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April 11, 2014  RSS feed
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Adelson donation helps Israeli moon mission meet $37m budget

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife have pledged $16.4 million to fund the Israeli SpaceIL mission to the moon. The donation was reported on the Israeli science news site, hayadan.org.il.

“Sheldon and I are thrilled to be supporting the SpaceIL association in its effort to land the first Israel spacecraft on the moon,” Miriam Adelson was quoted as saying. “As a physician and an Israel-born scientist, I am particularly proud of the positive effect this will have on a generation of young Israelis and non-Israelis,” she said.

With 20 full-time staff and 250 volunteers, the SpaceIL project aims to land a spacecraft on the moon at a cost of approximately $37 million. The Adelson donation means the program has the necessary budget to push ahead with the mission, SpaceIL’s development head Daniel Saat told the London Jewish Chronicle.

SpaceIL is taking part in the Google Lunar X competition launched in 2007 and is the only team running its project through philanthropic donations rather than corporate sponsorship, according to the Chronicle.

Quebec party that wanted to ban kippahs loses in elections

The separatist Parti Quebecois government, which campaigned on a divisive charter that roiled the Quebec Jewish community, was beaten soundly in provincial elections. The party, which was in power for 18 months, was reduced to 30 seats from its current 54.

The Parti Quebecois campaigned mainly on its Charter of Quebec Values, which sought to forbid the wearing of religious symbols in the public workplace.

Also defeated was a Montreal Parti Quebecois candidate, Louise Mailloux, who claimed that kosher products have a hidden tax used by Jews to fund their political activities.

TSA alerts employees that travelers may be carrying ‘fragile’ matzah

The Transportation Security Administration said its employees are aware of Jewish needs during Passover and will accommodate requests for delicate handling of religious items.

“Our workforce is aware of the unique items carried by individuals and religious practices individuals may engage in while traveling,” said a statement posted April 2. “This may include reading of religious text or participating in prayer rituals. Observant travelers may be wearing a head covering, prayer shawl, and phylacteries – in Hebrew, kippah, tallit, and tefillin.”

The TSA also said it is aware that there will be increased travel between April 14 and April 22.

“Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzah, which are consumed as part of the Passover ritual,” it said. “Matzah can be machine or handmade and are typically very thin and fragile, and break easily. Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzoh, may request a hand inspection by the TSO (transport security officer) of the items at the security checkpoint.”

Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella Orthodox group, expressed its “profound thanks” for the notice.


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