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Firefighters Get Control Over Jerusalem-Area Forest Fires Near Beit Shemesh, Givat HaMatos

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Firefighters were once again faced with flames in the forests around Jerusalem as the temperatures soared and dry air created a tinderbox among the trees.

A team of four firefighters managed to get control of a forest fire in Horesh, in the area of Givat HaMatos, according to local officials by around 2 pm Tuesday afternoon.

There was a serious concern the blaze would reach buildings located in the area; as a result, people living in nearby caravans temporarily evacuated their homes.

Likewise, a similar firefighting team of four was deployed to the forested hills surrounding the area near the southwestern Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

The flames had reached an abandoned forest, but firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control, said Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson Udi Gal.

No injuries were reported from either site.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Day Special: Ancient City’s Latest Facts and Figures

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

In honor of Jerusalem Liberation Day, which is being celebrated on Sunday, June 5 this year (because Israeli holidays go by the Jewish calendar), the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has issued a plethora of stats about the city, gathered in the years 2014-15. So, here’s a sampling of everything you may have wanted to know about the tangible Jerusalem of this world:

Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel. By the end of 2015, there were bout 870,000 residents living in the eternal city, roughly 10% of Israel’s population.

Compare this with 2014, when Jerusalem boasted only 850,000 residents, out of whom 534,000 were Jews and others (63%) and 316,000 Arabs (37%).

Out of the Jews of Jerusalem, 32% define themselves as ultra-Orthodox, 17% are religious, 13% traditional-religious, 15% traditional but not so religious, and only 21% are secular.

Of those additional 20,000 residents, about 19,800 were added via natural reproduction, about 3,700 moved in from the rest of the country and from abroad, and about 3,500 left to other locations.

The main sources in Israel of migration to Jerusalem are the cities of Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv, and B’nai B’rak. Jerusalemites who leave the city go to Beit Shemesh, Tel Aviv, and the enclave of Givat Ze’ev which borders Jerusalem.

The overall fertility rate (average number of children a Jerusalem woman is expected to bear in her lifetime) in Jerusalem is 3.91, far higher than the national average of 3.08.

A Jerusalem average household has 3.8 members, also larger than the national average of 3.3.

On the work front, though, Jerusalem could improve a lot: only 51% of Jerusalem residents are counted in the work force, compared with 64.1% nationwide. This does not necessarily mean folks in Jerusalem don’t work for a living, it could mean more of them fail to report.

Jerusalemites don’t like to commute: 88.4% of the city’s working residents are employed in their city, compared with 71.7% in Haifa, 62.2% in Tel Aviv, 57.2% in Ashdod, 44.4% in Petach Tikvah, and 36.2% in Rishon L’Tzion.

Jerusalem retains its residents: a full 77% of them have lived in the city for more than 20 years.

While 57% of Israelis nationwide are satisfied with the size and proportion of green spaces in their cities, only 30% of Jerusalemites believe they have enough parks.

In the school year 2014-15, 65.5% of Jerusalem students were in Haredi educational institutions, compared with 65.3% in 2013-14. This trend has continued persistently, as the number of ultra-Orthodox students is going up and secular students’ down.

In related statistics: fewer than half (48%) of 12th grade students in Hebrew education institution took the matriculation exams in 2013-14, compared with 51% the year before. This means that more than half of the city’s young people are eligible to attend college.

Also related: Jerusalem registers the lowest average annual income out of Israel’s eight largest cities: $37,944.36.

As for housing, 57.9% of Jerusalem residents own their apartment or home, 30.9% rent, and the rest live in school dormitories or rent paying a key fee (one high amount up front, followed by small monthly payments). The average price for a Jerusalem apartment is $484,026.34, the average monthly rent is $826.12.

Regarding visitors: 78% of tourists who arrived in Israel made sure to visit Jerusalem (the rest, mostly Scandinavians and Germans, presumably landed directly on Eilat’s magnificent beaches down south).

Close to 900,000 foreign visitors spent a night in Jerusalem’s hotels, marking close to 3,000,000 nights altogether.


Prolonged Heat Wave Causing Numerous Forest Fires Across Israel

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

The heavy heat wave, now in its second day, continues to cause fires around Israel. A forest fire broke out Sunday morning in Daliyat al-Karmel, a Druze town onn Mount Carmel, some 13 miles southeast of Haifa, News 0404 reported. Firefighters are at the burning forest, assisted by two firefighting planes.

Open area fires have broken out Sunday in Tel Mond, a suburb of Netanya, as well as near Route 85, between Acre and Jadeidi-Makr.

Firefighters have also been at work putting out a brush fire near Palmachim in Rishon Letzion, as well as another, similar fire near the Kesem Interchange on Toll Highway 6.

Residents have been evacuated from their homes as large firefighting forces—eight teams—are trying to overcome a major forest fire near Moshav Luzit south of Beit Shemesh. The fire has damaged local chicken coops. Four planes are involved in the operation.

Seven firefighting teams are fighting a fire in Mata, also near Beit Shemesh. Route 435 was closed to traffic. Another fire broke out near Abu Gosh, on the main highway to Jerusalem, and the wind is causing the fire to spread fast.

