Friday, September 16, 2011

Lawmaker: MTA’s New Pro-Palestine Billboards "Very, Very Dangerous"

Assemblyman Hikind Objects To Ads Asking U.S. Military To Stop Funding Israel
The MTA has just released a new billboard that is sure to rile up many in the Jewish community.
Photo: CBS 2
New billboards went up across New York City on Wednesday night with a message that could have subway riders doing a double-take.

They’re paid for by a group that wants the U.S. to stop funding for the Israeli military. -- CBSNews

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Nazi-Plundered Jewish Museum Shows Lost Collection in Berlin

The entrance to the first Berlin Jewish Museum, which opened in 1933.
The works featured include "The Prophet'' by Jacob Steinhardt from 1913,
a 1932 statue of David by Arnold Zadikow and
an 1897 painting by Lesser Ury, whose location is still not known.
Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum via Bloomberg
Berlin’s first Jewish Museum opened in January 1933, just one week before the Nazis seized power. Karl Schwarz, its founder, realized immediately that the museum was doomed and his life was in danger.

He fled Berlin for Tel Aviv months after opening the museum, which he’d worked for years to turn into a reality.

“The new museum had only just been founded and I had to leave it!” he wrote in his memoir. “But these considerations were hardly worth anything; much more important things were at stake -- my life, my work, my children’s future. I knew absolutely: There was nothing to hope for here.”

Almost 80 years and much painstaking research later, the Centrum Judaicum, on the site of the former museum, has reassembled some of the lost art for an exhibition titled “The Berlin Jewish Museum (1933-1938): Traces of a Lost Collection.”  -- Catherine Hickley, Bloomberg

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Jewish Prof at York Univ. Forced to Defend Himself against Anti-Semitism Claims

Cameron Johnston, a social sciences and humanities professor at York University, is having to defend himself against allegations of anti-Semitism after a student apparently misunderstood comments he made in a lecture on Monday.
Brendan Kennedy/Toronto Star
A half-listening student, a hypersensitive campus and the speed at which gossip travels on the Internet conspired to create a very damaging game of broken telephone for one York University professor this week.

Cameron Johnston, who has been teaching at York for more than 30 years, has been forced to respond to allegations that he made anti-Semitic remarks in a lecture on Monday afternoon after a student misunderstood his comments and began sending emails to Jewish groups and the media.

Johnston was giving his introductory lecture to Social Sciences 1140: “Self, Culture and Society,” when he explained to the nearly 500 students that the course was going to focus on texts, not opinions, and despite what they may have heard elsewhere, everyone is not entitled to their opinion. -- Brendan Kennedy, Toronto Star

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Visible Only from Above, Mystifying "Nazca Lines" Discovered in Mideast

The giant stone structures form wheel shapes with spokes often radiating inside.
Here a cluster of wheels in the Azraq Oasis.
CREDIT: David D. Boyer APAAME_20080925_DDB-023
They stretch from Syria to Saudi Arabia, can be seen from the air but not the ground, and are virtually unknown to the public.

They are the Middle East's own version of the Nazca Lines — ancient "geolyphs," or drawings, that span deserts in southern Peru — and now, thanks to new satellite-mapping technologies, and an aerial photography program in Jordan, researchers are discovering more of them than ever before. They number well into the thousands.

Referred to by archaeologists as "wheels," these stone structures have a wide variety of designs, with a common one being a circle with spokes radiating inside. Researchers believe that they date back to antiquity, at least 2,000 years ago. They are often found on lava fields and range from 82 feet to 230 feet (25 meters to 70 meters) across. -- Owen Jarus, LiveScience

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Jewish Burial Society Live-Streams Funerals

A Jewish burial society in Australia is believed to be the first in the world to offer live web streaming of funerals over the Internet.

The Melbourne Chevra Kadisha has installed a camera at the prayer houses of the two main cemeteries in Melbourne, according to a report in the Australian Jewish News.

