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Edgar Bronfman flexed muscles for Jewish causes

Edgar Bronfman flexed muscles for Jewish causes

NEW YORK — In 1992, Edgar Bronfman was preparing to leave North America for Paris for his first meeting with then-French President Francois Mitterand at the Elysee Palace when at the last minute Bronfman decided he wanted to take an unexpected meeting in Geneva instead.

So he asked Serge Cwajgenbaum, Bronfman’s right-hand man in Europe, to phone the palace and ask to reschedule. The Elysee secretary, Hubert Vendrine, exploded.

“He asked me who Edgar Bronfman thinks he is to move around a meeting with the president,” Cwajgenbaum recalled. His answer? “The owner of half the wineries and vineyards in Bordeaux.”

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Conference focus: Inclusion of Jews with disabilites

Conference focus: Inclusion of Jews with disabilitesBALTIMORE — Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva and even trips to Israel — these are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. But for Liz Weintraub and her husband, Philip, full inclusion in life events such as these wasn’t always a foregone conclusion. That is, until they became members of B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Md. Although Liz Weintraub, 47, grew up in a family that was e...
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Account of an innocent girl’s murder serves as plea to end rampant child abuse

Account of an innocent girl’s murder serves as plea to end rampant child abuseON Friday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2007, Miriam Gallegos approached a stranger in a parking lot in Denver’s Golden Triangle and asked to use her cell phone. Miriam, who held a little girl’s coat in her hands, said that someone had just stolen her baby. It was a lie spoken too late. Neveah, her three-year-old daughter, was already dead — and she knew it. Miriam thought up the kidnapping ploy to give her boyfriend and registered sex offender Angel Ray Montoya time to dispose of the body....

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 07:42 )

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Red Sox comes to Denver

Red Sox comes to DenverWHAT a catch! One might say that while contemplating the professional life of Ryan Lavarnway, who this year left the world of minor league baseball for what he hopes will be his new fulltime career as a catcher for the world champion Boston Red Sox. One might also say that while contemplating the personal life of Ryan, who last month married Jamie Pepper Neistat, a young woman born and bred in the Denver Jewish community, whose career as a culinary blogger and online restaurant critic seems to...

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 December 2013 08:46 )

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Speak Hebrew! It’s the Jewish way

Speak Hebrew! It’s the Jewish wayNEW YORK — For the first 3 1/2 weeks of the summer, one group of 5-year-olds at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, NY, was “very quiet” as the children went about the typical camp activities, according to Amy Skopp Cooper, the camp’s director. But in the fourth week, the talking started — in Israeli-accented Hebrew. By the end of the summer, evaluations revealed that most of the 20 children — all of whom had started out as Hebrew novices — “had gone up multiple levels” in their Hebrew ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:48 )

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Al Franken vs. BDS

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Israeli gets jail time in Sweden for terrorism threats

Cnaan Liphshiz An Israeli citizen who threatened to commit terrorism in Sweden after his asylum request was denied there was sentenced to two years in prison. ... [Link]

Israel rejects Kerry’s proposed cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Israel rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease-fire proposal. ... [Link]

From the Archive: When Ukrainians accidentally shot down a plane from Israel

Julie Wiener In October 2001, a military training exercise gone horribly awry resulted in the death of 78 people, 66 of them Jews. ... [Link]

Police to probe Arab-Israeli lawmaker Zoabi for alleged incitement

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s attorney general instructed police to launch a criminal investigation into the actions of an Israeli Arab lawmaker who allegedly incited others to violence and insulted two police offic... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ Arab enemy, psychoanalyzing Shmuley Boteach, Jews kissing Arabs

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

European anti-Semitism is focus as Jewish leaders, Democratic senators meet

Ron Kampeas Anxiety about increasing anti-Semitism in Europe dominated the annual meeting between Jewish leaders and Democratic senators. ... [Link]

Army declares Oron Shaul dead in Gaza fighting

Ron Kampeas The Israeli army declared dead a soldier who until now had been missing in action. ... [Link]

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