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Israel and China: Allies at a distance

Israel and China: Allies at a distance

WHEN PRIME Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited him to be Israel’s ambassador to China in 2012, Matan Vilnai already had a decorated career as a cabinent minister, military general and Knesset member. But there was one hole in his resumé.

“I knew nothing at all about China,” Amb. Vilnai reveals in an exclusive interview from his Beijing office.

To prepare for his current role, Vilnai embarked on an intensive six-month study program that included basic Mandarin, the official language of China. His teacher, Shalva Jin — an Israeli Jewish woman of Chinese descent — traces her heritage to the ancient Kaifeng Jewish community. She made aliyah in 2000.


Seven business stories to watch in 5776

Seven business stories to watch in 5776 ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION B PAGE 8 NEW YORK — Tired of hearing about the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians or about Iran? There’s plenty of other happening in Israel, from the country’s enormous natural gas reserves to a growing push to legalize marijuana. Here are seven news items you may have missed in 5775 — watch for them as the New Year begins. 1. Controversial gas drilling

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 September 2015 16:06 )


Mismanagement at Claims Conference?

Mismanagement at Claims Conference?NEW YORK — Ahead of its annual meeting in New York, the board of directors of the Claims Conference controversy, again, looked to lead the agenda for the group that handles German compensation for Nazi atrocities against Jews. This time the cause is an angry letter sent to the board on June 29 by Shmuel Hollander, the independent ombudsman appointed by the Claims Conference three years ago in the wake of a $57 million fraud scandal that rocked the organization and resulted in numerous arrests...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )


Sean Leventhal, Jonathan Sar form law firm

Sean Leventhal, Jonathan Sar form law firmAttorneys Sean Leventhal and Jonathan Sar have launched Leventhal Sar LLC, a boutique law firm in Denver specializing in personal injury law. Leventhal Sar handles all types of personal injury law, including motor vehicle accidents, aviation accidents, dog bites, nursing home abuse, pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents, premises liability (slip and fall), product liability, ski accidents and wrongful death. “We formed Leventhal Sar to combine our diverse legal backgrounds, ability to achieve r...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 May 2015 21:14 )


Family history of new Google CFO, Ruth Porat

Family history of new Google CFO, Ruth Porat PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION A PAGE 17 SAN FRANCISCO — To the business press, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more obvious — it represents a shift in power from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. And there’s no question that it’s a big deal when one of the most powerful women in finance decides that the grass — or at least the money — is green...
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Op-Ed: How to teach kids to support Jewish causes

Ben Harris If young Jews aren’t taught to support Jewish causes, those causes will eventually die, a Florida rabbi writes. ... [Link]

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