Thanksgiving : one year after deadly typhoon

Baby Israel by Emylou Antigua

“My little Israel . . . blessing from God . . .” wrote Haiyan survivor Emylou Antigua on her Facebook account / contributed by Emylou Antigua)

Emylou Antigua has a happy reminder of the devastating typhoon that battered the central Philippines a little over a year ago: her son, named for the Israeli medical team that helped deliver him.

American Jewish Pins toys JDC photo

Danny Pins, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee chief financial officer for Africa and Asia region distributing toys and food to children in northern Cebu, Philippines. (Courtesy of JDC)

For Chief Financial Officer Danny Pins of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee his group’s response to Haiyan is “personally rewarding.”

Catholic mom, Jewish financial officer – what they are grateful for in their experience related to typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda…

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Rocket fire fails to drive away Filipinos in Israel, so far

Philippine-born Franciscan Fr. Angelo Beda Ison, who recently retired from a decade-long ministry as chaplain of the Filipino community in Israel, wrote NCR on Tuesday about his experience of rocket fire from Gaza.

He is among at least 41,000 Filipinos in Israel thought to be facing danger in renewed violence in Gaza that reportedly began Nov. 14 when Israel killed a Hamas military leader, supposedly to end rocket attacks from Gaza.

Complete NCR Today blog :   Escape path marked for Filipinos in Gaza, but workers stay put in Israel By N.J. Viehland  |  Nov. 20, 2012