The web streaming, which is in its trial phase, costs about $250, according to Chevra Kadisha director Fred Grossman. DVD copies of the funeral service also are available.

Grossman said the service was proving popular, largely because so many Jewish families are dispersed across the Diaspora. -- JTA

Rabbis Group Stands Up for Tomato Pickers

Rabbis for Human Rights-North America took part in a prayer event in a Naples, Fla., Publix supermarket to help ensure the safety of tomatoes pickers.

Fifteen rabbis and two rabbinical students took part in the prayer circle Thursday in Naples urging Publix to sign the Fair Food Agreement, a contract that guarantees that tomato pickers are working in an environment with a zero-tolerance policy for trafficking and slavery, sexual assault and child labor. It also would raise their wages by a penny per pound of tomatoes.

Publix has refused repeatedly to sign the agreement or meet with workers.

The rabbis’ group has partnered with the Committee of Immokalee, a coalition of 4,000 tomato pickers, and they plan to stage another demonstration over Sukkot urging all major tomato retailers to sign the pledge. They also used social media to help push their message.

Nine major retailers of tomatoes, including McDonalds, Whole Foods and Subway, have signed the pledge.

“As rabbis, we are called upon to be moral leaders,” said Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, the director of North American programs for Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. “We cannot stand idly by as the workers who pick our tomatoes suffer some of the worst human rights abuses in America.” -- Forward

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PLO Official: Palestinian State to Be Free of Jews

Commenting on the subject of minority rights in the potential Palestinian state, PLO envoy to the U.S. says past experience shows the two people should "be separated."
The West Bank settlement of Ariel
Photo by: AP
The future independent Palestinian state will not include a Jewish minority, a top Palestinian official told USA Today on Wednesday, adding that it was in the best interest of both peoples to "be separated."

Maen Areikat, PLO Ambassador to the United States, made the comment just as the Palestinian Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, was preparing to offer up Palestinian statehood to a vote in the United Nations General Assembly later this month. -- Haaretz

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Young Jews Help First Nation Reforest after Fire

Members of Teva Quebec recently planted trees and interacted
with the community at the Atikamekw First Nation reserve
n the Mauricie region, an area that was devastated by a forest fire last year.
Seen planting trees are Teva members Marina Privorotsky, left, and Arielle Shnaidman.
A group of young Jewish adults from Montreal travelled to the Atikamekw First Nation reserve in central Quebec over the Labour Day weekend to help plant trees after a devastating forest fire in the area.

The 23 university students and young professionals are members of Teva Quebec - the Quebec Jewish Coalition for the Environment, whose president and co-founder is Rabbi Schachar Orenstein of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue.

The reserve is located at Wemotaci, near La Tuque about 300 kilometres north of Trois-Rivières, and it took the group six hours to get there.

More than 1,400 people were forced to leave their homes in May 2010 when fires ravaged the surrrounding area. -- Canadian Jewish News

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Saudi Arabia's Water Needs Eating into Oil Wealth

Lack of water poses major challenge to agriculture, mining industries;
kingdom uses double amount of water per capita than global average.
Photo by: Reuters/Ali Jarekji
Long before it understood the value of oil, the desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia knew the worth of water.

But the leading oil exporter's water challenges are growing as energy-intensive desalination erodes oil revenues while peak water looms more ominously than peak oil, the theory that supplies are at or near their limit, with nowhere to go but down.  -- Reuters via Jerusalem Post

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Jewish Camp Foundation Wins Big Grant

The Foundation for Jewish Camp has received a $3.3 million grant for a new program to create jobs for Jewish educators.

The Nadiv program will fund the creation of three new educator positions for Reform nonprofit Jewish overnight camps and Jewish day or synagogue schools, plus the other positions shared between community camps and day or synagogue schools.

The Jim Joseph and Avi Chai foundations are funding the pilot initiative, which was was designed with the Union for Reform Judaism.

