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Woman Gives Birth at 64
A woman on Sunday night broke an Israeli record, giving birth to a son in Tel Aviv's
Tel HaShomer Hospital at the age of 64. Mom gave birth in her 30th week and the delivery
was described as difficult. Both mother and son are recovering.
Fertilization was done in a private clinic and the woman only came to the hospital for
pre-natal care in the last trimester. The mother is requesting anonymity and does not wish
to disclose any facts regarding the fertilization and/or the pregnancy.
Two More Rockets Strike as Sharon Visits Sderot
By IsraelNationalNews.com & VOA News
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon paid a visit to Sderot Tuesday and pledged to prevent
further Kassam rocket attacks on its residents. Ironically, Sharon was then promptly
hustled toward shelter due to a renewed barrage of rockets falling on the town - which is
within Israel's pre-1967 borders.
His tour was not announced in advance and the rockets fired during his visit did not
land near him, but residents have sharply protested Sharon's plans to withdraw from Gaza.
Residents say that the abandonment of Gaza is a move that will make such rocket attacks a
regular occurrence not just in Sderot but also across Israel.
"We are determined to take broad action to ensure that what happened will not be
repeated - not now, before we have moved out of the Gaza Strip, and not after we leave,"
Sharon told reporters in Sderot. He was referring to the 3-year-old boy and his
49-year-old grandfather who were killed on Monday when struck by a Kassam rocket fired
into Sderot from Gaza. "We don't plan to ignore what happened here. The security services
have begun taking actions whose aim is to prevent the firing of these missiles."
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz admitted, "We have a problem dealing with the firing of
Kassam rockets". According to the Defense Minister, "The initial solution is to take over
the areas from which the terrorists launch the rockets, as we have done. We will stay in
the Beit Hanoun vicinity as long as is necessary."
Meanwhile, an Israeli man has been found shot dead in a truck near the West Bank city
of Ramallah. A militant branch of Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement, the al-Aqsa Martyrs
Brigade, claimed responsibility. The group said the shooting was revenge for the killing
by Israeli troops of senior Palestinian militants in the West Bank town of Nablus a
several days ago.
Australian Holocaust Survivor, Dr Marius Loeffler, Searches for Birth Mom
By Israel Faxx Bews Service (Courtesy of JewishGen.com)
"I have very little to base my research. Time is progressing and soon might be to late,
as everything will disappear in oblivion. I will describe you very likely scenario, which
was created after two years of very painful mental search. This is very serious.
"I am now 74 but still working as a surgeon in private practice in Australia. As my age
is advancing, finding my origins and my family and especially finding my mother becomes
more and more important. I will describe you the following scenario
The events happened in Warsaw, capital city of Poland.
"(In) 1929, a young Jewish girl, as a result of her first love, becomes pregnant. Her
age is probably 15 or 16. Her parents, affluent Jewish industrialists are horrified and
devastated. They already planned the marriage of their daughter with a boy from another
rich Jewish Orthodox family. They could not afford to have an illegitimate grandchild.
Everything is kept secret and confinement take place in Santa Sofia Obstetrical Hospital
in Warsaw on 21 July 1930.
"Before confinement took place, the parents of the girl called Halina (Invented name)
were looking for suitable family to adopt their grand child. As it happened Mrs. Kazimiera
Loeffler and Mr. Jan Loeffler, both age 30, put their name for adoption in the same
hospital. Halina's parents got in touch with the Loefflers, who themselves were most
likely of Jewish descent and found them suitable as adoptive parents for their
"Ian was a clerk in the Ministry of Defense and they lived in an apartment, which
belonged to the army. Their address was ul. 29 Listopada next to the Royal Gardens called
Lazienki. Adoption took place in a secret way so nobody would know anything about it. I
was born in an unhappy situation being unable to be with my own family and to grow under
the care of my own mother. At this age I could not object and I was not given a choice. My
mother Halina was left with a broken heart, as she loved me already. Very tragic
separation was resulting from narrow mindless of the society at that time.
