Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, a Chabad emissary in the Dagestan region in Russia who was shot and seriously injured, landed on Thursday 25/7/2013 at 1:30 AM in Israel – and was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah-Tikva. According to the hospital, his condition is serious and his life is still in danger.
The cornerstone laying ceremony for the Ezra Lemarpeh Center in Sderot was conducted in the square adjacent to Sderot’s main sports hall. Participating in the event were Rabbi Elimelech Firer, the Chairman of Ezra Lemarpeh, the Mayor Mr. David Buskila, the Minister Mr. David Dichter, the Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Litzman, the Attorney General Mr. Weinstein , the Chairman of the Friends of Ezra Lemarpeh, Mr. Yigal Ahuvi, dignitaries, donors and public figures
As part of the International Diamond Week at the Israeli Diamond Exchange (IDE), an honorary membership was awarded to Ezra LeMarpe chairman Rabbi Elimelech Firer in a celebratory Passover reception, in recognition of his lifetime achievement.