“Here is an extraordinary opportunity to share and transmit the ‘magic’ of camp into congregational and day school settings,” said Paul Reichenbach, the URJ’s director of camping and Israel programs, in a statement. -- JTA via Forward

Beyond Religious and Secular, Some Israeli Schools Are Forging a Third Way

Seniors at the Reut School in Jerusalem welcome new students on the first day of the new term, September 2011. (Linda Gradstein)
At first glance, Reut looks like a typical religious Israeli high school.

The first day starts with Shacharit, the morning service. The boys, all wearing kippot, sit separately from the girls. Only boys lead the service. There’s plenty of singing and clapping. The service lasts more than an hour.

But on closer inspection, a few things are different. Unlike religious schools, most of the girls here are wearing jeans and many have piercings in various parts of their bodies. Many of the boys are not wearing tefillin, although many are wearing earrings. Some even have both.

Reut, a Jerusalem middle school and high school, defies the usual Israeli dichotomy of “secular” or “religious.” The school calls itself a pluralistic community, and it is part of a third stream of education that tries to bridge the gaps between secular and religious Israelis. -- Linda Gradstein, JTA

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Israeli University Voted Best Place in World to Work

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
Israel's Weizmann Institute has once again been singled out by The Scientist as one of the best places in the world for academics.

There are only three instruments in the world like Dr. Michal Sharon's mass spectrometer, which vaporizes large molecules to analyze their shapes and compositions. Two are in England and hers is at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

This is the sort of distinction, multiplied manifold, that recently earned the Weizmann accolades from The Scientist magazine as "best place to work in academia" outside the United States. The institute consistently appears among the top five international (non-US) institutions, and has been ranked first twice before.

Since the Weizmann has no undergraduates, most professors have a light teaching load and can devote much of their time to their research. "It's a true heaven for young scientists," says Sharon. -- Harvey Stein, Israel21c

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100 Years ago, Jewish Colony Left Mark on Utah and a People

Tribune file photo) Circa 1912/1913, a tractor used by Jewish settlers at Clarion. The tractor failed to continually work for the settlers. Clarion was the work of Jewish settlers in the early 1900s. After several setbacks, the settlement near Gunnison failed and was abandoned. Photos courtesy of Bob Goldberg
One hundred years ago, dozens of Jewish families did something that would have been unthinkable for many of their ancestors.

They left crowded East Coast cities and trekked westward, to central Utah, to farm.

It was an attempt at agricultural living — among a people not known as farmers — that drew more than 250 people over a five-year period to a settlement near present-day Gunnison.

That settlement, called Clarion, may not have existed long, but many want to ensure its legacy continues to flower. That’s why members of Utah’s Jewish community, descendants of the settlers and others plan to gather in Clarion this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its founding.

"So many of our ancestors went and lived in cities," said University of Utah history professor Bob Goldberg, who wrote a book about the colony called Back to the Soil: The Jewish Farmers of Clarion, Utah, and Their World. "They lived on the lower east side. They lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. This small group of people that went off to the land are basically unheard of."

Though few people know that a Jewish farming community once existed in Utah, the colony was part of a worldwide movement. Goldberg noted it was one of about 40 such U.S. settlements founded as part of the Back to the Soil movement. -- Lisa Schencker, Salt Lake City Tribune

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JTS Launches Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue

On September 6, 2011, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced the establishment of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue (MCID), funded with a $2 million gift from New York philanthropist Howard Milstein and the Paul Milstein family. The Milsteins have a long history of engagement with JTS. Irma Milstein chaired the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and served on the JTS Board of Trustees. The gift from her family marks the second generation of relationship between the Milsteins and JTS.

The Milstein Center’s invitation-only inaugural event will take place at JTS on Monday, October 31, 2011, with His Eminence Kurt Cardinal Koch as the guest of honor. Cardinal Koch is visiting from the Vatican, where he is the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, which includes the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. This is Cardinal Koch’s first trip to New York City in that capacity.