A natural forest in the neighborhood of Naveh Sha’anan in Haifa has been on fire on Monday, with six teams laboring to put it out. Yeshiva children nearby have been evacuated.

David Israel

Rabbi Emanuel Holzer, z’l, NY Jewish Leader, Passes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Rabbi Emanuel (Manny) Holzer, z’l, passed away Monday (Feb. 22) after a lifetime of service to the Jewish community.

Holzer served for decades as the chairman of the Rabbinic Kashrus Commission in the advancement of communal kosher supervision.

The rabbi was also involved in the growth of the kashrut supervision at the Orthodox Union (the “OU” kosher supervising agency) since its inception and was a member of the OU’s Joint Kashrus Commission.

In addition, Holzer served as the chairman of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)’s Shechitah Committee and the Synagogue Council’s religious observance committee to coordinate efforts to prevent the passage of restrictive laws in the state legislature.

The rabbi was a graduate of Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS) at Yeshiva University and a student of the late, venerated Rabbi Yosef B. Soloveitchik, zt’l, whom he assisted with many projects.

Rabbi Emanuel Holzer was laid to rest in the Eretz HaChaim cemetery near Beit Shemesh after a funeral held at Sinai Chapel in Fresh Meadows, New York. He is survived by his wife Norma, a Jewish leader in her own right, their daughter, Cheryl Greenfield and their sons Jay, Rabbi David and Rabbi Dr. Barry Holzer.

Shiva is being observed until 9 pm Tuesday evening at 20 Shimon Street in Beit Shemesh. Starting Wednesday morning, Shiva is being observed at: 69-69 147th Street, Kew Garden Hills, NY.

Baruch Dayan HoEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

Beit Shemesh Mayor’s Infant Grandson Passes Away

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

The infant grandson of Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul passed away Thursday morning in the intensive care unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

The four-month-old infant, Moshe Rafael Mizrahi, z’l, was admitted to the hospital 10 days ago with a severe head injury.

The circumstances surrounding the baby’s injury are not clear.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

Beit Shemesh – Terrorists Tried to Get on School Bus Before the Synagogue [video]

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

A 25-year-old Israeli man is in moderate condition with multiple stab wounds to the head after a terror attack in Beit Shemesh early Thursday.

The two terrorists first tried to attack a children’s school bus before realizing that wasn’t going to work, and quickly moved on to what they believed was a less complicated target.

The two Arabs were standing at the bus stop along with a group of Jewish children and tried to board their school mini-bus during the morning rush hour, according to numerous eyewitness reports.

The terrorists, identified by police as Arabs from Hebron and Halhul, attempted to board the bus with the children. But an eyewitness told Galei Tzahal Army Radio the bus driver “closed the door to keep them out.” He also added, however, that “no one wanted to approach them because no one had a gun.”

The Israeli government is especially conservative about authorizing gun licenses for civilians.

The same eyewitness, Yinon Chen, said he followed the suspicious-looking pair as they abandoned the bus stop and moved on. He called police, noting they tried to enter a synagogue on Havakuk Street, where they stabbed a hareidi-religious man multiple times as he left morning prayers.

At that point, police arrived on the scene and neutralized the two terrorists. Both were shot.

The Jewish teen was treated at the scene and then rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in moderate condition, with stab wounds to his upper body and head, according to Magen David Adom medics.

The terrorists were in critical condition at the time of the attack and evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. One was pronounced dead on arrival. The second was subsequently listed in critical condition.

Beit Shemesh is primarily a religious city of 100,000 people located on the southwestern flank of the capital, among the forested Judean hills.

Jewish Press News Briefs

3 Jews Indicted for Torching Empty Bedouin Tent Encampment

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) On the morning of August 13, a recently vacated Bedouin tent encampment near the Arab village of Malik, some 10 miles from Ramallah, was torched, and a nearby rock was spray painted with a statement in Hebrew saying: “Revenge procedures,” alongside a red star of David. According to the Shin Bet website, the arson took place at about the same time the internal security police was conducting administrative detention procedures against Jewish activists in Judea and Samaria.

According to the Shin Bet, following an investigation, three right-wing activists, two of them minors, were arrested on suspicion of carrying out the torching. Now the prosecution has submitted to the Jerusalem District Court indictments against Avi Gafni and against another activist, a minor, on counts of arson, conspiracy, threats and obstruction of justice.

Avi Gafni, 19, originally from Beit Shemesh, was described by internal police as a member of the “Hilltop Youth” movement. The name refers to a social-cultural group living mostly in and around the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, whose definitions and boundaries are vague. Israeli media reports have described them as living—often squatting—in outposts or isolated structures, and in open spaces. Often, they may be part of a commune with authority figures, such as Avri Ran (“father” of the Hilltop movement), Meir Bartler, and Itay and Bat-Zion Zar. Hilltop youth men often grow beards and sidelocks, wear oversized yarmulkes, engage in sheep and goat herding and farming, and resist Israeli establishment culture.

Gafni has been ordered by administrative decree to remain outside Judea and Samaria. The Shin Bet says he is a suspect in a number of incidents of arson of Arab property in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem.


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