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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-11-21

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Aide To Menachem Begin

Gavriel Fiske
Times of Israel

During World War II, he joined the
British Army, where he was involved
in providing aid for newly released
ehiel Kadishai, a longtime
Holocaust survivors. After the war,
aide to former
he joined the Irgun,
Israeli Prime
Jabotinsky's pre-state
Minister Menachem Begin
who helped Holocaust survi-
tary movement, and
vors make their way to Israel 5 1
worked in Europe
after World War II, died at
to smuggle Jewish
the age of 90 on Nov. 16,
Holocaust survivors
2013, after suffering a heart
into Palestine.
He later became
Kadishai was a close con-
involved in politics
Yehiel K adishai
fidant of Begin for decades
and in the 1960s
and served as the former
Begin's Herut party
prime minister's personal secretary
and later Begin's Likud party. In 1977,
and chief of staff, including during
Likud became the first right-wing
the period in the late 1970s that saw
party to win the elections in Israel.
Israel and Egypt negotiate and sign the Kadishai retired from politics in the
Camp David peace accords.
1980s, but remained close to Begin
Kadishai was born in Poland in
until the latter's death in 1992.
1923, emigrating along with his family
Kadishai was "modest, smart, witty
the following year to Tel Aviv, where
and completely dedicated to the State
he grew up as a member of Ze'ev
of Israel and to the people of Israel:'
Jabotinsky's Betar movement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


said. Kadishai was someone whom
"everybody loved," who had "a Jewish
soul and a warm heart" and, despite
the challenges, "accompanied Begin
along his path, in the political desert
and in leading the country"
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that
Kadishai was "part of the experience of
my youth" and his passing was another
sign that "a special generation of lead-
ers who fought for independence,
safeguarded values and principles in
politics, and made important decision
for our future" was at an end.
In May, at an event at the
Menachem Begin Heritage Center in
Jerusalem honoring his 90th birth-
day, Kadishai said, "Begin used to
say, when the enemy says he wants to
destroy us, we should believe him and
do everything to prevent it.
"Today, they still want to destroy
us; but, thank God, we are here, more
than 6 million Jews in Israel. I never
would have dreamed of it, praise God,"
Israel National News reported.

Federations Organize
Help For Philippines
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
are mobilizing a communal response to the super
Typhoon Haiyan, which has wrought widespread
destruction in the Philippines.
JFNA has opened a mailbox for Federations to
support relief efforts by the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee, which is raising funds for
relief efforts.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee is consulting with local officials, the
Filipino Jewish community and global partners to
assess the evolving situation on the ground in the
Philippines, where one of the strongest storms on
record has wrought widespread destruction. To
donate, go to bit.ly/18igQMa.
The American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a
Jewish international development and human rights
organization, is collecting funds to provide aid on the
ground in the Philippines. Donate at bit.ly/HQ6aNK.
An Israel Defense Forces delegation departed
on a humanitarian mission to the Philippines on
Nov. 13 to provide aid to the storm-ravaged city of
Tacloban, the army said.
The 148-member group, comprising national
search-and-rescue unit officials and senior doctors
in the IDF medical corps, set up a "multi-depart-
ment medical facility" to provide medical care for
casualties of the disaster in Tacloban.


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