“The new center will expand the long commitment of JTS to interreligious dialogue and partnership and enable us to highlight an annual schedule of distinct programs that range in complexity and content,” said Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, who will be director of the Milstein Center. Rabbi Visotzky is the Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at JTS. He has been active in interreligious dialogue for more than three decades in the United States and internationally.

Howard Milstein added, “This is a good time to build on 50 years of Jewish-Christian dialogue and expand it to all of the Abrahamic religions. At a time when religion-based antagonism is one of the greatest threats to world peace, JTS has a pivotal role in educating the next generation of religious leaders to promote mutual respect among all faiths.”

Among his many philanthropic activities, Howard Milstein serves on the board of directors of the UJA-Federation, Cornell University, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He is chair of the New York Blood Center and the American Skin Association, and has funded a major archive project at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research at the Center for Jewish History. He is a founding Leadership Council member at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and has supported a broad range of Catholic charities. He also served as an adviser to Edward Cardinal Egan, immediate past archbishop of New York. He has been honored by many Jewish and Catholic organizations for his staunch support of their work. Mr. Milstein is president and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank. He is chairman of his family’s real estate holdings, which include Milstein Properties, and founding chairman of the merchant bank FriedbergMilstein. -- Eve Glasberg, JTS

Rabbis, Scholars Compile Materials to Guide Civility Drive

A group of leading rabbis and scholars has compiled sermons and other materials to help Jewish leaders talk about civility during the High Holidays and all year.

The civility materials, which include religious texts and study materials, were prepared by a working group composed of rabbis and scholars from across the Jewish religious spectrum under the auspices of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

They are part of the Campaign for Civility that JCPA launched in 2010 and can be found on the JCPA website.

“Increasingly, conversations are giving way to diatribe. We can do better,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “We hope that these materials will be used as a resource by synagogues, rabbis, schools, and throughout the Jewish community to help build understanding about the Jewish value of civil discourse.

"Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are times for self reflection, a time when confessional prayers and study help us to focus on issues of listening and speech. It is a perfect opportunity to evaluate just how we have used our power of speech and how we might choose our words in ways that engender greater cohesiveness and mutual respect.” -- JTA

Turkey's Secretive Sabbatean Sect

The Turkish newspaper Zaman interviews historian Marc Baer about the Donmeh, descendants of followers of false messiah Sabbatai Zevi who emigrated en masse from Salonika to Turkey with the fall of the Ottoman Empire. -- YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN, Zaman, Turkey via JTA

New Mosque, built by Donmeh community of Salonica during the Ottoman period.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From Stabbing IDF Soldiers to Having them as Teammates, Palestinian Uses Football for Peace

Twenty-four Israelis and Palestinians came together
as a "Peace Team" to play Australian-rules football.
(Jonathan Davis)
Sulaiman Khatib is an ordinary Palestinian with an extraordinary past.

Born in the West Bank near Jerusalem, he grew up as a “freedom fighter,” as he describes it, fighting against the Israeli occupation by throwing stones and preparing Molotov cocktails.

But in 1986, when he was just 14, he and a friend stabbed some Israeli soldiers. Khatib was arrested and sent to prison for 10 years. He spent most of his time behind bars learning Hebrew and English, reading about Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi and studying the histories of other conflicts -- all of which, he said, led him to a startling conclusion.

“I believe there is no military solution to the conflict,” Khatib, 39, said of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an interview this week with JTA from Melbourne. “I believe nonviolence is the best way for our struggle, for our freedom and for peace on both sides.” -- Dan Goldberg, JTA

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Hush Hush on Egypt’s Phantom Flight to Israel

So much about this airline is a mystery.

The lone ghost-white aircraft – with no logo or name displayed – sits in the far corner of the airfield outside Cairo International Airport. The aged twin-engine Boeing 737 could be mistaken for a CIA plane used for extraordinary rendition of al-Qaeda suspects; it even resembles the DC-2 that flew to Shangri-La.

The plane, in fact, is the entire fleet of the phantom airline: Air Sinai, a semi-secret division of Egypt Air.

