Friday, February 17, 2012

From Overseas Visitors, a Growing Demand to Study the Holocaust

Seminar participants at Yad Vashem,
whose international teaching branch produces materials
in more than 20 languages.
Photo by Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

Seven decades after the Holocaust, with its survivors rapidly dying, the most systematic slaughter in human history is taking on a growing and often unexpected role in education across the globe. Yad Vashem alone, which opened its international teaching branch only in the 1990s, produces material in more than 20 languages, is active in 55 countries and puts on 70 seminars a year for groups of visiting educators.  -- Ethan Bronner, NY Times

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Ending the scourge of prostitution

Many are unaware that Israel is classified as a destination and source country for human trafficking, of women in particular.
Photo by: John L. White / South Florida Sun-Sentinel / MCT
From the day I took up the chairmanship of the Knesset subcommittee on the trafficking in women I have been exposed to a dark, sinister world right here in Israel’s own back yard. Yet this is the same Jewish and democratic Israel that is committed to the values of equality and human rights.

Many of us are unaware that Israel is classified as a destination and source country for human trafficking in general and of women in particular.

Since the 1990s Israel has made considerable headway in its handling of human trafficking and the trade in women. 2006 saw the passage of a law forbidding trafficking in human beings for slavery or prostitution and the prohibition on the organ trade – an offense carrying a 16-year jail sentence.

After a decade of the state taking responsibility for the issue and dealing with it, we can see a decrease in the patterns of women trafficking compared with those of a decade ago.

However, the scourge continues, affecting women trafficked from Eastern Europe, migrant workers and African asylum seekers, the latter of whom undergo a saga of torture and sexual assault en route to Israel through the Sinai. -- Orit Zuaretz, Jerusalem Post

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art wins best museum award

Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Photo courtesy Israel Ministry of Tourism
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has won Best Museum Award in the prestigious Travel and Leisure Magazine Award 2012 for their new Herta and Paul Amir Building, which opened November 2, 2011. -- Israel Ministry of Tourism via Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Good cop advocacy marked Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi’s The Israel Project

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi presents
sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
with a plaque, August 2011. (The Israel Project)
Here’s what the international Jewish media conspiracy looks like: Two men and four women, all clad in dark suits, sitting around a table in a windowless conference room in a nondescript office in midtown Manhattan.

Together they run a global organization stretching from Washington to China that cultivates relationships with 240,000 thought leaders around the world -- diplomats, elected officials, community leaders and, especially, journalists. They compile dossiers on each reporter, updating their database if someone gets a new job, is assigned a new beat or develops a new interest. They spend more than $1 million per year on polling and focus groups. They’ve met multiple times with each of the candidates for U.S. president.

It’s all geared toward one goal: generating sympathy for Israel worldwide.

Now the woman who has led the organization since its founding in 2002, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, is stepping down from her post as president of The Israel Project. Ten years ago, when the Washington communications strategist first dreamed up her strategy for Israel, it was hard to find backing.

“No one would take on the plan because ‘Mein Kampf’ said Jews control the media,” Mizrahi told JTA this week. “But we were ceding the battleground to the enemy and they were destroying us.” -- Uriel Heilman, JTA

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Couple married 71 years makes aliyah

Phillip Grossman, 95, and wife Dorothy, 93, of Baltimore, Md.,
on a Nefesh B'Nefesh flight to Israel on their way to becoming
one of the oldest couples to ever immigrate to Israel, Feb. 14, 2012.
(Nefesh B\'Nefesh)
A Baltimore couple married 71 years is believed to be the oldest couple to make aliyah.

Phillip and Dorothy Grossman, 95 and 93 respectively, made aliyah Tuesday on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group flight in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish Agency, together with 43 new emigres from North America. -- JTA

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Britain’s Ambassador to open social clubs for Holocaust survivors

Britain’s Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould
Photo by UK in Israel/ Flickr
Britain’s Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould will today officially open the first of several social clubs for Holocaust survivors in Israel, thanks to funds that he personally raised with help from members of the Jewish community in Britain.

