Thursday, June 27, 2013

Entrevista a Jack Fuchs, sobreviviente del Holocausto en Basta de todo, Radio Metro



Matías Martin entrevistó a Jack Fucks en su programa de Radio Metro Basta de todo.

Jack Fuchs es sobreviviente de la Shoa. Vive en Buenos Aires.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Feria del Libro Judío 2013 en la SHA


Desde el 27 de junio al 4 de julio de 2013 en la Sociedad Hebraica Argentina, en Sarmiento 2233, Buenos Aires.
Participarán entre más de treinta personalidades los escritores Marcelo Birmajer, Ana María Shua, Silvia Plager y Diana Sperling , el filósofo Santiago Kovadloff, y la periodista Fanny Mandelbaum.

Programa de actividades de la Feria del Libro Judío 2013

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Existe la pareja perfecta? Charla para jóvenes en el Lazo


EL AMOR Y LA PAREJA
25 de junio a las 20.30hs 
conferencia con el Rabino Shlomo Levy sobre mitos y verdades entre "él y ella".
Habrá Snacks y refrigerio! — en El Lazo, Pasaje El Lazo 3133

Confirmar asistencia.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

La Miss Israel 2013 de origen etíope conoció a Obama y visitó su aldea natal en Etiopía

19 de junio de 2013
Por Rafael Arazi desde Israel para Kosherlat

Titi Aynaw, es el nombre de la flamante Reina de Belleza de Israel 2013. Llegó de Etiopía a los 12 años, huérfana de padre y madre, luego de un muy azaroso itinerario. Titi tiene la piel del color del ébano. Su esbelta figura es de 1.83 metros de altura. Posee  una exótica belleza y una  subyugante sonrisa.  Finalizó con excelentes calificaciones tanto sus estudios secundarios y su servicio militar, con el grado de oficial.

Tres meses atrás y  días después de haber sido  consagrada Miss Israel 2013, el presidente Obama, durante su visita Israel, manifestó  su interés de conocerla personalmente, durante su encuentro con el presidente Shimon Peres. La semana anterior, Titi Aynaw, volvió nuevamente a las primeras planas de los medios, cuando cumplió con un mandato de conciencia, que desde su llegada a Israel ha querido cumplir: volver a la pobre aldea que la vio nacer en Etiopia, y traer a Israel  al resto de sus familiares que quedaron allí.

Conflicto en Siria: una protesta política interna devenida en guerra religiosa interregional.

19 de junio de 2013
Por Rafael Arazi desde Israel para Kosherlat

La imaginación más aventurada de expertos y comentaristas especializados en Medio Oriente, no hubiera podido nunca prever la situación política que vive hoy la región. Libia, Egipto, Líbano y Turquía pasan por días aciagos de agitación interna.

En Siria todo ocurre a un ritmo vertiginoso y amenazante. Las acciones bélicas de todos los involucrados, se hacen cada día más intensas.  Lejos de ser derrotado por la oposición, Bashar Al Asad ha comenzado una contraofensiva  con la asistencia  de  unidades especiales de las Guardias Revolucionarias iraníes, combatientes del Hezbollah del Líbano, voluntarios shiítas de Irak y la ayuda de asesores rusos. De lado opuesto, la participación de miles de voluntarios sunitas, armados por estados árabes y occidentales,  han  internacionalizado por completo el conflicto. Al Asad gobierna hoy, sobre menos del 50% del territorio sirio,  pero eso no quita que la propaganda oficial anuncie que el “clamor popular”, exige abrir un frente bélico contra Israel en el  Golán. El gobierno de Netanyahu ha anunciado repetidamente que Israel no tiene ningún interés e ingerencia en esa guerra civil. Pero el vocero sirio insiste por todos los medios en demostrar, que fuerzas israelíes luchan junto a los rebeldes. Han fotografiado un jeep israelí desvencijado, que por su modelo y placas, es claro que fue abandonado en Líbano, durante la retirada  de Tzahal (IDF, Fuerzas de Defensa de Israel) en el  año 2000. Los medios informativos afirman que los únicos heridos que llegan a la frontera pidiendo asistencia médica, son soldados israelíes. Al mismo tiempo, Al Asad ha permitido la entrada a Siria de un  transporte con 14 mil toneladas de manzanas cultivadas por los pobladores drusos del Golán. Ello sirve a los intereses de la propaganda oficial, que quiere  demostrar que el  gobierno sirio sigue preocupándose por el bienestar económico de los 15 mil drusos que habitan el Golán, bajo soberanía israelí. Nadie sabe como y cuando el quebrado régimen  sirio, pagará los 13 millones de dólares por esa mercancía, si es que algún día se propone  hacerlo. Los pobladores drusos envueltos en una trampa de la que no pueden zafarse,  esperan que algún día Al Asad o Dios, se los pague. Ante la peligrosa situación reinante, Austria ha decidido retirar a sus 380 soldados, abandonando así los puestos de vigilancia fronteriza y mediación de la ONU. Ellos constituyen más de un tercio del total de las fuerzas internacionales allí destacadas. El Secretario General de la ONU no ha logrado por el momento, convencer a algún otro país, para reemplazarlos. Israel observa con extremada cautela todo lo que acontece a unos pocos metros de su frontera. La Comisión de DDHH de la ONU en Ginebra, que ha dedicado a Israel dos tercios del total de  todas sus condenas en el mundo, ha informado que en Siria la guerra civil ya se ha cobrado la vida de 100 victimas y ha producido 4.5 millones de desplazados. Ahora, los dos más acérrimos enemigos de Israel,  Hezbollah  y Hamas están enfrentados entre si, debido a la lucha shiíta-sunita en Siria. Lo que hace dos años comenzara como una protesta política interna, se ha convertido hoy, en una guerra religiosa, de corte interregional islámico.

