Carmel fire

Scientific Research and National Planning: A Lesson from the Carmel Fire

Special to the Jewish Week

Times of crisis are inevitably accompanied by controversy. The very public finger-pointing that is underway in Israel regarding the recent devastating fire in the Carmel is to be expected. The arguments between Israel’s national and regional authorities, as well as central agencies in the non-profit sector, create a lot of media noise but they also must be seen as part of an invaluable process of introspection, which, it can be hoped, will lead to improvements and changes in fire and crisis readiness.

Aaron Ben-Ze’ev

Innovators Step Up To The Plate in Wake of Israel Fire

ROI recruits alumni to help with fire relief fund.

Staff Writer

Much ink has been spilled about the younger generation of Jews, a generation (older people tend to gripe) that is marked by entitlement.

This moniker has oft been applied to members of the ROI Community, an international group of 550 young Jewish leaders whom philanthropist Lynn Schusterman has treated to an all-expenses paid trip to Israel, including lodging at a nice hotel, sumptuous food and lavish entertainment (in recent years, participants were asked to pay a nominal fee of a few hundred dollars).

ROI members and staff. Young leaders being asked, for the first time, to give back.

Carmel Fire Death Toll Rises


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The number of Israelis killed in a massive fire in the Carmel Forest rose to 42 with the death of Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer, who died trying to save fire victims.

Tomer, the highest ranking female police officer in the Israel Police, died Monday. She was burned over 90 percent of her body last week, after trying to assist prison guard cadets riding in a bus that caught fire while on its way to evacuate a prison in the path of the blaze. Most of the bus' passengers died in the fire, as well as three volunteer rescuers.

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