Gould, who will inaugurate the new club together with his wife, Celia, and Israel’s Welfare and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon, has spent the past year raising more than $1.5 million for the project. “This launch is the culmination of our work,” the ambassador told the Jerusalem Post yesterday, explaining that he made public appeals to the British Jewish community via UK media outlets.

The project, which aims to ease the loneliness felt by many Holocaust survivors in Israel, will see six social and cultural centres established – in Givat Olga, the Eshkol region, Kiryat Bialik and Migdal Ha’emek, and two in Bnei Brak. The centres will provide programmes and services for approximately 700 survivors.

Gould said that he was not deterred by the Israeli government’s failure to be an equal financial partner in this venture, pointing out that Israel’s Welfare Ministry has come forward to provide space for the centers as well as services. “When I was ringing people to get support, I was asked about the Israeli government’s involvement in helping survivors and I explained to people that in every country in the world, no matter how developed and rich it might be, there is always the problem of old people being lonely,” he said. “It is a problem across the developed world and governments are not always best placed to tackle it.” -- BICOM [British Israel Communications & Research Centre

There are an estimated 207,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel.

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Holder: U.S. urged Israel not to release killers of Americans

An Obama administration official said the United States urged Israel not to free Palestinian terrorists in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal who killed Americans.

In a Jan. 30 letter to the Parents Forum, a group of American citizens and parents whose children were killed or wounded by Palestinian terrorists in Israel, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States urged Israel’s government “not to release prisoners responsible for murdering or injuring US citizens before serving their full sentences."

Holder's letter, first reported by the Jerusalem Post, was in response to a letter to Holder sent by the Parents Forum for Justice on Jan. 19. In their original letter, the group expressed expressed concern that Israel released Palestinian prisoners with American blood on their hands in exchange for Shalit and the United States has not prosecuted these terrorists under U.S. anti-terrorism laws. Under U.S. anti-terrorism law, the U.S. can prosecute foreign nationals who commit terrorist acts against U.S. citizens outside of the country, but would need written certification from the attorney general. -- Zach Silberman, JTA

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Hackers threaten to wipe Israel from the Internet

Hackers threatened to remove all traces of Israel from the Internet on the same day that they crashed the CIA's website.

The hacker group Anonymous released a video last Friday saying that "For too long we have tolerated your crimes against humanity and allowed your sins to go unpunished." The video accused Israel of fomenting "a nuclear Holocaust" and said that "we will not allow you to attack a sovereign country based on a campaign of lies" -- a reference to the current standoff with Iran over its nuclear capabilities.

In the statement, the group said it has a three-step plan to destroy Israel that will start with "systematically removing Israel from the Internet."

The group took credit for taking down the public website of the Central Intelligence Agency; it was up and running again the following day. The attack reportedly did not access any sensitive information from the U.S. government agency.

Israel and pro-Palestinian hackers have been attacking each other's websites for the past month. -- JTA

A Rabbi’s Teachings on Recovery Find a Wide Audience

Rabbi Shais Taub, left, and Rev. Steven E. Boes, Boys Town's president,
spoke with each other after a meeting.
Photo by Dave Weaver for The New York Times
On a clement winter day at the edge of the Plains, two men in black trod a kind of hallowed ground. One was a Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Steven E. Boes, and the other a Hasidic rabbi, Shais Taub.

They were walking through the village [Boys Town, Nebraska] founded decades earlier by an immigrant priest, the Rev. Edward J. Flanagan, for what were then known as “wayward boys.” Father Boes is now the executive director of Boys Town, a place made iconic by the Spencer Tracy film named for it, and Rabbi Taub was a visitor with wisdom to share.