Feria de Super descuentos en Moldes - Ajdut el 9 de julio de 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Israel's First Black Beauty Queen makes triumphant visit to NY


Israeli beauty queen Yityish “Titi” Aynaw seemed completely at ease as she mingled with the assembled guests on Tuesday evening on the penthouse balcony with breathtaking views of south Manhattan. Dozens of handsome and stylish Jewish twenty to forty somethings hovered around her, trying to get her attention, whisper in her ear, take a photo with her, touch the stardust that seemed to surround her.
Aynaw willingly shakes the outstretched hands, laughs at the offered jokes and attempted one-liners, touches people’s shoulders, even hugs them, when they make a move. She conducts herself with a poise and self-confidence that belies the fact that she is in America for the first time in her life.
“I am not putting on an act,” she says, “I was head of the student council in my high school, I commanded over 90 soldiers in the army. You get a lot of experience, and with the experience comes the self-confidence.”
It is this self-confidence – along with her statuesque beauty, her direct, no-nonsense talk, and her extraordinary life story – that makes Aynaw a potential hasbara blockbuster, a potent projection of Israel’s good side, that far outstrips anything that any Israeli politician or diplomat can come up with.
“I know that I project a good image of Israel,” she says, “but I don’t ‘do’ hasbara. I tell my story, what my life has been like, that’s all.”

Source: Forward and Haaretz

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Visita del Admur de Kaalov a la Argentina 2013

Pope Francis greets Jewish visitors, including old rabbi friend from Argentina

ROME (JTA) — Pope Francis greeted about 30 Jews and Catholics from Italy and the Americas who took part a symposium on Christian-Jewish dialogue.

Among the Jewish participants was the pope’s old friend from Buenos Aires, Rabbi Abraham Skorka.
The four-day seminar, which concluded Thursday, was organized by the Focolare Movement, an international Christian organization promoting brotherhood, and took place at Castel Gandolfo, the town outside Rome where the pope has a summer residence.

The participants, from the U.S., Italy, Uruguay and Argentina, had front-row places at the pope’s weekly public audience in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, and were greeted there by the pontiff.
Skorka hosted a TV talk show on religion with the pope when the pontiff was Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and also co-authored a book with him on interfaith relations, called “On Heaven and Earth.”

Skorka told reporters that Pope Francis was a “true friend” with whom he could discuss everything. While they were working on the book, Skorka said, he, the future pope and a journalist collaborator all lost close family members. Bergoglio, he said, helped them accept the death of their loved ones.

“To die means to have the strength and the courage to give your soul to God,” Skorka said, quoting the then-Cardinal. “That comment he made was very healing for our hearts.”
Skorka said Francis was “wonderful” as pope and had already achieved “spiritual success” since his election as pontiff in March. He predicted the pope would continue “emphasizing changes, accepting challenges more and more, undoubtedly with God’s help and God’s blessings.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Feria de IELADEINU 2013

Cuándo? Miércoles 12 de junio de 2013
A qué hora? De 12 a 19hs.
Dónde? Tucumán 3238, Buenos Aires

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Monday, June 10, 2013

EUGENIA CORAJE: Presentación del libro de la sobreviviente de la Shoá Eugenia Unger

PRESENTACION DEL LIBRO "EUGENIA CORAJE" de Eugenia Unger.

