The sale of Azerbaijan’s Jewish community center deals a painful blow to a dwindling community

Posted on August 20th, 2018
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, is closing its Jewish community center in Baku due to changing demographics. A community of formerly 16,000 in 2000 now only has 8,000 Jews and is moving into a smaller space.


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Israeli runner wins European Athletics Championships gold

Posted on August 13th, 2018
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Lonah Korlima Chemtai Salpeter came in first in the women’s 10,000-meter run on August 8 in Berlin.


Last week, Lonah Korlima Chemtai Salpeter made history by becoming the first Israeli to win a gold medal in the European Athletics Championships. Her turn on the podium came as a result of winning the women’s 10,000-meter run, which took place in Berlin on August 8.

She finished the race in 31:43:29, nine second ahead of second-place winner Susan Krumins of The Netherlands.

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Israeli fruit-fly lure helps save Togo’s mango crop

Posted on August 6th, 2018
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Hung on trees, Biofeed lures decreased infestation of two strains of flies by up to 95% in a recently completed initiation phase in Togo.

 

In the Central Valley of Togo, a mango grower named Yacuobuo started killing his trees due to fruit-fly infestation that has decimated his crop over the past three years.

In this main mango-growing region of Africa, many other small farmers face the same dilemma. And their loss extends to the “mango women” who sell the fruit at market.

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IsraAID sends US dentists to treat refugees in Kenya

Posted on July 30th, 2018
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c


The joint Israeli-American mission aims to treat thousands of residents at Kakuma Refugee Camp, some of whom have never before received dental care.


Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID set up a mobile dental clinic for one week in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, home to over 190,000 refugees from across the region, the majority escaping violence and instability in neighboring South Sudan.


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An Israeli wrestler calls himself ‘The Chutzpah,’ and Europe loves to hate him

Posted on July 23rd, 2018
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ for The Times of Israel from JTA


Whether dealing a 'krav maga kick' to challenger's groin, or patented 'Chosen People's elbow,' Leeor Brooks plays up Jewish stereotypes as a wrestling villain -- and it's working


Like many Israelis visiting Europe, Leeor Brooks is keenly aware of his compatriots’ reputation abroad for rudeness.


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