Chief Rabbi vis­it­ing slums and aid projects in In­dia

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

CHIEF RABBI Ephraim Mirvis ar­rived in In­dia last week­end to re­ceived a warm wel­come for the in­com­ing In­dian High Com­mis­sion.

Rabbi Mirvis met Navtej Sarna, a for­mer In­dian am­bas­sador to Is­rael af­ter ar­riv­ing in Delhi on Satur­day evening.

The Chief Rabbi is spend­ing 10 days meet­ing Jewish com­mu­ni­ties in Delhi, Mum­bai, Cochin and Cal­cutta. He is also due to visit

Chief Rabbi Mirvis be the slums of Kalwa, north of Mum­bai, and view so­cial ac­tion projects.

Be­fore he left, Rabbi Mirvis other joined faith lead­ers con­demn­ing a crack­down on Christ­mas by some Mus­lim coun­tries.

It fol­lowed a threat by the Sul­tan of Brunei to im­prison any­one pub­li­cally cel­e­brat­ing the Chris­tian in the south-east Asian coun­try. Chief Rabbi Mirvis, said faith com­mu­ni­ties “have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to stand to­gether to op­pose dis­crim­i­na­tion”. The ban was “re­flec­tive of an in­tol­er­ance that, as Jews, we sim­ply can­not coun­te­nance,” he said. in the city of Lvov dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Moscow “in­dicted the Hitler gov­ern­ment, and es­pe­cially Himm­ler” for the atroc­ity.

Jan­uary 6 2006: Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ariel Sharon suf­fered a mas­sive stroke, leav­ing Ehud Olmert to take over as the coun­try’s leader. The JC re­ported that “Is­raeli pol­i­tics were “fac­ing melt­down” as Mr Sharon un­der­went emer­gency surgery. He never re­cov­ered and died in 2014 hav­ing spent over eight years in a coma.


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