El Museo del Holocausto invita a la presentación del libro "EUGENIA CORAJE" de la sobreviviente Eugenia Unger que se realizará el miércoles 12 de junio a las 18.00 horas, en la sede del Museo, Montevideo 919, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

La mesa de presentación estará compuesta por el Juez Federal Daniel Rafecas, el Dr. José Milmaniene, el Periodista Gustavo Sierra, el Profesor Hernán Lopez y la autora, coordinada por la Directora Ejecutiva del Museo, la Profesora Graciela N. de Jinich.

R.S.V.P. 4811 3588 o al secretaria@museodelholocausto.org.ar

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Argentina’s Last Jewish Gauchos



Thousands of Jews fled 19th-century Russia for the South American Pampas. Can their unique heritage survive?

By Diane Pham

Jamie Jruz mounts his horse and begins swinging his lasso around in the air. “Watch this and take a photo!” he shouts. “Ayyyy!” The cows around him begin to scatter, kicking up the ground. Jruz expertly wrangles a brown heifer with his lariat and turns to face us. “Did you catch that?!” he says.

A compact man with a bit of a paunch, Jruz moves with the bravado of a young Hollywood star even though he’s almost 66 years old. As president of the Community of Villa Dominguez and Carmel, he has the key to just about every important building in the area. He’s also one of the last remaining Jewish cowboys in Argentina.

Jruz is a descendant of a group of Jews who came to Argentina at the end of the 19th century as part of a mass exodus promising escape from the anti-Semitic violence occurring in Eastern Europe. Thousands of Jews brought with them trunks filled with ornate gowns, pressed suits, fine art, and literature—and were left at the doorstep of a vast and unrestrained land in middle of South America. It was here, after back-breaking struggle, that many of them learned to tame the wild and became cowboys, or “gauchos,” of the Argentine Pampas. With a strong sense of Jewish tradition, deeply impressed by the grit of the gaucho, they created a settlement of new colonies—which they considered to be a holy land in the Americas.

I first heard about the colonies while I was living in Buenos Aires last summer. The thought of a Jewish cowboy struck me as novel, and so I set out to see one for myself, driving 270 miles north of the capital. What I discovered during my visit was even stranger: colonies with ranch-style adobe synagogues and street signs bearing names like Avenida Hertzl and Calle Saslavsky, populated by Jewish gauchos who were all as old as if not older than Jruz. All the young gauchos had fled long ago, but their elders had remained, in a geriatric Jewish version of High Noon.

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In the late 1880s, a wealthy German-Jewish philanthropist in Paris by the name of Baron Maurice von Hirsch established the Jewish Colonization Association. Its goal was to provide Jews persecuted in the Russian pogroms with a safe place to practice their beliefs. Hirsch used his own money to purchase vast tracts of farmland around New Jersey, Connecticut, the western Canadian prairies, southern Brazil, and especially Argentina, where he had nearly 45,000 fertile acres set aside in the province of Entre Rios.

Argentina itself was undergoing a massive campaign to populate the Pampas and Patagonia with Europeans. During the 1870s and early 1880s, the military had violently seized tens of thousands of square miles of land from indigenous tribes in an initiative called the Conquista del Desierto, or Conquest of the Desert. The government saw Argentina as a natural extension of Europe, and they used cheap land and the promise of low taxes to entice their foreign counterparts. Generous open-door policies and favorable laws made it easy for foreigners to immigrate and, in Hirsch’s case, to experiment with Jewish colonization.

In 1889, under the guidance of Hirsch and his associates, the first wave of immigrants left their homes in Ukraine and set out to sea on a Mayflower-like pilgrimage lasting 35 days. As recounted in Shalom Argentina: Huellas de la Colonización Judía, a book retracing the settlement, on a damp and cold winter’s day in August, 813 Jews (130 families) were accepted at the port of Buenos Aires. Soon after, they were ferried northward up the River Parana and left at the foot of a rough sprawl rife with thistles and thickets. For the newly arrived Jews, the Pampas represented both the size of their freedom and their own helplessness.

Upon arrival, each family was leased a 75-hectare plot, given a set of tools, and told to dig a well. “Ninety percent of the immigrants knew nothing about working on the land,” Abram Stezlon, a 80-year-old descendant and a third-generation gaucho living and working in Villa Clara, told me. “It took more than a generation to see a community come together. And it wasn’t easy.”

