July 5, 2014

June 2014

Synagogue in Argentina to be named after Raoul Wallenberg

In a likely unprecedented event in the history of the Jewish people, a synagogue will be named after Raoul Wallenberg. The decision was made by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation after consulting with numerous religious authorities regarding the adequacy of identifying a Jewish place of prayer with the name of a Gentile. In this respect, it is worth singling-out the opinion of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, who enthusiastically welcomed this initiative. The Synagogue is located in the village of Las Palmeras, a small Jewish colony in the province of Santa Fe, only a few miles away from Moisesville, one of the best known Jewish colonies in Argentina.

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Article on the UK Guardian “Holocaust hero is a role model for us all”

The article was written by the chairman and president of IRWF honoring Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved the lives of 669 Jewish children and kept the story of his courage to himself for 50 years. IRWF chairman and founder had the privilege to meet Winton in June 2013 at the residence of the Swedish ambassador in London where the IRWF awarded the Wallenberg Centennial Medal to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Sir Nicky is such a natural role-model, and IRWF initiated an international literary contest aimed at high-schools students who would write essays about his legacy in order to convey his story to younger generations.

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