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Two stories involving Jewish people and airplanes made news toward the end of last year. In November, when an El Al flight en route to Los Angeles had to make a 12-hour emergency stop in Billings, Montana, the 300 passengers were treated to a surprise: tarmac-side service by local Jews delivering toiletries and kosher food. “You don’t often get a planeload of Israelis in Billings,” said Donna Healy, who organized the toiletries. Then in December, L.A.-based Jewish philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz, on a stopover in Shannon, Ireland, on his way to Israel, noticed 400 U.S. soldiers sitting on the airport floor eating MREs (meals ready to eat). After a short speech thanking them for protecting him, his family, and Israel, he gave them each $50 to buy a hot meal. 

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