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Bulgarian street named after Israeli A street named after Israeli conductor Itzhak Gratziani is expected to be inaugurated Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria. A native of Bulgaria who immigrated to Israel in 1948, Gratziani, who passed away in 2003, served as the conductor of the IDF orchestra, and was known as Israeli's national conductor of "Hatikva." • Talya Halkin Hadassah salutes student volunteers Young Hadassah International intends to award this year's Bernice S. Tannenbaum Award for young volunteers of distinction to a group Israeli students dedicated to settling the Negev. The prize is to be awarded Thursday in in the presence of President Moshe Katsav. The students receiving the prize are supported by the Ayalim Association, which provides incentives such as scholarships and subsidized housing to encourage students to settle in the Negev. They reside on Kfar Adiel, the first of five villages planned by the association, which is located approximately 35 kilometers south of the Ben-Gurion University campus in Beersheba. "People think of our generation as an egotistical 'me' generation," said Amos Attali, Hadassah's Holland-based president of Young Hadassah. "And so we are happy to expose those who act in the spirit of volunteering for others." • Talya Halkin ADL starts on-line anti-bias program A new on-line educational initiative to combat bias and promote respect was presented earlier this week in Washington, DC, by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The on-line A World of Difference Institute is to provide Web-based training programs and services for schools, homes, corporations and law-enforcement agencies. The unveiling of the project was made at the League's annual National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. "Developing the skills, knowledge and awareness to live, work and play successfully in our increasingly diverse society will be only a mouse click away," said Barbara B. Balser, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in a written message. "Through the Internet, vast numbers of individuals will have access at their work or home to the most advanced and comprehensive tools for combating prejudice and promoting understanding and respect." • Talya Halkin Tribunal rules against Beit Yaakov Jerusalem's Administrative Tribunal accepted Wednesday an appeal made by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and decreed that the Education Ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality must exercise their authority to prevent discrimination in the city's haredi seminars for girls. The appeal, which was filed two months ago, included evidence that the Beit Yaakov schools for girls had a 30% quota for the acceptance of girls from Sephardic families. • Talya Halkin

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