"I was adopted but not abandoned completely. The presence of an invisible hand was felt
throughout my childhood. Nanny was employed at time of adoption and she was looking very
well after me. She really was my surrogate mother. I was generally dressed in the most
expensive fashion designed children clothing. I had French lessons and a music teacher was
coming home to give me piano lessons. I had all the toys, a pushbike and generally was
better off than my peers from the playground.
"My seven-year-older sister. A natural child of my adoptive parents was getting very
little in comparison with me. That resulted in a great degree of jealousy. I did not know
that I am a Jew and I could not understand why peers called me a
"Dirty Jew" and pushed me and sometimes beat me up. I was a victim of anti-Semitism all my
life, which was rather incomprehensive to me as I did not have any Idea that I was
"In 1940, a Jewish family rented an apartment next to ours on their way to Warsaw
Ghetto. A young woman whom I remember because she was looking at me with love, spent a lot
of time with my adoptive mother Kazimiera and I was playing with her son who was younger
than me by two or three years. Today I know that he was my half brother. The address of
the place was Warszawa-Zoliborz ul Krasinskiego 29. Tel number was 12 55 50. This was my
mother who wanted to spend a few weeks with me and say goodbye before going to the Warsaw
"After a few weeks they moved to the Ghetto. They had a telephone in the Ghetto. I was
able to talk to them for a period of time but after, the telephone went silent. That is
about all that I know. Later on in life my adoptive father told me that my natural family
went through gas chamber in Treblinka.
"My mother if she would be alive would probably be around 90. Could she be still alive?
Could my half brother be alive?
Maybe they were able to escape from the Ghetto. What about me? I know that there was a
reason for the events to take
place. I know that HaShem gave me a chance to survive the Holocaust. I now have joined the
Jewish community and I am happy to finally be a Jew and be amongst my own people. It is a
An Interesting Genealogy Project
By Gary Mokotoff, Editor of Avotaynu.com
I just concluded a fascinating genealogy project that I would like to share with you.
Some months ago, I was contacted by a man who has formed an organization called "Schlach
Ami" ("Let my people go"--Exodus 5:1). The purpose of this organization is to help
Christians who are halachically Jewish to return to Judaism.
According to Jewish law (halacha) a person is Jewish if it can be proven that the
maternal ancestry demonstrates s/he is
descended from a Jewish woman. Note I use the term "return to Judaism" rather than
"convert" since Jewish law implies such persons have always been Jewish.
The specific case was a woman living in St. Louis whose ancestry had been Christian for
four generations, but she offered proof that her great-great grandmother was Jewish. I was
asked to join the project as a genealogist who would evaluate the evidence and determine
if it was sufficient for a Beit Din (rabbinic court) to conclude the woman was
The evidence consisted of the marriage record of the great grandmother, which
demonstrated she was married by an orthodox rabbi in Quincy, Ill. Additional evidence was
that a maternal granddaughter of the woman was married by an orthodox rabbi in Troy, N.Y.
There was also circumstantial evidence. For example, the father of one of her sons-in-law
fought in the Civil War and was included in a book published in 1896 listing Jewish
soldiers that fought in that conflict. As evidence that she was a descendant of this
woman, we offered birth certificates, and, when they were not available, baptismal
All this evidence was evaluated by a Chabad rabbi, who passed on the data to a Beit Din
in Los Angeles who concluded the woman was halachically Jewish. My report was then sent to
the leading Beit Din in the country, the one in New York, who, just last week agreed this
woman was Jewish. They found the evidence in the 25-page report (mostly documentation) so
compelling they said the woman would not have to go to a mikvah (ritual bath) to return to
Judaism. She was, indeed, Jewish.
The decision was made on the anniversary of the death of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Menachem Schneerson. Upon hearing the decision, the woman flew to New York with the
founder of Schlach Ami to visit the Rebbe's grave. The decision was significant in that a
Chabad Beit Din accepted secular records (birth certificates) and baptismal certificates
as proof of kinship.
Schlach Ami now hopes to have an organized program to assist other persons wanting to
return to Judaism. Others who contact them who are not halachically Jewish, for example,
paternal or mixed Jewish ancestry, will be offered literature and advice about the
significance of their Jewish heritage.
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