For six years, Rabbi Taub, 37, has been teaching and writing about the spiritual component of recovery from addiction. He had begun within the Jewish community, specifically the Chabad movement, and yet providence or serendipity or destiny has brought him increasing recognition and influence well beyond it. -- Samuel G. Freeman, NY Times

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The Jewish retail giant and the black community




 Former Sears president Julius Rosenwald was known for his philanthropy, and relationship with the black community in America. -- Stephen Whitfield, JointMedia News Service via Jerusalem Post.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Marine SS photo riles major U.S. Jewish group

This September 2010 photo posted recently
on a blog for Titiusville, Fla.-based arms manufacturer Knight's Armament
shows members of Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,
out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., in Sangin, Afghanistan.
(AP Photo/knightarmco.com)
A leading Jewish organization [Simon Wiesenthal Center] and others outraged by a photo showing Marine snipers in Afghanistan posing with a logo resembling a notorious Nazi symbol are demanding President Obama order an investigation and hold the troops accountable.

On Friday, a Pentagon spokesman said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked the Marine Corps to "look into" the picture.

"Racist and anti-Semitic symbols have absolutely no place alongside the men and women of America's armed forces," Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement to CBS News. "Secretary Panetta has asked the Marine Corps to look into this matter and to take appropriate action."

The Marine Corps has said it does not plan any discipline because there was no malicious intent. The Marines mistakenly believed the "SS" in the shape of white lightning bolts on the blue flag were a nod to sniper scouts — not members of Adolf Hitler's special unit that murdered millions of Jews, gypsies and others, said Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, a spokeswoman at Camp Pendleton, Calif. -- CBS/AP

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Son of Shoah survivors to challenge Chavez

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, will challenge President Hugo Chavez in upcoming elections.

Capriles, 39, governor of the Miranda state, won a primary Sunday with 61 percent of the vote to become the unity candidate against Chavez, who has been in office for 13 years. Some 3 million voters participated in the country's first-ever primary ahead of the Oct. 7 election.

Though Capriles' maternal grandmother is Jewish, he was raised Catholic and he describes himself as a fervent Catholic.

“Because of my mother and grandmother, for Jews I’m Jewish, but I’m Catholic,” Capriles told JTA last year in an interview.

Capriles has been the target of anti-Semitic attacks. In 2009, pro-government supporters dressed in red surrounded the Governor’s House and painted swastikas on the yellow outer walls. During the governor's race in 2008, government-aligned media described Capriles as a member of the “Jewish-Zionist bourgeoisie” and “genetically fascist.” -- JTA

Qatar Financing Wahhabi Islam in France, Italy, Ireland and Spain

Qatar, the most fraudulent "moderate," is "sparing no effort" to spread Wahhabi Islam across "the whole world," discouraging integration, encouraging jihad.

The Persian Gulf Emirate of Qatar says it plans to invest €50 million ($65 million) in French suburbs that are home to hundreds of thousands of disgruntled Muslim immigrants.

Qatar says its investment is intended to support small businesses in disadvantaged Muslim neighborhoods. But Qatar, like Saudi Arabia, subscribes to the ultra-conservative Wahhabi sect of Islam, and critics say the emirate's real objective is to peddle its religious ideology among Muslims in France and other parts of Europe.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who has long cultivated an image as a pro-Western reformist and modernizer, recently vowed to "spare no effort" to spread the fundamentalist teachings of Wahhabi Islam across "the whole world." -- Soeren Kern, Stonegate Institute

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Tel Aviv’s new one-room boutique hotel

Israeli artists are turning a lifeguard hut into a new micro hotel.



Beach shack is getting a trendy upgrade as Israel's first Pixel Hotel, a concept that turns unused urban spaces into unique accommodations.  --  Karin Kloosterman, Israel21c

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Jewish Heroes--Debbie Fink

Debbie Fink’s awareness of the heroic sacrifices not only of service members but of their loved ones was brought home to her last November when she stood on a stage at a U.S. military base in Germany.  It was just before Thanksgiving and Fink, a Bethesda, Md., resident, was there with the USO as part of Operation Thanksgiving Eagle, a program she runs to thank children of the military for the daily sacrifices they make on behalf of our freedom. At the core of the program is It’s a Family Thanksgiving!  A Celebration of an American Tradition for Children and Their Families, an interactive book Fink wrote which tells the history of Thanksgiving emphasizing the symbolism of the day and the value of freedom. -- Danielle Cantor and Sue Tomchin, Jewish Women International

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Op. Ed: Now is the time to fight for Jewish refugees

Contrary to recent misleading press reports, no Jew seeks a “right of return” to Arab states.

