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UBA Orot Modiin dedicates new auditorium/synagogue

The 600 girls of UBA Orot Modiin in the town of Modiin recently celebrated the opening of the remodeled auditorium/synagogue on their campus. 

The auditorium will now be called 'Heichal Moshe v’Esther' in memory of Rabbi Moshe and Esther Nachtailer z”l, whose legacy helped to complete the renovation. Rabbi Beni Nachtailer (no relation), the Director General of the YBA Educational Network and Rabbi Asher Corsia, the Rosh Ulpana welcomed the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, the mayor of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, Haim Beavas and other local officials at the dedication ceremony.


Like all YBA network schools, UBA Orot Modiin is very involved with the welfare of its local community. Hence, the students will share the synagogue on Shabbat and holidays with Congregation Menorat Avner, a neighborhood congregation named after Avner Goldman, am IAF helicopter pilot who was killing in the line of duty.

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UBA Orot Modiin Campus

IAF launches cadet training program at YBA Bar Yochai, Meron

Gen. Amir Eshel reviews the cadets upon arrival

The commander of the Israel Air Force, Gen. Amir Eshel, visited the campus of YBA Bar Yochai in the Galilee town of Meron in September to launch a new cadet trianing program, "Kanfei Shachar" (Wings of Dawn).

The program is a joint venture between the IAF and Merkaz Yeshivot Bnei Akiva meant to prepare a cadre of highly skilled recruits to man the  ground support crews for the IAF's fighter jet squadrons.

Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yosef Tawil welcomes the general
as Rabbi Beni Nachtailer listens
The students chosen for the program will wear IAF uniforms and be considered military cadets in every respect. The program's curriculum will include advanced studies in electronics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering,
Gen. Amir Eshel addressing the cadets in the Beit Midrash

First class of Kanfei Shachar cadets with honored guests
Rabbi Beni Nachtailer, the Director General of the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network wished the cadets much success as they embark on a new course in their lives. "The way of religious Zionism demands that we should be involved in every aspect of Israeli society, always applying our eternal Jewish values in daily life."

Gen. Eshel told the cadets that he was proud of the unique collaboration between the IAF and the YBA educational network. "We are thirsty for the special qualities that the students of YBA schools will bring to the air force," he said. "The number of pilots is limited, but they need a large number of high quality soldiers as ground support staff to make sure they can carry out their missions successfully and return home safely."



Baruch Dayan Emet: Lt. Tamar Ariel (25), Graduate of UBA Even Shmuel

Israeli Killed in Nepal: IAF's First Female Religious Navigator

Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, made history when she became a navigator in the IAF in 2012. Agam Luria, 23, and Nadav Shoham were also killed.
First Publish: 10/16/2014, 8:22 PM

Lt. Tamar Ariel z"l
Lt. Tamar Ariel z"l
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An Israeli woman killed in the Anapurna Ridge avalanche in Nepal has been identified as Lt. Tamar Ariel, 25, of Masuot Yitzchak.


Ariel had made history in 2012 when she became the IAF's first religious female navigator. She had served in that capacity in the Ha'emek Squadron, based at Ramat David in the Galilee.


She was educated in religious Zionist institutions and completed the ulpana at Even Shmuel, near Kiryat Gat.


After her national service, she was summoned to be tested for eligibility to take part in the Pilots' Course. Four years later, she completed Course 165 in December of 2012 and took part in the graduation wearing the long skirt that is favored by religious Zionist female soldiers.


Earlier Thursday, the name of a second Israeli who was killed in the disasterwas published: Agam Luria, 23, of Kibbutz Yifat. Luria, a graduate of Haemek Hammaravi High School in Yifat, left behind his mother and two older brothers.

The identity of a third Israel who was killed in the avalanche was released Thursday evening: Nadav Shoham of Mitzpe Hoshaya in the Galilee.


Thirteen Israeli hikers are hospitalized at the military field hospital in Nepal following the disaster. Seven of them are very lightly injured and are expected to be released soon, and probably return to Israel. Six others will remain hospitalized and probably will be transferred to other hospitals.


All in all, 135 Israelis who are in Nepal have yet to contact their families but it is believed that most of them will do so in the coming hours.