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December 6, 2016 / 6 Kislev, 5777

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Power Outage in Jerusalem As Storm Snaps Trees, Damaging Cars

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Jerusalem of Gold became Jerusalem of Dark on Thursday night when the season’s first winter storm snapped trees and brought down power lines in the capital city, leaving residents to cope with increasing cold weather on their own.

Winds of at least 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour) and driving rain came down in sheets, causing local flooding and loosening up the root systems of old bushes and trees.

A number of parked cars in the city were damaged by falling trees, and several neighborhoods in Jerusalem lost power for varying periods of time as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Blessed Rain in Jerusalem

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

People walking in the rain on Yafo Street in Jerusalem on Dec. 1, 2016 – the first major rain of the year.

Rain in Jerusalem

Rain in Jerusalem

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Reports are coming in from around Israel — it is finally raining.

On the Hermon mountain, a mixture of snow and rain have begun falling.

Around Jerusalem the winds are blowing and knocking down branches.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Turkey Bracing for Acid Rain after ISIS Blows Up Mosul Sulfur Factory [video]

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Turkey is on high alert for a huge acid rain cloud coming its way following a fire that erupted at a sulfur plant south of Mosul, the Daily Mail reported Sunday night. ISIS blew up the al-Mishraq sulfur plant a few weeks ago, to slow down the advancing Iraqi army.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak expressed his hope that the cloud, capable of producing acid rain that would burn through vegetation, will not hit Turkish territory but instead “will pass by our Hakkari borders (southern Turkey) and proceed directly to the Caspian Sea.”

Turkish meteorologists were less optimistic, predicting that humidity in the area will increase, and when water merges with sulfur dioxide and water vapor, it will form sulfuric acid rain that “will burn the plants in the region.”

According to the UN, Iraqi health facilities have treated more than 1,000 cases of suffocation in the area south of Mosul, and condemned “what appears to be a scorched-earth policy employed by retreating” ISIS fighters. UNEP chief Erik Solheim said that “this is, sadly, just the latest episode in what has been the wholesale destruction of Iraq’s environment over several decades.”

Solheim added that the “ongoing ecocide is a recipe for a prolonged disaster. It makes living conditions dangerous and miserable, if not impossible. It will push countless people to join the unprecedented global refugee population.”

Naturally, there will be no discussion of this war crime at UNESCO, because the organization’s time is taken up with obliterating the memory of Jewish ties to Jerusalem.

David Israel

Winter Rains Arrive in Israel, Flash Flood Warnings Issued

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

“…. I will give rain for your land at the proper time, the early rain and the late rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine and your oil.” (Deuteronomy 11:13-21)

The winter rains arrived right on schedule this Thursday, sweeping through northern Israel and then spreading to the central region before reaching the Negev.

In the south and eastern parts of the country, forecasters warned residents to beware of flash floods, in particular in the dry desert areas around the Dead Sea, where low-lying roads are easily flooded.

Foreign hikers and tourists driving through the area are often suddenly caught unawares during such rainstorms.

The rain was expected to be accompanied by a rise in the temperatures, and high winds, but forecasters said the mercury would drop to seasonal levels by Friday with the rain tapering off.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli, Russian Hikers Rescued From Blizzard on Russian-Mongolian Border

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Two Israeli hikers were successfully rescued Tuesday after they were trapped on a mountain in a blizzard on the Russian-Mongolian border.

Along with the Israelis, two Russian hikers were also caught out in the storm, which hit the group Tuesday morning on a trail about 2200 meters (6,600 feet) above sea level.

The hikers sent out a distress call on their satellite phone and reached the Magnus company, which provides evacuation services to Israelis when they’re abroad. Magnus teams are on call to carry out policies issued by five leading Israeli insurance companies that offer its services. Founded to provide Israeli travelers and their families with solutions in case of loss of contact and emergency while abroad, Magnus teams plan and launch skilled rescue operations at short notice.

Israeli consul in Russia Jacob Rosh was in phone contact with Russian authorities to seek their assistance in the rescue effort.

Local rescue teams were dispatched to the area to bail out the hikers, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon. They arrived just in time; the group was facing rain mixed with snow, the temperature was 10 degrees and they were running low on fuel for their propane burner.

JNi Media contributed to this article.

Hana Levi Julian

NY Gov Signs Anti-Boycott Law then Joins 52nd Israel Parade in Pouring Rain [video]

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

It was dry and cozy at the Harvard Club in Manhattan, where NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new executive order that bans companies supporting a boycott of Israeli products from doing business with NY State agencies. Outside, on Fifth Avenue, the stubborn marching groups of the 52nd annual Celebrate Israel parade were pushing ever forward under the persistent rain.

Gov. Cuomo spoke to an audience that included many Jewish leaders and lawmakers, describing the BDS movement as an “economic attack” on Israel. “We cannot allow that to happen,” the governor said, according to the NY Times. “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

Mr. Cuomo signed the executive order, and then joined the wet masses in the parade.

The BDS usual suspects, such as the movement’s Qatari founder Omar Barghouti, called Cuomo’s move part of Israel’s “legal warfare against BDS,” and complained that Israel was trying to “delegitimize the boycott.” Mostly because the boycott represents an effort to delete, not just delegitimize Israel.