            Palestinians leave with their belongings from
the Al-Barad Palestinian refugee camp, near Tripoli, Libya
Photo by Bloomberg
Some years ago, a daughter of the wealthy Jewish Castro family from Egypt heard Anwar Sadat’s widow Jehan deliver a talk in New York. Congratulating her afterwards, the Egyptian Jewess exchanged pleasantries with Mrs. Sadat. “But you must come back to visit [Egypt] and to show it to your children,” Mrs. Sadat said, adding the traditional Egyptian courtesy, beti betak – “my house is your house.”

Little did she appreciate the irony, but Jehan Sadat’s presidential villa had literally belonged to the Castro family, which was expelled by Nasser in 1956. Observers of the Middle East conflict frequently talk of trampled Palestinian rights, but suffer from a blind spot when it comes to the mass dispossession of a greater number of Jews across 10 Arab countries.

Few Jews lived as opulently as the Castros, but all over the Middle East and North Africa, Jewish homes, shops and businesses were seized or sold for well under market value as fearful Jews fled or were forced out. Communities predating the Islamic conquest by 1,000 years have been driven to extinction. -- Lyn Julius, Jerusalem Post

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The plight of Venezuela’s Jewish community

Venezuelan Supremo Hugo Chavez often accuses Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinians.

And so voluminous is the Chavez definition of the term that it is a surprise he has failed to notice that half of his own country’s 200-year-old Jewish community has disappeared since he assumed power in 1998. But then the evaporation of this patriotic, productive, and loyal group is largely a consequence of Chavez’s hostile policies and rhetoric.

Matthew Fishbane at Tablet Magazine has just authored a much-needed lengthy profile of a community of 10,000 souls under siege from a government who seems to feels it duty is to protect its citizens only applies to the right kind of citizen. [See Ba'Olam, January 26,2012]

That this mass migration of a small but long-standing Jewish community is not receiving the publicity it deserves is regrettable -  but then the world has long been relatively blasé at the destruction of Jewish communities, only lamenting what was once it is no more.

The Venezuelan community is fleeing because it is under both political and physical attack….The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC)

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New hope for infertile men

Prof. Mahmoud Huleihel and his research group believe
they have achieved a breakthrough in male infertility.
 An Arab-Israeli university researcher has artificially produced real sperm from unripe mouse sperm cells, and expects to do the same for humans. -- Rivka Borochov, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Israel's national photo collection being released for free use

The Israeli government is gradually releasing its National Photo Collection from copyright restrictions.

It's an online treasure trove of 150,000 photographs compiled and scanned from around half a million pictures and put on a searchable website in honor of Israel's jubilee year in 1998.

Images of key figures, pivotal moments and just plain interesting photographs documenting Israel's history will now be freely available for fair use, largely released from copyright. The recent announcement follows a years-long process of changing antiquated copyright laws and generally turning a corner into the Information Age. -- Batsheva Sobelman, LA Times

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Women's Exclusion, Closer to Home

Loyal readers of The Sisterhood [blog hosted by the Foward] know well about the battle over women’s exclusion that is pulling Israeli society apart at its seams. But the problem extends beyond Israel, as our editor, Jane Eisner, wrote in her recent editorial, “Where Are the Women?” Here in the American Jewish community, the issue isn’t just about pay and promotion, Eisner explains. “Too many public discussions, events and programs hosted by the Jewish community have few or no women participating,” she writes.

In an effort to upend the status quo, she enlists Forward readers, writing:

    To more fully address this issue, the Forward is reaching out to you, our readers, to send examples of the absence of women in your own communities to feedback@forward.com, which we will publish for further debate. And we will hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable, too.