Before the arrival of these Jews, the Pampas, like much of Argentina, was presided over by gauchos, who were a mix of indigenous and criollo livestock herders. The cowboys were proud horsemen, and their centuries-old traditions produced a distinct culture with its own cuisine, dress, and attitude. For work, they depended on contracts from large land-owners that required them to move cattle across the same land where the new immigrants now resided. Remarkably, a kinship developed between the pair, and the gauchos slowly but surely incorporated themselves into the settlements. They first offered help as farm hands and house-keepers but quickly found themselves teaching Jews to till the land, handle cattle, break horses, and even cure animals of disease. The fusion of the two cultures truly emerged in the second generation, when some gauchos were taught Yiddish and many Jewish men traded in their yarmulkes for cowboy hats and a clean shave.

Nora Fistein, a history teacher from the neighboring colony of Basavilbaso who has spent decades researching the immigration (which included that of her own grandparents), told me, “The gauchos started learning about European food and language from the Jews, and the Jews about gaucho clothing and drink. The gauchos had their own music, but then they started to dance to Jewish music and watch their plays.” By the third generation, this colorful gaucho culture had spread across all of the colonies, along with Jewish schools, synagogues, libraries, and shops.

A hundred years later, the scene today is strikingly different. Lone buildings adorned with Jewish stars and fading scribbles of Yiddish can be seen from main roads connecting the colonies. Weeds and plants have eaten away at the walls of synagogues and abandoned homes as if to reclaim the land. Train stations that were built and tracks laid to accommodate the transport of goods produced by each farm have shuttered—empty silos sit along hundreds of miles of track overgrown with weeds.

In Villa Dominguez, one of the largest remaining settlements at a population of 1,800, things are a little livelier. Here the buildings are painted in bright colors, and there are two public schools, a library, bars, gas pumps, a clinic, a grocer, several butchers, and a police department with a force of five officers. A small one-story synagogue with a dance hall for social events sits near the center of town. Locals have taken to calling Villa Dominguez the “Paris of Entre Rios” as the streets have been laid out to look like the Place de L’Etoile with the town’s agricultural coop and community fund replacing the Arc de Triomphe. Stand-alone displays branded with “SHALOM” point out famous landmarks within the handful of blocks that make up the town. I was told Villa Dominguez was once a major hub for Jewish life, and though the area felt distinctly Jewish, signs of human life were scarce. The only sound drowning out the chirping birds was the crunching gravel beneath my feet when I walked.

***

I headed first to the home of Elias Stavsky, an 84-year-old retired farmer who lives with his brother in Villa Dominguez. Stavsky, like many of the elder residents I would meet in the area, did not look his age. He wore thick-framed glasses, combed his hair with a side part, and left the top few buttons of his shirt undone to reveal a deep tan, looking more like a fresh retiree from Florida than a Jew who had been doing back-breaking farm work for 75 years. His home was simple and sparse, filled mostly with basic, metal furniture. But atop a large mahogany bureau were a number of family photos and small souvenirs, including a tiny gold trinket engraved with two Stars of David and the word Jerusalem.

Stavsky grew up on a farm that was given to his grandparents by the Jewish Colonization Association in the Leven colony. He worked the fields with his seven brothers and sisters and recalls a devastating plague of locusts and days spent milking cows. Religious life was active when he was a child, but he also remembers when things started to change. “When I was a boy, there was a synagogue in every community. We always respected Sabbath when I was younger,” he told me in Spanish with an accent hinting at his Slavic roots. “As time passed it became more difficult. I remember we would have go to different communities just to find enough men for a minyan.”

Until just four years ago, he lived on the Leven farm, which had belonged to his grandparents, but he had to leave because everyone in the colony had either died or moved away. “There was once more than 3,000 people in the colony,” he said. “They all took to the road. Everyone. I was the only one left. I had to leave.”

Neighboring Carmel, where Jruz lives, is also depopulated and can no longer be found on many maps. The hamlet is accessed through a wide dirt road flanked by tall stalks of maize, and only a few houses remain in good repair. Most of the people previously living in smaller settlements like Stavsky’s and Carmel left for more populous areas in nearby towns. Jruz told me the 1950s were particularly unkind to the colonies, and tens of thousands left for Israel and the United States in fear of President Juan Perón’s Nazi sympathies. According to Osvaldo Quiroga, the director Villa Dominguez’s Jewish museum, today there only 30 Jews remaining in Villa Dominguez and only about 20 Jewish families still living on farms in the province—almost all of them elderly.

