Israeli ambassador on Global Wellness Day


For the first time ever, Global Wellness Day will be represented by an Israeli ambassador.


Miriam Zehavi, the president of the international cosmetics company 'Christina' was chosen as Israel's first ambassador of the Global Wellness Day- a social project of cross-border volunteering, which is an established non-profit to encourage and increase public awareness of a healthier, balanced lifestyle.

The international Global Wellness Day festival is celebrated every year in 100 countries worldwide during the second week of June and is dedicated entirely for the sake of physical and mental health. Many countries have made the day into a public holiday.

This year, Global Wellness Day will celebrate experiential activities, massages, facials, health workshops, yoga classes, lectures together with other countries at the Synergy Spa Hotel Ein Gedi, Dead Sea.

Miriam Zehavi the president of 'Cristina', an International Israeli cosmetics company- carries the banner of excellence in the field of beauty and aesthetics. The company was founded by Mary and Joseph Zehavi in ​​1982. Today the intent is the chosen method used "to produce an Israeli Industry" Israel established a huge factory which produces over 350 different cosmetic products which are marketed in over 57 countries worldwide .



 Photo Shlomi Arbib  










President Rivlin addresses ceremony honoring 2016 Wolf Prize recipients


President Reuven Rivlin this evening (Thursday) at the Knesset addressed the award ceremony for the 2016 Wolf Prize. He then welcomed the recipients for a special reception in their honor, held at the President's Residence.


President Rivlin congratulated the recipients and said, "The Wolf Prize, rewards professional and academic achievements, however, it stands for much more. It celebrates humanity; it promotes solidarity, and it shows that cooperation in the fields of science can overcome barriers and borders, and bring people together."


The President stressed, "We live in a world where politics plays a major role. But we must be careful not to destroy science and art for the sake of politics. An academic boycott is not just bad for Israel, it is shameful for science. Cooperation, not boycott, is the way to go forward, to find new ways to build trust between Israelis and Palestinians."


The President turned to the prize recipients and said, "You stand at the cutting edge of science, research, and creativity. You dedicate your lives to discovery. You are working to make this world a better place. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I thank each and every one of you."


The Wolf Prize is awarded annually to outstanding scientists and artists for achievements in the interest  of mankind and friendly relations among peoples. This year, the recipients were:

In the field of architecture, Phyllis Lambert of Canada, her role in the realization of seminal innovative buildings, exemplary urban regeneration projects and leading research institutes.


In the field of agriculture 2016, Trudy Frances Charlene Mackay from the Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, for her pioneering studies on the genetic architecture of complex traits and the discovery of fundamental principles of quantitative genetics with broad applications for agricultural improvements.


In the field of chemistry, Prof. Kyriacos.C. Nicolaou of the Department of Chemistry, at Rice University, Houston, for advancing the field of chemical synthesis to the extremes of molecular complexity, linking structure and function, and expanding our dominion over the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine. And also to Prof. Stuart L. Schreiber, of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University for pioneering chemical insights into the logic of signal transduction and gene regulation that led to important, new therapeutics, and for advancing chemical biology and medicine through the discovery of small-molecule probes.


In the field of physics, to Prof. Yoseph Imry, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, for pioneering studies of the physics of mesoscopic and random systems.


In the field of medicine, to Prof. Lewis Cantley, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York for his discovery of phosphoinositide-3 kinases and their roles in physiology and disease. And toProf. C. Ronald Kahn, Harvard Medical School for his for pioneering studies defining insulin signaling and its alterations in disease.




 Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)












Today, B’nai B’rith World Center and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael held a unique Holocaust Day ceremony marking the heroism of Jewish rescuers:


This year the Ceremony was dedicated to commemorating the rescue efforts of "The Bialystok children Angel", Shmuil Markowitz Pevzner, a Jewish teacher and educator whom assisted many children during the war


Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and B’nai B’rith held today the 14th Yom Hashoah ceremony (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The ceremony is unique in the world and is dedicated to appreciate the efforts, and instilling the heritage, of Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The ceremony was held in the forest of the martyrs in Jerusalem, and was devoted to gratitude the work of Samuel Markowitz Pevzner RIP, a teacher and an educator who helped Jewish children during the Holocaust.


