Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philanthropist who went missing in June, left his tefillin on his abandoned boat.
For reasons I can’t quite understand, many leaders in the pro-Israel community continue to insist that the young generation of American Jews has abandoned Israel.
At the age of 23, Los Angeles-born Maya Liss was told that she was too old to be an Israeli soldier when she immigrated. But Liss would not take no for an answer, and in late April, her fight to fight for her new country brought the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) corporal special recognition for her outstanding service to Israel.
A charter aliyah flight brought 360 new immigrants to Israel, including 104 young men and women who have enlisted in the military.
The aliyah organization Nefesh B'Nefesh says it has slashed18 percent of its staff and is cutting the salaries of its remaining employees. The organization last week made across-the-board cuts of 15 employees. Salary cuts were instituted at all levels as well, according to Yael Katsman, NBN marketing and communications director. The cuts were first reported Thursday in Haaretz.
The final 1,000 new immigrants for 2010 are arriving in Israel.