Back at home on the farm that was given to his grandfather over 100 years ago Jruz is packing things away into his shed after a morning spent tending to his animals. There are tools everywhere, dogs running around, his tractor is parked under a tree, and many of the structures on site are the original ones built by Jruz’s grandfather. Upon finishing his morning routine, Jruz offered to show me some of Carmel’s important landmarks. We jumped in his truck, and he took me down a long and bumpy road, stopping at a graveyard, not too far from his home, enclosed by bright white brick walls and a large black Star of David painted above its entrance.

The small synagogue that sits beside the cemetery was erected in 1923 in the middle of a grassy plot; it is the same one Jruz’s parents and grandparents used to visit every Saturday to pray. When the community was thriving in the 1920s and 1930s, he says, more than 100 people would attend the temple’s Friday night Shabbat services. Today, the synagogue only opens for Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement when an officiant travels from Buenos Aires to conduct services.

The cemetery itself is quite spectacular, filled with hundreds of graves, each one mapping the history of the colony over the past hundred years. On one end are tombs pre-dating 1900, which are sealed with corrugated metal roof, a material the settlers used when they didn’t have enough stone for construction. On the other end, are tombs marked with beautiful marble sculptures and hand-painted ceramic photos of the dead. The oldest grave is dated 1894 and bears the name Nusimovich Bernardo. All of the graves look east toward Jerusalem.

Jruz recalls celebrating Sukkot by building little cabins from weeds; a young girl came by to teach his family prayers. “My mother stayed true to all of the Jewish traditions, and she always respected the Sabbath,” he told me. “Every Friday night she would light candles and cry.” He also remembers a community where Jewish plays were performed and big parties hosted more than 50 families and musicians from across all of the colonies. A sulky or horse-drawn carriage would arrive at each home, collecting men, women, and children for a night of music and dancing. He lamented that there is nothing like that in the area today, and he feels saddened by what has been lost after all the sacrifices made by his ancestors.

Jruz didn’t leave Carmel until he was 12 years old, he said, to attend primary school in Villa Dominguez. “When I was young I worked on the farm with my father and brother,” he told me. “We didn’t have any machinery, and there was a lot of work to be done by hand and with the horses. I chose to stay and help my family.” He recalled poor families and a lack of schooling and traditions that were lost as the immigrants adapted to Argentine food and ritual.

When I met Eleodoro Padlog, 82, president of the Villa Dominguez Cooperative for Drinking-Water, at his home the next day he echoed a common complaint that the government had abandoned the region to its fate. A son of Russian immigrants, Padlog is Jewish but not religious. His parents were staunch socialists, and while the family was well-versed in Jewish traditions, they never practiced them at home. Padlog had strong opinions against the government, all of which he said can be credited to growing up in a cooperative environment.

While the region to is still considered the “bread basket” of the nation, he says, rising costs have forced land ownership from the hands of small holders to those of industrial producers. A push in the Peronist 1950s to turn Argentina into an industry-based economy led many Jews to sell their farms and buy homes in Buenos Aires. Today there is little incentive to stay in the area, where weak infrastructure is left to rot.

Padlog blames the government, which he says has done little over the past 50 years to help the farms that were suffering. “Investment has been focused primarily in Buenos Aires for decades,” he told me. “For more than 35 years the colonies have been paying to keep the local hospital in good maintenance” through the Sociedad Sanitaria Israelita (Israelite Health Society). In 1975 the hospital came under the control of the provincial government, and according to Padlog the services it provides have been waning ever since. He also railed against high taxation and the post-military state that birthed extreme corruption, anti-Semitism, and an ever-unstable peso. Relating an anecdote from an Uruguayan friend, Padlog summed up his view of the country’s problems: “God created Argentina like a paradise, but his mistake was putting Argentine people on it.”

***

For 56-year-old Jorge Kohon—a father of three teens, and an executive member of the Jewish Association of Villaguay, a town of about 48,000 close to the colonies—the end of the century-old Jewish agricultural experiment in Argentina is near. “We are the last generation that will work on the land,” Kohon told me in the headquarters of the association. “Our kids will be doing other things. Our hope is that these traditions will be upheld by our children in bigger cities where more Jews have flocked and still have strong religious convictions,” such as Córdoba, Rosario, and Buenos Aires, where more than 80 percent of Argentina’s estimated 300,000 Jews live today.