According to testimonies of survivors, Shmuel Markovitz Pevsner served as Director of the Polish camp of Soviet Scouts ("Pioneers") in the Lithuanian town of Droscaninki when Nazi Germany launched an offensive against the territories of Poland and Lithuania which were controlled by the Soviet Union.


He was responsible for the evacuation of about 300 Jewish kids, of whom approximately 140 were Jewish children from the Bielistok area ("Children of Bialystok"), to the Soviet Union during the battle between Germany and the Soviet Union thus saving their lives. Pevzner established a house for children and with the help of the authorities kept their general education and physical deficiencies despite the emergency, extreme cold in the Urals and emotional difficulties of children.


Danny Atar, Chairman of the KKL-JNF said today at the ceremony: "It is appropriate that these days where divisions among us are escalating and dialogue between various groups in society gets extreme, we remember the spirit of solidarity represented by Shmuel Markowitz Pevsner, who kept us safe even in the most difficult times, lifted us out of the crematorium and ashes and led us to fulfill the Zionist dream of a State of Israel.


It is preferable to have a dialogue even if we don't agree on everything, but it is important to remember that ultimately the common goal of all of us is the prosperity of the State of Israel. This goal could be achieved only if we keep the same spirit which our people discovered during the hardest of times ".


Dr. Haim V. Katz, B’nai B’rith World Center Chairman said that "Today we make historic justice with Samuel Markowitz Pevzner. We as representatives of the Jewish people- praise his accomplishments and commemorate his memory, through his family, by awarding him the "Jewish Rescuers Citation ".


The Kaddish at the ceremony read Ofer Cohen, father of a soldier from the Border Guard ("Mishmar Hagvul"), Hadar Cohen, who was killed in the terror attack at Damascus Gate, and said "My heart is bloody this day standing with soldiers from the Border Guard which were with my daughter when she was murdered. The statement "We will not be led like sheep to the slaughter" turned a gentle and smiley girl into a brave warrior. I ask the military commanders of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to educate new generations of fighters in Hadar's heritage ".


During the ceremony, Esther Reyes Mosel, A member in the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers during the Holocaust (JRJ), and Alan Schneider, Director of B'nai B'rith, gave the "“Jewish Rescuers Citation” to Dr. Mark Pevzner, son of Samuel Pevzner RIP, recognizing his father's achievements. The Citation was granted to other Jewish families who helped Jews during the HolocaustHella Rufeisen-SchuepperSimcha Honwald RIP, Esther Tzdikrio Maestro RIP, Wanda (Bella) Rothenberg RIP, Miriam Peleg and Mordechai Ben-Zvi, Dizzy Hlgoah Aruch RIP.


The event was held at the Martyr's Forest –which memorializes the victims of the Holocaust with 6 million trees planted in their memory. The trees act as living memorial candles for the memory of the perished.


Across the forest are located many tombstones for the memory of destroyed Jewish communities in Europe as well as monuments: the B'nai B'rith cave, “Scroll of Fire” monument, Anna Frank monument and more. 


Photo Credit: Avi Hayun

Photo Caption: from left to right Alan Schneider, B'nai B'rith World Center directorDr. Mark Pevzner, son of Samuel PevznerDanny Atar, Chairman of the KKL-JNF; H.E Alexander SheinRussian ambassador to Israel; Dr. Haim V. KatzB’nai B’rith World Center Chairman; Ofer Cohen, father of Hadar Cohen Rip which was murdered in a terror attack in Damascus Gate earlier this year; Shimon Dadon, Commander of the Border Guard Training base.







Inauguration of the Moshe Mirilashvili Center for Research on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union at Yad Vashem


On 9 May 2016, Yad Vashem inaugurated the Moshe Mirilashvili Center for Research on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, under the auspices of its world-renowned International Institute for Holocaust Research.


The Center was endowed by Michael and Laura Mirilashvili in memory of Michael's father Moshe. Alongside Michael and Laura Miriliashvili and their family, honored guests at the dedication ceremony included MK Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset; MK Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Immigration and Absorption and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage; Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate; Rabbi David Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel; Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, The Rishon LeZion, Chief Rabbi of Israel and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council; H.E. Mr Alexander Shein, Ambassador of Russia to Israel; and H.E. Mr Paata Kalandadze, Ambassador of Georgia to Israel.


