New Zealand

Religious Books Rescued From New Zealand Chabad House

04/13/2011

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Nearly 1,000 religious books have been rescued from the heavily damaged Chabad House in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Chabad House is located in the city's downtown, near the epicenter of the major Feb. 22 temblor that claimed more than 165 lives, including three Israelis. Days following the quake, a rescue worker, at risk to his own life, removed the Chabad center's two Torah scrolls.

Fireman Rescues Two Torah Scrolls from Christchurch Rubble

03/03/2011

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Two Torah scrolls buried under the rubble of the Chabad house in Christchurch, New Zealand, have been saved.

Rabbi Shmuel Friedman, who escaped from the Jewish outreach center with an Israeli backpacker when the devastating earthquake struck Feb. 22, was stopped Wednesday by police detective Chris Bell as the rabbi tried to salvage remnants of the Chabad building in central Christchurch.

Campaign For Quake Damaged Shul In New Zealand

03/01/2011

The Bnei Akiva youth organization in Christchurch, New Zealand, is conducting a fund-raising appeal on behalf of the Canterbury Hebrew Community, a synagogue damaged in the country’s recent earthquake. The synagogue, according to its web site, is “closed until further notice.”

Israeli Among Dead, Chabad House Destroyed in New Zealand Quake

02/22/2011

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – An Israeli backpacker is among the dozens killed in an earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

At least 65 people are reported dead and many buildings toppled, including the city’s Chabad house, in Tuesday's temblor, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.

The Israeli, who has not yet been named by embassy officials, was in a car with three other Israelis when a building collapsed on them, according to Chabad’s Rabbi Shmuel Friedman.

Wikileaks: New Zealand Severed Ties With Israel Over Arab Trade

12/23/2010

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – New Zealand’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Israel following a botched Mossad operation was an attempt to increase trade with the Arab world, according to leaked diplomatic cables.

In July 2004, two Mossad agents were caught trying to obtain a New Zealand passport fraudulently, triggering the worst diplomatic meltdown between the two countries. They were jailed and later repatriated to Israel. In 2005 Israel apologized for “the incident with the Mossad” and normal diplomatic relations were restored.

Partial Victory in New Zealand in Fight Over Shechitah Ban

11/30/2010
JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- A controversial ban on kosher slaughter by New Zealand's agriculture minister has been partially reversed amid allegations that his decision was taken to appease Muslim countries that have lucrative trade relations with New Zealand.

The reversal marked only a partial victory for the Jewish community: While the ban on kosher slaughter of poultry was suspended and a deal on kosher lamb is still being negotiated, the ban on beef is expected to remain in place. That means kosher beef will have to be imported from Australia.

Agreement Allows NZ Kosher Slaughter of Poultry

11/26/2010
JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – New Zealand’s Jewish community has won an 11th-hour agreement from the government to allow the kosher slaughter of poultry.

Lawyers acting for the community were due to begin a legal battle Monday against the government’s controversial ban on shechita in the High Court in Wellington.

Kosher Slaughter Allowed in New Zealand Until Trial

08/09/2010

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – A judge in New Zealand has allowed the kosher slaughter of animals to resume until the lawsuit filed by the Jewish community against the government comes to trial.

Justice Denis Clifford, of the High Court in Wellington, confirmed Monday an agreement reached between the Jewish community and representatives of the Crown Law Office, which is representing Agriculture Minister David Carter.

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