The effort to maintain cultural memory of this unique Jewish community is centered in the Museo y Archivo de las Colonias, or Jewish Colonies Museum, in Villa Dominguez, which was founded in 1985. Housed in a former pharmacy and containing the world’s most complete collection documenting the immigration of Jews to Argentina, the museum is overseen by Osvaldo Quiroga, 48, who has held the curatorial position for nearly three decades. Quiroga was born in Villa Dominguez but didn’t hear much about the immigration while growing up. He left the colonies to pursue his studies in 1982 and returned shortly after. He took the job at the museum out of what he said was a necessity—he needed a job, and they needed a curator. But after 28 years, his emotions run deep.

“I’m not Jewish, but I feel close to the Jewish history because of the people in the town,” Quiroga told me as he began thumbing through a drawer in the museum’s archives. “My grandfather was one of the men who helped teach the people how to work the land they received.” He pulls out a document for me to see; typed out in English, the form is dated April 1, 1905, and promises 183 acres of land, seeds, livestock, furniture, and equipment for 6,031.30 pesos—travel expenses to the Lucienville colony included. Students attending school in the colonies and in nearby towns, such as Villaguay, are now required to pay a visit to the museum before graduation, and in the last few years groups from as far as New York and Israel have come looking to learn about this footnote to Jewish history in the Americas.

As we walked the museum together, Quiroga explained that all the contents were donated by community members, willed to him by those who have passed, or inherited from colonies that have disappeared. The main room of the museum is simple but wide, with high ceilings, and almost all the objects lay uncased. I peered at relics such as glass perfume bottles that made their way from Russia to Argentina, wedding photos, and ponchos worn by the original gauchos. An illustration of a man with a long beard, side curls, and a brown woolen coat over a poncho hung on the wall above a collection of clothing. I couldn’t help but picture him riding swiftly across the Pampas on horseback, rounding up his cattle, and then ending his day with a bowl of kreplach.

Quiroga brought me to a corner of the museum and pointed out a collection of long picks and strange contraptions with hooks, buckles, and other odd additions. I was able to make out a rusty old rifle in the bunch, but most of the pieces were foreign and all of them weathered or permanently caked in dirt. I asked him what they were. He told me they were the farm tools given to the Jews who first broke the land; those who became Argentina’s cowboys.

Diane Pham is a New York-based writer. Her Twitter feed is @dianepham_.


Revolucionario lanzamiento de Intel

Por Rafael Arazi (desde Israel para Kosherlat)

Intel, la más grande compañía de tecnología del mundo, productora de cerebros cibernéticos para  las notebooks y desktops, ha anunciado la salida al mercado de su una nueva generación de procesadores: Haswell. El revolucionario procesador, es el resultado de los esfuerzos del laboratorio tecnológico de la compañía en Haifa y Kiriat Gat (Israel) y de un grupo de expertos e investigadores del Kibutz Yakum. Cientos de millones de usuarios en todo el mundo podrán gozar en el futuro cercano, de esta nueva maravilla tecnológica.

Muchos de los adelantos tecnológicos conocidos hoy en el mundo en el campo de la  cibernética y la telefonía,  se deben a la contribución de investigadores israelíes, que trabajan en las filiales locales de multinacionales como Motorola, Intel, Dell, Microsoft, Check Point, HP y otras muchas más.

Los primeros 100 días del gobierno de coalición de Netanyahu

Por Rafael Arazi (desde Israel para Kosherlat)

A pesar de las  vicisitudes  propias de todo recién  nacido, como así de su etapa de crecimiento y  desarrollo, el nuevo gobierno de coalición encabezado por Netanyahu ha cumplido sus primeros 100 días de vida.

Ha adoptado el plan económico presentado por el nuevo y novato  ministro de Hacienda, Yair Lapid, que incluye un recorte de algo mas de 11 mil millones de dólares, para el periodo 2013-14. Los innumerables forcejeos políticos y la presión de distintos sectores de la sociedad israelí,  afectados por las nuevas medidas económicas, expresan su descontento, pero no van más allá de las palabras.

Al mismo tiempo, la comisión Pery, que concluyó sus trabajos respecto a la muy complicada nueva ley de reclutamiento militar obligatorio (con acento en el sector ortodoxo),  esta pronta para  presentarla a la Kneset para su aprobación.
La ley tiene un potente atractivo en un extremo,  pero  también lleva un macizo peso en el otro. Pospone por ahora el servicio militar de los ortodoxos  hasta  2017,   para aquellos  que hoy están en edad de servicio,  pero asegura multas, reclutamiento compulsivo y hasta  prisión efectiva, para los que se nieguen a alistarse a partir de ese año. Cada año, se exceptuarán del servicio obligatorio, mil ochocientos estudiantes religiosos sobresalientes,  según elección  de sus rabinos. Algunos sectores ultraortodoxos reniegan de la ley y aseguran que será imposible imponerla.

