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27, were shot on the night of Aug. 25 at
the brothers' apartment. The three were
pronounced dead at the scene, according
to reports.
Police believe the men were targeted by
the assailants, according to the Los Angeles
Times. There was no sign of forced entry.
"Our community is shocked by the
needless murder of three members of the
Iranian Jewish community' Pooya Dayanim,
president of the Iranian Jewish Public Affairs
Committee, told the Beverly Hills Courier.
The men all moved to the United States as
young children, Dayanim told the Associated
Press. They were not wealthy and had no
criminal pasts, he added.

JDC Helps Elderly
Survive Moscow Heat

New York/JTA — The American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee has enlisted a group
of volunteers to help elderly Jews in Moscow
during a heat wave in Russia.
JDC has created a volunteer base of some
40 young Jewish students and profession-
als in the Russian capital to check in on the
elderly as temperatures in recent days have
hit 100 degrees and beyond, the organization
said in a news release.

The volunteers are "ready to do everything
necessary from check-in calls, in-home
visits, revitalizing meal deliveries, and fan
purchases': the JDC said in the release.
They have made about 900 phone calls
and numerous home visits to the isolated
elderly, as well as helped staff an air-condi-
tioned childcare program at a JCC.
"By activating our strong network of
community centers and social workers with
supplemental help from young people who
gave up their traditional Russian summer
vacations to volunteer, we have helped many
people escape the oppressive and exhausting
conditions brought on by this environmental
crisis," said Steven Schwager, the CEO of the
Joint Distribution Committee.

New Chabad House
Being Built In Mumbai

JTA — Construction has begun on a new
Mumbai Chabad House.
The building will include a synagogue,
kosher kitchen, mikvah and educational
spaces, according to a Chabad-Lubavitch
official in New York.
It also will include a memorial to directors
Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg and
four visitors who were viciously murdered in

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the Nariman House in the November 2008
attacks on several Mumbai sites, including
luxury hotels, a train station and a popular
cafe. More than 170 people were killed in the
attacks.

German Yeshivah
To Ordain 2 Rabbis

Berlin/JTA — Two rabbinical students
reflecting the demographics of Germany's
burgeoning Jewish community are set to be
ordained at a German seminary.
In what some are calling more proof
of the revival of Jewish life in Germany,
Shlomo Afanasev and Moshe Baumel of
the Rabbinical Seminary of Berlin will be
ordained in ceremonies Monday at the his-
toric synagogue of Leipzig.
They are the second batch of rabbis
trained at the school, a program of the U.S.-
based Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. The first
ordination was held in June 2009 in Munich.
Asanev was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan,
where he studied financial management and
accounting. He will be working for the Jewish
communities in the state of Brandenburg,
Germany.
Baumers family immigrated to Germany
from Lithuania in 1991. He will be rabbi and

director of Jewish studies at the Zwi-Peres-
Chajes School of the Jewish Community
of Vienna, Austria. In addition to pursuing
ordination, Baumel has studied art history
and antiquities.
Germany's Jewish community consists of
about 80 percent immigrants from the for-
mer Soviet Union. Some 200,000 Jews live in
Germany today, about half of whom are affili-
ated with Jewish communities. Only 20 years
ago, the Jewish population was about 30,000.
"The ordination is the apotheosis of all the
concerns about whether the Russian immi-
gration to Germany would produce Jewish
life': Rabbi Joshua Spinner, the Rabbinical
Seminary's director, told JTA.
The influx of Jews "is not only producing
the communities who want the rabbis, it is
also producing the rabbis themselves': said
Spinner, 40, who last year was appointed
chief executive officer and executive vice
president of the Lauder Foundation.
The seminary describes itself as a suc-
cessor to the institution founded by Rabbi
Azriel Hildesheimer in 1873 in Berlin and
shut down by the Nazis in 1938.
The seminary is associated with the
Conference of European Rabbis and the
Orthodox Rabbinical Conference of Germany.

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