Eisner discusses the effort in the most recent episode of “The Salon,” The Jewish Channel show she hosts with Change the Ratio founder Rachel Sklar. Panelists, this month, are The Israel Project’s Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, The National Council of Jewish Women’s Nancy Kaufman, and New York Times Magazine columnist Gaby Dunn. -- Gabrielle Birkner

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Building a Better Gefilte Fish

Jeffrey Chodorow brings Jewish cooking into the twenty-first century.
Photographs by Danny Kim

What in the world has gotten into Jeffrey Chodorow?” muttered one of the food snobs at my table as he took a perfectly brined pickle from the exceptional “delicatessen” board at the rashly conceived, surprisingly accomplished “modern Jewish-American” restaurant Kutsher’s Tribeca and crunched it happily between his teeth. Chodorow, of course, is the restaurateur New York food snobs love to hate. Over the years, the successful entrepreneur (he’s made millions in real estate, among other investments) has been derided by members of the self-appointed culinary smart set as a hopeless populist (his five China Grill franchises are wildly profitable), a purveyor of overpriced, passé luxury foods and schlock décor (the samurai-sword-covered Kobe Club), and a serial sponsor of endless star-crossed, crackpot dining schemes (Rocco DiSpirito’s reality-TV restaurant Rocco’s, as well as Wild Salmon and Brasserio Caviar & Banana, to name just a few) -- Adam Platt, New York Magazine

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Safed B&B named Best in the MidEast

The Artists' Colony Inn is located in a restored stone building
in the famous Artist Colony of Safed.
The Artists' Colony Inn in Safed has been named Best B&B in the Middle East 2012 by travel review site TripAdvisor. Seven other Israeli guest houses made it into the Top 25 list as well. -- Viva Sarah Press, Israel21c

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Making Day School Affordable

School in Kansas Slashed Tuition in Half To Keep Students
Radical Surgery: To stem declining enrollment,
administrators at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Kansas
took the dramatic step of slicing tuition in half.
More students stayed at the school, and
donors and parents who could afford to pay more made up the shortfall.
Hyman Brand, Hebrew Academy
One Jewish day school in Kansas cut its tuition in half. Another school, in Oakland, Calif., grew its endowment 15-fold. And a third, in Houston, succeeded in recruiting families from as far away as New Jersey, Venezuela and Israel. These institutions embraced bold, even risky moves in an effort to generate revenue and boost enrollment, which has been dropping at many schools outside the ultra-Orthodox community.

According to recent Forward analysis of reports by the Avi Chai foundation, non-Haredi day schools are in a state of stagnation or decline....For day school proponents, the shrinking numbers and shuttered institutions represent a blow to the idea behind Jewish education, the notion that Jewish day schools are a key to Jewish continuity.  -- Naomi Zeveloff, Forward

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Angels on Ambucycles

Israeli volunteer medic patrols get to patients by foot or Ambucycle to start first aid before ambulances can get there.
Ambucycle      
Photo by Hatzalah
At age 16, Eli Beer wanted to save lives. He came to Jerusalem one summer from America to volunteer with the Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's version of the Red Cross. On the job with the medics of Israel's official emergency medical service, he noticed that in traffic-snarled Jerusalem, ambulances often lost precious minutes getting to crisis scenes.

So 20 years ago, when Beer moved to Israel, he took with him a localized first-responders model used in many US religious Jewish communities, and transferred it to his new Jerusalem neighborhood of Bayit V'gan. When they receive a call for assistance, Hatzalah (Rescue) volunteer medics run on foot, or jump on Ambucycles, toting with them basics like an oxygen tank to be there in the crucial minutes before an ambulance arrives.

Today, United Hatzalah of Israel works in partnership with MDA, and some of the MDA staffers serve as Hatzalah volunteers. In this way, Beer has helped fill small but critical gaps in response time, since volunteers can race from the office, synagogue or mosque quickly. -- Rivka Borochov, UnitedWithIsrael

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Bagels regain bread status in Ireland

Bagels were granted equal status with soda bread in Ireland following a government decision to reclassify the traditionally Jewish favorite as ordinary bread for the purposes of taxation.