Otros temas disonantes para la coalición  y que  en algunos casos  la presentan como poco segura de si misma son, por ejemplo, la elección de dos diputados para  la  comisión  encargada de nombrar a nuevos jueces  de la  Suprema Corte de Justicia, las  elecciones para el nombramiento de jueces en las cortes rabínicas, o en el caso de la elección de  los  candidatos al  Rabinato de  Israel.

Otro tema candente de índole económica que divide las opiniones de la coalición, es el referente al volumen  de gas natural que podrán exportar las compañías extractoras. Los más conservadores exigen asegurar primero, el suministro del combustible a Israel para los 50 años venideros. Las compañías extractoras, conformadas por consorcios locales y extranjeros se oponen  y algunos de sus partidarios  más liberales,  están a favor de  la exportación inmediata,  de algo más del 50% del total del gas extraído.  Aquí entran en juego reglamentaciones,  rentabilidad, regalías, impuestos a las ganancias, aspectos  geopolíticos respecto a los potenciales clientes europeos y muchos otros factores.

Así las cosas y con un Netanyahu visiblemente debilitado por el resultado de las últimas elecciones y por el efecto negativo  causado al interior de su partido, los observadores políticos más pesimistas,  no le auguran al actual gobierno  más que un año de vida. Otros, los  optimistas o  los más cínicos, dicen que este gobierno, esta destinado a concluir su mandato de cuatro años completos. Nadie de los actuales actores políticos, tiene por el momento  a la vista, una mejor alternativa, dicen. Mientras tanto, una  extraña y compleja oposición, compuesta por  dos partidos socialistas, dos ortodoxos y tres partidos árabes de opuesta orientación entre si, no acaba  por definir su rumbo de acción.  Poco o nada pueden hacer para agitar el clima  político y  sólo aprovechan  esporádicamente, las  desavenencias de una desordenada y a veces desubicada,  coalición.

La situación de los vecinos de Israel no está menos calma. El Medio Oriente todo, esta en plena ebullición y  el gobierno de Netanyahu se ha visto obligado a efectuar un doloroso  recorte de 3 mil millones de shekels en los gastos de defensa. A pesar de sus problemas internos y los continuos amagos externos, Israel  sigue viviendo como si habitara una casa de veraneo, en medio de una selva amenazante.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Velada en honor al Rebe, una invitación de Jabad Lubavitch Argentina



Jabad Lubavitch Argentina 
con sus respectivos Beit Jabad, 
Programas e instituciones educativas y de ayuda social 

invitan a compartir 
Una velada en honor al Rebe

El lunes 10 de junio de 2013 - 3 de Tamuz 5773
DIA DEL IORTZAIT - HILULA DEL REBE

En el Sheraton Hotel , Salón Libertador, San Martín 1225, Buenos Aires.

Orador principal
Rabi Leibel Groner
Secretario del Rebe por más de 40 años

Programa musical
Recepción 19.00hs.

Inicio del programa 19.30hs. Finaliza 21.30hs
Se solicita invitación para el ingreso

Monday, June 3, 2013

Gracias, Gilad por venir a la Argentina



En una importante visita a la Argentina, Gilad Shalit mantuvo diferentes encuentros con las principales expresiones de la comunidad judía de Argentina, la que le transmitió su enorme afecto y calidez por tenerlo en su casa.

Campaña Unida Judeo Argentina invitó a Gilad Shalit a la Argentina y, para homenajearlo, se realizaron distintos eventos en honor al ex soldado que estuvo en cautiverio durante cinco años y cuatro meses en manos de tres grupos armados palestinos.

Cada uno de los encuentros, donde se resaltó la santidad de la vida, se distinguió por el caudal de emoción y de lágrimas.  Los videos presentados en la ocasión, reflejaron tanto la intensa actividad que llevó a cabo la sociedad israelí y las distintas comunidades judías de Latinoamérica para la liberación de Gilad, como su puesta en libertad y su regreso a casa.

En toda ocasión, Gilad agradeció la invitación de Campaña Unida, que le permitió poder expresar su gratitud a todo la comunidad judía de Argentina, recordando siempre, a sus compañeros de tanque que murieron cuando él  fue capturado.