Though thousands of people have tried and failed to get a seat on this plane, it is possible to do so. It’s just not easy.  -- Patrick Martin, Globe and Mail, Toronto via JTA

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No More Insulin Injections?

A peptide synthesized by Israeli researchers provides a radically improved weapon against Type 1 diabetes, stopping it at its source.

Andromeda CEO Dr. Shlomo Dagan, right, with DiaPep 277 inventor Prof. Irun Cohen
Israeli drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Clal Biotechnology Industries (CBI) have more than $40 million riding on an Israeli-innovated treatment for Type 1 diabetes now in advanced clinical trials in about 115 medical centers on five continents.

Teva owns the license and worldwide market rights to DiaPep277, a trademarked peptide first synthesized in 1994 by Prof. Irun Cohen at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science. This synthetic peptide - a chemical link extracted from a long protein chain - seems to halt the progression of this form of the disease, which used to be called "juvenile" diabetes.

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes result from problems with insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy for all the body's functions. Type 1, accounting for about five percent of the estimated 220 million worldwide cases of diabetes, is caused by an abnormal immune response that kills the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Until now, nobody has found a way to address the root cause of this serious immune system foul-up, so patients must take daily injections of insulin. -- Avigayil Kadesh, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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France's Mideast Envoy: Opposition to Palestine Bid Cost My Job

France's special envoy to the Middle East said she was fired because she opposed a Palestinian plan to ask the United Nations for statehood.

Valerie Hoffenberg learned over the weekend from a French Foreign Ministry announcement that she had been dismissed. Hoffenberg had been in Israel the previous day and told an Israeli official that she was against the Palestinian statehood declaration expected to come later this month, according to Haaretz. She said a Palestinian state should be formed through bilateral negotiations.

Hoffenberg, who is Jewish, has been in the position since 2008. She is a close political ally of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

She told Haaretz that she had been planning to step down from her post in order to run for Parliament. -- JTA

Egypt, Israel Seek Normality after Embassy Storming

An Egyptian army soldier sits on his vehicle beside an Egyptian flag outside the police academy
where the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak took place in Cairo on Sept. 11.
Photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egypt and Israel said on Sunday they wanted a return to normal diplomatic activities after the Israeli ambassador flew home following the storming of the embassy in Cairo during violent protests.

Egypt’s army, which took over when Hosni Mubarak was ousted on February 11, has struggled to quell public fury against Israel since five Egyptian border guards were killed last month when Israel repelled cross-border raiders it said were Palestinian.

The United States called on Egypt to protect the mission. -- Maha El Dahan and Edmund Blair, Reuters

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Monday, September 12, 2011

D.C. Temple Hosts 9/11 Commemoration

More than 1,000 people gathered at the Washington Hebrew Congregation for a religious event to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The event was hosted by the Washington National Cathedral, but could not be held there due to damage from last month's earthquake.

Six religions participated in the commemoration, which included a Unity Walk in which participants visited 13 houses of worship along Embassy Row.

The event began with a symbolic Muslim call to prayer from the Washington Hebrew Congregation's podium, according to the Washington Post. -- JTA

Jewish Leaders Slam Mel Gibson, Warner Bros. for Judah Maccabee Movie

Mel Gibson
"Casting him as a director or perhaps as the star of 'Judah Maccabee' is like
casting Madoff to be the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission," says Rabbi Marvin Heir.
Prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to speak out against Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti Defamation League, who criticized Gibson’s controversial 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in response to the news.

“Judah Maccabee deserves better. He is a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty. It would be a travesty to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views,” Foxman tells THR of the project, which is being co-developed by Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas. -- Alex Ben Block, Daniel Miller, Hollywood Reporter via Yahoo.

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Take My Gefilte Fish, Please: Kutsher’s Comes to Manhattan

Kutsher's in the Catskills, shown here in 2000,
is the inspiration for Kutsher's Tribeca,
a 140-seat restaurant to open downtown.
Chris Ramirez for The New York Times
It could be argued that Mark Spangenthal is the boldest chef in New York.

