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Reform congregation in German City of Hamburg dedicates its first Jewish Cemetery

The Reform congregation in Hamburg of Germany has dedicated its very first Jewish Cemetery

The Jewish Cemetery in Woms, Germany. Wikimedia commons

November 1, 2016: The Reform congregation in Hamburg of Germany has dedicated its very first Jewish Cemetery.

The community’s section of the Ohlsdorf cemetery was inaugurated by Rabbi Moshe Navon, head of the Liberal Congregation in Bad Pyrmont, earlier this month. The inauguration was supported with $3,280 worth of gift for plantings at the area from the Hamburg-west/Südholstein parish church. The Holy Ghost Community of Pinneberg also donated $1,090.

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The main Jewish cemetery of Hamburg-Altona is the cemetery that has been in use by the community till date.

The vice president of the synod of the Pinneberg community, Ursula Büttner, who is also a frequent guest at the services of the Liberal Congregation, stated that the donation is a “sign of reconciliation and peace,” as reported by the September newsletter of the Europian Union for Progressive Judaism.

According to a news portal, the Liberal Jewish Community of Hamburg, first established in 2004, is a member of the Union of Progressive Jews in Germany. It reports having a circle of friends and supporters of nearly 200 people that include the non-Jews and a membership of about 300 people. The website of the community says that its next target is to open its very own synagogue.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany says that there are 2445 registered members of the Jewish community presently, in Hamburg.

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Reports from related news states that Hamburg has plans to submit an application in December, to UNESCO- the United Nations Organizations, responsible for the heritage sites and education, for recognition of their main Jewish cemetery, named- the Jüdische Friedhof Altona, as a World Heritage Site. The decision would have to wait till mid-2018.

The cemetery, famous for its grave designs, holds about 8100 graves and covers nearly 400 acres of area. It was established by a Sephardic community in Portugal in 1611. An Ashkenazi section was built and added later. The famous personages who are buried inside include the father of the popular German poet Heinrich Heini. Since 1960, it has been an official and popular cultural landmark of Germany, mentioned

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The Jewish cemeteries in Germany are targeted by Vandals at times, even though they are officially well protected. The police in Strasburg reported that some unknown perpetrators had demolished a heavy grave-stone in the Jewish cemetery of the city, last week. The public has been asked for assistance in identification of the culprits.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

Google Along with Other SSocial Media Giants will Face The Lawmakers, Wikimedia Commons
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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?