Gilad agradeció a los judíos del mundo por el constante pedido por su liberación, transmitiendo que esto le daba fuerzas para resistir, agregando también “Mi historia personal y vuestro accionar ratifica, día a día, a uno de nuestros principales principios como pueblo, “Kol Israel arevim ze la ze”, somos todos responsables el uno por el otro”.

Gilad agradeció una y otra vez: “Por  haberme guardado en vuestros corazones durante los largos y difíciles años en cautiverio y por compartir mi alegría y la alegría de mi familia al liberarme. Al liberarme he descubierto la intensa actividad que despliegan las distintas comunidades judías del mundo en general y el Keren Hayesod en particular y no tengo dudas de que vuestro apoyo continuará fortaleciendo a Israel y al Pueblo Judío a favor de nuestra generación y de las venideras”.

“Luego de los años pasados en cautiverio”, agregó Gilad, “Hoy intento recuperarme y me encuentro en un largo proceso de reincorporación a la vida normal. Durante los últimos meses escribí  una columna deportiva semanal para un importante periódico de Israel y me estoy preparando para comenzar mis estudios universitarios el año entrante. Quiero estudiar economía.
Mi historia personal, el apoyo que mi familia y yo recibimos y vuestro apoyo a Medinat Israel refleja el lema “Am Israel Jai”.

La serie de eventos comenzó el  29 de Mayo, con un homenaje especial en el hotel Alvear Art Gallery, que contó con la presencia y la salutación de la Sra. Dorit Shavit, Embajadora del Estado de Israel, el Presidente de Campaña Unida Judeo Argentina, el Sr. David Sutton y el ex Embajador de Argentina ante las Naciones Unidas, el Dr. Emilio Cárdenas, reconocido luchador a favor de los Derechos Humanos, engalanó la noche con una emotiva disertación.

El jueves 30 por la noche, cientos de personas se convocaron para dar un homenaje a Gilad, y - a través de él – dieron un homenaje a la vida.  El evento fue organizado por Campaña Unida y su División Femenina en conjunto con la Comunidad de Amijai.
El viernes 31 de Mayo por la mañana, en el salón de actos de Campaña Unida, la institución organizó un evento especial destinado a jóvenes de  escuelas secundarias de la red escolar judía y a representantes de entidades cuya misión se relaciona con la educación.

La emoción que embargaba a los jóvenes y a los docentes, y sus rostros con lágrimas quedaron plasmadas en las fotografías que se tomaron con Gilad. Las escuelas entregaron regalos y dibujos para Gilad, que seguramente atesorará toda su vida.
Por la noche, el Kabalat Shabat fue organizado por los Jóvenes de Dor Hemshej de CUJA, la Organización  Hillel y la Agencia Judía. Un verdadero encuentro de jóvenes donde, la tradición, la fe y la esperanza,  se unieron a las muestras de amistad  y afecto hacia Gilad.

Otro de los eventos se realizó el sábado 1° de Junio en conjunto con CISSAB, donde participaron más de mil jóvenes.
Luego de la bienvenida, a cargo del Secretario de Juventud de CISSAB, Claudio Schupauk y de Zuli Dreispiel, Directora de Campaña Unida, saludaron a los presentes un representante del Consejo Juvenil Sionista, la juventud de CISSAB, Claudio Manaker, representante de la Agencia Judía para Israel y el escritor Marcelo Birmajer.
En esta oportunidad, el invitado de honor, Gilad Shalit, agradeció las muestras de solidaridad  hacia él y a su familia, enfatizando la labor educativa de los madrijim y de los jóvenes, en pos de esta generación y de las venideras.
Si bien el Hatikva marcó el final formal del encuentro, el festejo continuó  con la invitación de los jóvenes del club a jugar un partido de fútbol.
En el marco de la visita de Gilad a Argentina, Campaña Unida organizó también encuentros especiales en casas de activistas y contribuyentes, donde Gilad agradeció a los presentes y comentó acerca de su visita a Argentina, su vida y sus planes a futuro.
Además de las actividades organizadas, Gilad, tuvo la oportunidad de conocer Buenos Aires y de apreciar la variada oferta social y cultural de la ciudad, compartiendo su tiempo con jóvenes activistas de Campaña Unida.
Gilad  se lleva consigo inolvidables momentos, variados presentes que recibió en cada uno de los eventos y nos deja su sonrisa y su mensaje de fe y esperanza.
Gracias Gilad por venir a la Argentina!!

Fuente: Iton Gadol