The event commenced with a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, followed by the unveiling of a plaque in the Square of Hope. The inauguration ceremony itself took place in the Yad Vashem Synagogue.


Recalling the terrible events at Babi Yar, Avner Shalev declared: "Research is a vital component in processing the loss. It is imperative in building a consciousness of remembrance, and afterwards, to creating an identity that can comprehend the terrible rupture in the history of the Jewish people and the whole of humanity... Michael Mirilashvili - a man of vision - understands this, and extended his help so that together we could establish this Center, which will lead global academic research in the coming years and ensure the continued development of our mission."


Following the opening of major and local archives in the Former Soviet Union in the early 1990s, multi-disciplinary research into the wartime fate of the Jews in the USSR began to flourish. With the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group, the European Jewish Fund and other donors, for the past several years Yad Vashem has invested efforts into researching the history of the Jews living in the Soviet Union before, during and after the Holocaust. The Mirilashvili Center is set to consolidate and augment these endeavors of Yad Vashem and lead groundbreaking global academic discourse in this field, strengthening ties with relevant researchers and organizations, encouraging international scholarly cooperation and advancing pioneering research in all related areas for many years to come.


Dr. Iael Nidam Orvietto, Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, gave an overview of current and future projects on which the Center will focus its efforts. Headed by Dr. Arkadi Zeltser, a world-renowned scholar of the Holocaust in the FSU, the Center will launch new areas of investigation, such as inter-ethnic relations between Jews and non-Jews in the Soviet Union during the Holocaust, and continue the Research Institute's ongoing projects in the field, such as "The Untold Stories" - an online investigation of the murder sites of the Jews in the Nazi-occupied territories of the FSU and "Jews in the Red Army" - an online database of Jewish soldiers who fought in the Soviet Army during World War II. The Center will also initiate international conferences and workshops in which it will present its research findings to senior and young scholars alike; and publish academic studies, articles, testimonies and collections of relevant archival documents for the benefit of the worldwide research community.


"Thanks to the generous support of the Mirilashvili family, we are now moving into a much more meaningful and systematic phase in various research projects regarding the Holocaust of the Jews in the Soviet Union," explained Dr. Nidam Orvietto."This new Center is both innovative and vital, and without doubt will contribute significantly to Holocaust research both around the world and specifically in Israel."


Before receiving the Key to Yad Vashem from Chairman Shalev, an emotional Michael Mirilashvili recounted his beloved father, in whose name the Center is dedicated: "I know that my father is looking down from the Garden of Eden and would be proud of this new initiative," he said. "The topic of the Shoah was something that I spoke about with him often; he lost his uncle during the Holocaust and he certainly understood the importance of the work of Yad Vashem and especially research focused on the Holocaust in the areas of occupied Soviet Union."


Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research stands at the forefront of scholarly study on the Holocaust, providing comprehensive infrastructure for further investigation into this calamitous period in human history. The Research Institute is dedicated to advancing international research regarding the Shoah and fostering cooperative projects among academic institutions, as well as encouraging young scholars in their studies.


Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, was established in 1953. Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust commemoration, documentation, research and education. www.yadvashem.org



 Memorial Service in the Hall of Remembrance in the presence of Chairman Avner Shalev, Michael and Laura Mirilashvili, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Minister Zeev Elkin, Rabbi David Lau, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, and Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Directorate Arie Zukerman











IDF Responds to Fire from the Gaza Strip


Overnight, in response to the ongoing attacks against Israeli forces, an IAF aircraft targeted four Hamas terrorist infrastructure sites in the northern Gaza Strip.

Since May 3rd, 2016, Hamas has repeatedly fired and launched mortar rounds and rockets against forces during operational defensive activities adjacent to the security fence with the Gaza Strip.


Lt. Col. Peter Lerner IDF spokesman: “Our efforts to locate and destroy the Hamas terror tunnel network are our main priority due to the serious threat to the lives and wellbeing of Israeli civilians. The IDF does not, and will not, tolerate any attempt to threaten the lives of the people of Southern Israel and is determined to continue to foil any attempt to do so. Hamas' continued aggression jeopardizes the people's mutual interest and right to a calm and quiet normal life, our activities are intended to restore the quiet and negate the threat."