The fall season will bring a bounty of new restaurants whose chefs want to dazzle metropolitan palates with revolutionary expressions of taste, texture and technique.

But Mr. Spangenthal must be the only one with the audacity to take on ... gefilte fish.

Mr. Spangenthal recently joined the team that’s putting together Kutsher’s Tribeca, a 140-seat restaurant to open in late October that will borrow a brand name from the Catskill Mountains — and a concept that comes right out of Jewish-American collective memory — and transplant it to downtown Manhattan. -- Jeff Gordinier, NY Times

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Catholic-Jewish Relations: How Far We've Come, How Far We've Yet To Go

Pope Benedict XVI (left) talks to chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni in Rome's main Synagogue on January 17, 2010.
The Roman Catholic Church provided "often hidden and discreet" support for Jews during the Holocaust,
Pope Benedict XVI said during his landmark visit to Rome's main synagogue.
(AFP PHOTO/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
A fascinating exchange recently took place in the pages of the Vatican's newspaper between the chief rabbi of Rome and the Vatican's chief representative to the Jewish people. Their conversation reflected just how far we've come in Christian-Jewish relations -- but also how far we have yet to go.

It started when L'Osservatore Romano published an article by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. Writing about the upcoming interfaith gathering at Assisi, Italy, on Oct. 27, Koch noted two key changes since the first Assisi summit 25 years ago: the collapse of communism and the rise in terrorism.

After arguing that "peace is the common effort of all religions," Koch concluded that from a Christian perspective, "the cross of Jesus erases any desire for vengeance and calls everyone to reconciliation, it rises above us as the permanent and universal Yom Kippur," referring to the Jewish Day of Atonement….

The reference to the holiest day on the Jewish calendar disturbed Rome's top rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, who replied to Koch, also in the pages of the Vatican newspaper. -- Philip A. Cunningham and Eric J. Greenberg, Religion News Service via Huffington Post

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Flam Winery: A Family Affair

The vineyard near Jerusalem benefits from moderate temperatures.
One of Israel's fast-flowering boutique wineries, Flam is small but gathering rave reviews from top critics.
When Prof. Cornelius Ough, a professor of oenology at the University of California at Davis, arrived in Israel in 1972, he didn't know what a revolution he'd set off. He took a look at the rugged Golan Heights region, whose fields were primarily used to grow apples, and declared it optimal for winemaking as well.

Four years later, the Golan Winery was founded, transforming Israel from a country specializing in sweet wines for ritual use on Shabbat and holidays, to a source of high-quality wines for enjoyment year round.

The fruit of that discovery is still in play, with the opening of nearly 250 small "boutique" wineries across Israel in the last decade and a half. One of those new establishments is the Flam Winery, a plucky family-owned business run by winemaker Golan Flam, who studied agriculture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before continuing on to apprentice at top wineries in Tuscany and Australia. -- Ariel Blum, JTA

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Ukrainian Mayor Says Synagogue Ruins Are Not Threatened

The Golden Rose Synagogue, Lviv, Ukraine
The mayor of the Ukrainian city of Lviv denied reports that the preserved remains of the historic Golden Rose synagogue* were being destroyed to make way for a controversial hotel.

"I want to reassure everyone that no construction has ever taken place at the site of the Golden Rose," Lviv's mayor, Andriy Sadovyy, said in his statement.

"Construction of a hotel in the neighboring Fedorova Street, which has drawn criticism from some civic organizations’ representatives, has nothing to do with the site of the former Synagogue,” he said.

The mayor also said that plans were going ahead for new memorials to Lviv Jews murdered in the Holocaust.



*Also known as the Nachmanowicz Synagogue, or the Turei Zahav Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת טורי זהב‎)

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Silence Is the Most Appropriate Response"*

 


*Elie Wiesel stated that silence is the most appropriate response to the Shoah. So silence may be the best response to and best remembrance for the event of September 11, 2001.

Lois Silverman, Ba'Olam Editor