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Dear Friends,

Ten athletes, who comprise the first-ever Olympic refugee team, will march under the Olympic flag in Rio. For this team, the Games will not be about winning medals. They will be about earning dignity and changing hearts and minds.

The persecution, physical suffering, wanderings and statelessness experienced by refugees worldwide resonate all too well with the Jewish people. Having faced a callous and unwelcoming world in the darkest of times we have a moral responsibility to open our hearts to the suffering of others as commanded in the Torah “Love ye therefore the stranger; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19).

Our newsletter will be on hiatus for the month of August and will return in the beginning of September. 

With warm WIZO regards,

Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Div. 
World WIZO.
Meet the Kenyan Runner Representing Israel at the Olympics
A Kenyan born runner is representing Israel in the Olympics and her story is amazing. Watch and share!

Hitler's scarface henchman became a Mossad hitman

Otto Skorzeny was one of the most outstanding military men of the 20th century. His specialty was daring, guerrilla-style, commando raids. He was an unrepentant Nazi, a senior SS officer, who remained involved in right-wing causes his whole life. And now it’s emerged that he was also an agent and hitman for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service.The extraordinary story of Skorzeny’s work for Israel has been documented for the first time by Dan Raviv, a correspondent with CBS Radio News, and Yossi Melman, an Israeli author. Read more...

Operation Ezra aids Yazidi refugees

Operation Ezra, a project launched by a Canadian Jewish group to bring seven Yazidi refugee families to Canada welcomed its first family at the Winnipeg airport two week's ago. The Yazidi people are a Kurdish religious minority who were based in northwestern Iraq. Stories of their plight hit the headlines in August 2014 when Islamic State (ISIS) swept into their communities. Those who were unable to flee were taken into slavery – the younger women and children – or massacred. Many of the survivors are now living in refugee camps in Turkey. Read more... 

A Jewish revival in Africa

From Ghana to Uganda and from Cameroon to South Africa, Jewish communities in 30 different countries and territories in Africa were intimately captured by photographer Jono David. The images document how these communities combine their spiritual identity with local customs and are now on display at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot. A fantastic exhibition of emerging and unique congregations not to be missed! Read more...

Israeli tech set to shine at Rio olympics

Israel will make its 16th appearance at the Olympic Games this August with its largest delegation of athletes ever. But Israel’s representation in Rio de Janeiro extends beyond the sporting contests to the tech arena where startups will show their prowess in security technologies, live video transmission technology, public transportation navigation, AR systems, satellite technologies and sports tech. Read more...

Add a little ‘yiddishkeit’ to your reading list this summer

Summer’s here, and whether from the heat or the humidity or the harrowing election cycle, we bet you could use an escape. Whether you’re lucky enough to be lazing on a beach or packed in like a pickled herring on a subway car, take some time to retreat into a good, Jewishy book. Here are seven fresh reads on the lighter side — because it’s too hot out there to get too heavy. Read more...

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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division
Editor-in-chief: Janine Gelley, Chairperson
Co-editors: Lisa Moss & Raquel Dar
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