Irena Sendler the Hidden Holocaust Hero

irena-sendlerNew records, facts and stories are constantly coming to light which provide fresh perspectives for Holocaust studies. Some of the new information comes from survivors while other data is ascertained by researchers. One particularly moving account of heroism during the Holocaust was uncovered by a group of Kansas high school students whose dedication to publicizing the unique story that they discovered led to the creation of a wide-ranging project, Life in a Jar, which developed into a book, a website and a performance which has been viewed by thousands of people throughout the world.

In 1939 Irena Sendler, a young Polish social worker, joined the Zegota, the Polish underground which was dedicated to helping Poland’s Jews escape from the Nazis. By 1942, with the establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Zegota sent Sendler into the ghetto in the guise of a health inspector, to ascertain what could be done to save some of the Jews interned within the ghetto walls. Continue reading Irena Sendler the Hidden Holocaust Hero

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Guest Post: Calculating Vacation & Havra’a

by Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP & CEO Israpay

Havra’a is a mandatory payment by law. It is paid annually to all employees who have at least one year’s tenure with their current employer. There are several rates (for private and public sector) and they are updated each year in June.

The current rate (June 2011) in the private sector is 365 shekels per day. Employees are allotted days according to their tenure as follows: Continue reading Guest Post: Calculating Vacation & Havra’a

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Guest Post: Youth Employment

by Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP & CEO Israpay

Just in time for the summer vacation!  Make sure your teenage kids who found a summer-time job are paid according to the law. Effective July 2011, the new minimum wages for youth are as follows:

apprentices = 14.22 shekels per hour
up to age 16 = 16.59 shekels per hour
up to age 17 = 17.77 shekels per hour
up to age 18 = 19.67 shekels per hour
from age 18 and up = 22.04 shekels per hour

There are special regulations in effect for employing youth: Continue reading Guest Post: Youth Employment

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