The governor later tweeted: “What a great honor it was to march in the @CelebrateIsrael parade today.”

It may have rained on Sunday in Manhattan literally, but it didn’t rain on Israel’s parade figuratively, as the Broadway Cast of Fiddler on the Roof, the band SOULFARM, – the Paprim Ensemble Dancers of Israel Dance Institute, and the Maccabeats — to name but a few — did their thing down the avenue.

Marching Bands included NYC Police, Cadets, Fusion Core, Saint Brigades Drum & Bugle Corps, Connecticut Hurricanes, Bushwhackers Drum & Bugle Corps, Long Island Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Upper Schuylkill Marching Band, Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps, Excelsior Drum & Bugle Corps, and Skyliners.

The parade featured floats and vehicles from the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center, American Friends of Magen David Adom, American Technion Society, American Zionist Movement, Ariel University, Avi Chai Foundation, Bank Leumi, Bnei Akiva of the United States and Canada, Carmel, EL AL & Israel Ministry of Tourism, Gift of Life Marrow Registry, Dr. Felix Glaubach & Family, Hazon, Hebron Fund, Hillel Yeshiva, IDB Bank, IDT Corporation, Israel Bonds, State of Israel, Jfiix, Jewish Agency, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Jewish National Fund, Kars 4 Kids, Kids of Courage, Nefesh B’ Nefesh, One Israel Fund, Russian American Jewish Experience, Sephardic Heritage Alliance Inc. & Iranian American Jewish Federation, Stand With Us, and UJA-Federation of NY.

Finally, this is the complete list of the marching groups:

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AJC-American Jewish Committee
American Russian Jewish Community Cluster /COJECO
American Veterans of Israel Legacy
AIFL-American Israel Friendship League
ARZA
ASHAR
AZM
Barkai Yeshivah
Ben Porat Yosef
Berman Hebrew Academy – Rockville, MD
Bi-Cultural Day School
B’nai Jeshurun
Bnei Akiva of US and Canada
Boy/Girl Scouts of America
Brandeis School
Camp HASC
Carmel Academy
Center for Jewish Life
Chai Riders
Congregation Or Zarua
Cyprus Federation of America
Eagles Wings Ministries
East Midwood Hebrew Day School
Ezra Academy
Friends of Israel Scouts – Tzofim Tzabar
Friends of the IDF
Friends of Yashar LaChayal /East Brunswick Tri-Synagogue Alliance
Frisch School
Golda Och Academy
H.E.S. Hebrew Educational Society
HAFTR Lower/Middle/High School
HALB Middle School
HALB DRS
HALB SKA
HANC
Hannah Senesh Community Day School
Hazon
Heschel School
Hillel International
Hillel Yeshiva/HS
JAFI – Jewish Agency International Development
JCRC – Long Island
Jewish Educational Center
Jewish Educational Center – Bruriah
Jewish Educational Center – Mesivta,
Jewish Federation Northeastern, PA
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJ
Jewish Federation of North NJ
Jewish Federation Rockland County
Jewish Foundation School
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Joseph Kushner Academy/Rae Kushner HS
Jscreen
Kinneret Day School
LGBT Cluster
Lone Soldier Center
Lower Merion Cluster
Ma’ayanot Yeshiva HS for Girls
Magen David Yeshiva Celia Esses High School
Magen David Yeshivah  (2015 Winner)
Maimonides Academy – Los Angeles
Manhattan Day School
Manhattan Jewish Experience
Marks Jewish Community House
Marlboro Jewish Center
Monmouth County – Federation from the Heart of NJ
Moriah School
National Conference of Shomrim Societies
Northeast Queens JCC
Northshore Hebrew Academy Middle/High Schools
OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services / Camp Kaylie
OU/Yachad/ NCSY
Progressive Cluster
Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School
Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva  (2015 Winner)
RAJE
Ramaz School Middle/High Schools
Rambam Mesivta – Midreshet Shalhevet
Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey
SAR Academy/High School
SHAI
Shorefront YM-YWHA
Shulamith School for Girls – Cedarhurst
Shulamith School for Girls of Brooklyn
Skaters and Bladers in Memory of JJ Greenberg
Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
Solomon Schechter School of Long Island
Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
Solomon Schechter School of Queens
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester
Team Lifeline (Chai Lifeline)
Temple Beth Abraham
Temple Israel of Great Neck
Temple Sholom of West Essex
Torah Academy of Bergen County -TABC
UJ Federation of Greater Toronto
United Congregations for Israel
United Mashadi Jewish Committee of America – UMJCA
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism/USY
Volunteers for Israel
Westchester Day School  (2015 Winner)
Westchester Hebrew High School
Westchester Jewish Council
Yavneh Academy  (2015 Winner)
YB Hillel of Passaic
Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore/Congregation Brothers of Israel
Yeshiva Derech HaTorah
Yeshiva Har Torah
Yeshiva High School 0f Boca Raton
Yeshiva of Central Queens  (2015 Winner)
Yeshiva University
Yeshivah of Flatbush Middle/High School  (2015 Winner)
Yeshivat BitaHon
Yeshivat Noam
Young Judaea/Hadassah
ZOA – Zionist Organziation of America

(Source: Celebrate Israel Parade)

David Israel

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