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May 26th


What? Me a fundraiser?

Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and a legendary fundraiser, just published his autobiography, Meant To Be (Toby Press). While dealing with the ultraserious issues of human rights and anti-Semitism, Hier is famous for his humor. How to be a fundraiser? Check this anecdote from the beginning of the book.

He couldn’t afford to get married, so he didn’t date the girl he was interested in. Then he got a job offer, and recounts:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:38 )


The ultimate rebuke of Bernie Sanders: Flint, Michigan

Safe water, like every other necessity, must ultimately be paid for. Bernie Sanders’ alternatives are fantasy. In reading the timeline of the terrible corruption of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, there are so many acts of malfeasance, arrogance and stupidity that it is difficult to catch the fundamental, underlying problem. Seriously culpable as the governor of Michigan, the officials in both Flint and the EPA, and others are, the ultimate failing is the idea that every necessity is bo...

Prof. Eugene Borowitz, 1924-2016

If there were anyone who, without being glib, without compromising his intellectual honesty, and without any polemical motive, tried to bridge the denominational and theological gaps in American Jewry, it was Prof. Eugene Borowitz, who died this week at 91. His JTA obituary reads, “an influential thinker in Reform Judaism,” which is certainly true, but Borowitz worked hard to transcend the denominational divide.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:01 )


Portrait of an occupier

Dafna Meir, a murder victim, bore that international stigmata, “settler.” Killed by a Palestinian teenager wielding his knife on January 17, Meir was a resident of the West Bank of the Jordan River. Much of the world has nothing nice to say about settlers these days. Do not count among their detractors Dr. Ahmed Nasser, an Arab who works in the Dept. of Neurosurgery at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:03 )


The US is as spineless as Israel

When you negotiate with terrorists, be they Palestinian or Iranian, the results always come back to bite. “One-time exception.” Yeah, right. Famous last words of an Obama spokesperson, commenting on the country’s prisoner exchange with Iran — the innocent traded for the guilty. Yeah, right. One time only. Check it out with Israel, which has made one-time exceptions, how many times now? Ten times? Fifty times? One-hundred times? It depends only on how far back you start counting....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:40 )

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Bernie Sanders expects ‘consensus’ on Palestinian rights at Democratic convention

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders said he expected his views on Palestinians rights to be reflected at the Democratic National Convention, and his appointees to the party’s platform draf... [Link]

Teenage mom in Israel says she was harrassed while breastfeeding

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A teenage mother in Israel said she was harassed and assaulted while breastfeeding her baby at a municipal building in Ashdod. The alleged victim, a 17-year-old woman identified by Is... [Link]

Citing own exclusion, London’s Muslim mayor joins pledge to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — London’s newly-elected mayor, Sadiq Khan, endorsed a pledge co-signed by dozens of American and European mayors to fight anti-Semitism. Khan, a Muslim Labour politician who won the May... [Link]

State Dept.: Coalition deal ‘raises legitimate questions’ on Israel’s path

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — In a first official statement to the coalition pact signed between Likud and the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, a State Department spokesman said this “raises legitimate questions... [Link]

Interfaith couple files complaint against Illinois hotel owner who refused to host wedding

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Wisconsin couple filed a discrimination charge against an Illinois hotel owner who allegedly refused to host their interfaith wedding because it was not religious. Alexandra Katzman and Jo... [Link]

People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

Gabe Friedman Is New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz Jewish? It was a question fans were asking themselves last season during the team’s run to the World Series. Despite his surname, which is a syllable away f... [Link]

French court orders suspect in 1980 synagogue bombing back to jail

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A French court of appeals ordered the re-incarceration of a terror suspect who had been released to house arrest while standing trial for the killing of four Jews in 1980. The Paris Court of... [Link]

Netanyahu inaugurates new wing at Museum of the Jewish People

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated a new wing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. The new wing, spanning 25,000 square feet, is one of the products o... [Link]

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