Bagels and other 'ethnic' breads such as naan, pita and tortilla wraps now will be exempt from the 13.5 percent valued added tax on premium baked goods charged by the Irish revenue service.

Wednesday's decision reverses a provision included in last November's budget to slap new taxes on "value added" foods. Ordinary bread is exempt from tax in Ireland, but the Irish revenue service changed its determination on bagels late last year, saying they were not "sufficiently bread-like" to be exempt.

The revenue service was overruled by the finance minister, who changed the definition of bread "to reflect the breads currently available on the market, taking account of the development of bread for health, ethnic and other reasons."

Bagels became widely popular in Ireland outside the Jewish community in the late 1990s as consumer tastes expanded with growing prosperity. Since late 2007 the country has been in a deep recession, culminating in a financial bailout that has forced the government to impose new taxes and cut many exemptions. -- JTA

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Survivor's grandson on the ice for Germany

Evan Kaufmann plays for German national hockey team more than 65 years after his grandfather was liberated from Auschwitz.
Photo by JTA

More than 65 years ago Kurt Kaufmann was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp. This weekend his US-born grandson, Evan Kaufmann, is taking the ice for the German national hockey team.

After finishing a successful college hockey career at the University of Minnesota, Kaufmann tried out for several professional hockey clubs in the United States before being advised by his agent that his best option was to play for a German team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Thanks to his late grandfather’s German roots, Kaufmann received German citizenship quickly and, together with his wife Danielle, relocated to Dusseldorf in 2008. This weekend, the 28-year-old forward will represent the German national team in the Minsk Cup, a four-nation tournament. He’ll also compete with the national team in May’s world championships, and hopes to have a chance to make the German Olympic squad that will compete in the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. -- Jason Miller, JTA via Jerusalem Post

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Wiesenthal Center Denounces ‘Baptisms’ of Simon Wiesenthal’s Parents in Mormon Temples

Record of LDS Baptism of Asher Wiesenthal
Website of the Church of Latter-Day Saints
The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced recent the recent posthumous “baptism” of the parents of Simon Wiesenthal in Mormon temples

“We are outraged that such insensitive actions continue in the Mormon Temples. Throughout his life, Simon Wiesenthal especially revered his beloved mother who was deported and murdered at Belzec death camp in 1942. Such actions make amockery of the many meetings with the top leadership of the Mormon Church dating back to 1995 that focused on the unwanted and unwarranted posthumous baptisms of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Holocaust,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and who participated in many of the high-level meetings between Jews with Mormon officials.

“We note that these rites were undertaken and confirmed in Mormon Temples in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho. Further meetings with Church leaders on this matter are useless. The only way such insensitive practices would finally stop is if Church leaders finally decided to change their practices and policies on posthumous baptisms, a move which this latest outrage proves that they are unwilling to do. We are grateful to activist Helen Radkey for exposing the latest outrage.” -- Simon Wiesenthal Center

Jews, Palestinians plant trees together in West Bank

Ravivi, Abu-Taled hard at work
Photo by Haim Zach
In joint effort to block hazardous dust, settlers and Palestinians come together to plant grove -- Akiva Novick, Ynetnews

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World democracies are warming up to Israel

Slowly but surely, it is becoming apparent that the international political climate in Israel is far better than had been predicted, and it seems to be getting better all the time. -- Moshe Arens, Haaretz

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Super Bowl Bet: Jona Rechnitz Pledges $50,000 Winnings From Safety Call To Charity

Jona Rechnitz
Courtesey of TMZ
A Super Bowl bettor who scored $50,000 on Tom Brady's blunder is giving it all away to charity, TMZ reports.

While gambling in Las Vegas, Jona Rechnitz wagered $1,000 that the Giants' first points of the game would result from an unlikely safety, the Big Lead reports. Only one other Super Bowl in history opened with such a play and the odds were stacked at 50 to 1.

But when Brady threw the ball 50 yards to the center of the field to avoid a sack, the move was deemed an intentional grounding and a major win for Rechnitz.

But just as quickly as the New York real estate executive pocketed the money, he pledged to give it all away to charity. -- Huffington Post

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