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Israel plans to aid students of Ethiopian descent

PHOTO:  Israel introduces plan to encourage academic excellence and leadership among students of Ethiopian descent. Photo by  Shlomi Amsalem   Israel’s Council for Higher Education recently approved a $40.4 million (145 million NIS) multiyear plan to encourage academic excellence and leadership among students of Ethiopian descent. The program sprang from Israel’s 2015 Government Policy for…

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Portland teens win tikkun olam awards

PHOTO: Three Portland teens received Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards this year; from left: Britton Masback, Malcolm Asher and Solomon Olshin. Three of the 15 recipients of the 13th Annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards are from Portland. Britton Masback, Malcolm Asher and Solomon Olshin are among those who will receive the prestigious $36,000 award…

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Volunteers dig archaeology, aid defense and tour Israel

PHOTOS: Above, Volunteers for Israel archaeologists at Tel Assar. At right, volunteers William Tilson (left) and Steve Plotkin (right) cleaning archeological findings at Tel Assar. Photos courtesy of Volunteers for Israel Volunteers for Israel has announced 2019 dates for its enhanced, all-inclusive volunteer service programs which are open to the general public. Americans can support…

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Faith leaders invited to free security training

Synagogue, temple, church, mosque and other congregational leaders and security departments are urged to attend this June 30 emergency training, briefing and active shooter safety presentation to prepare congregations for potential attacks and violent extremism. “Houses of worship have reason to be concerned and prepared,” writes the Rev. Markel Hutchins, the national lead organizer of…

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