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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Helping to fix up damage in Haifa

NEWTON

A Newton temple has played a role as Boston's Jewish community has raised more than $8 million to help meet the emergency and medical needs of people in Haifa, Israel since a ceasefire in the Israel-Lebanon war took effect Aug. 14.

The Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston said it has raised $7.6 million. Temple Emanuel in Newton is aiding Congregation Moriyah in Haifa construct a safe room by raising $50,000 and Rabbi David Paskin, of Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, is donating the proceeds from his annual fundraiser bike-a-thon to Rambam Hospital.

Also, the Greater Boston Chapter of American Friends of Magen David Adom is helping renovate the headquarters for Israel's ambulance service to ensure faster emergency responses.

-- Stephanie M. Peters

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