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Gal Gadot to host ‘SNL’

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

(JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot, known the world over as Wonder Woman, will host Saturday Night Live.

Gadot is scheduled to host the October 7 episode of the show. She will be joined by musical guest Sam Smith.

Gadot informed her fans via a tweet. “No longer a secret, so excited to be hosting #SNL,” she wrote, retweeting an SNL graphic announcing the first three shows of the season.

It is the first time that Gadot will host the comedy sketch show, now in its 43rd season.

No longer a secret, so excited to be hosting #SNL

— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) September 23, 2017



FBI investigating threats against Jewish and Latino Cal State Long Beach students

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

(JTA) — The FBI has been called in to investigate threats against minority students at California State University, Long Beach, including Latino and Jewish students.

Campus President Jane Close Conoley on Wednesday in an email sent to students and university employees confirmed the threats and the investigation. The threats were made over the internet and by flyers posted on the walls of the university’s Multicultural Center, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

“While one of the great strengths of our democracy is that free speech — which includes ‘hate speech’ — is protected under the First Amendment, direct and credible threats of violence are not tolerated,” Conoley wrote in the mass email.

Flyers bearing an image of Adolf Hitler standing under the iconic “Arbeit Mach Frei” sign at the Auschwitz Nazi camp and the message “Finish what he started” were posted on the walls of the Multicultural Center last week.

The threat against Latino students came in the form of a post on the La Raza Student Association Facebook page. The message was a threat to shoot the officers of the association.

University police also are investigating the incidents.

“These posters appear to be placed to provoke an emotional reaction,” Lt. Richard Goodwin of the campus police department said in an email, according to the Press-Telegram. “However, we would be remiss if we just looked at them as an object placed to provoke a reaction. Our position here is to provide a safe and peaceful environment with which to facilitate the education process. This is why these cases are investigated to the fullest extent.”

Joel Osteen opens Houston megachurch to Jews whose synagogue was flooded

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Joel Osteen preaching at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, where services are broadcast around the world. (Frank E. Lockwood/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

(JTA) — Televangelist Joel Osteen opened his Lakewood Church in Houston to a Jewish congregation in need of a place to hold High Holidays services.

Congregation Beth Yeshurun was completely flooded during Hurricane Harvey and the building was in no condition to host services, according to reports.

Osteen, and his wife, Victoria, came under fire during Harvey for not immediately opening their large and dry megachurch building to shelter those displaced by the hurricane and its floods. It later opened its doors to refugees from the storms.

A post on the church’s website ahead of Rosh Hashanah read: During Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s largest synagogue, Congregation Beth Yeshurun experienced devastating flooding. This came at an especially bad time for Beth Yeshurun as the Jewish High Holy Days, (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), are this week. Beth Yeshurn’s leadership reached out to us and Pastors Joel & Victoria offered to help. We are honored to announce that we will be opening our doors to the Beth Yeshurun congregation so that they may celebrate their High Holy Days at our church.”

Beth Yeshurun is a Conservative synagogue in the Meyerland section of Houston. The congregation comprises 2,000 member families. The church seats 16,800 worshippers.

In a message to his congregants posted on the synagogue’s Facebook page Rabbi David Rosen encouraged everyone to attend the High Holiday services.

He wrote, in part: “Some people have said to me they’re not coming to the High Holidays this year. They’re not in the mood. They’re tired, they’re worn out. Others are concerned it may be too much trouble going to Lakewood Church.

“My plea to everyone who feels this way is: Come. No, it won’t be the same. But come. Come and be with your people. Come and be with your rabbis and cantor. We’re waiting to welcome you and to make you feel part of this beautiful gathering, as we have for so many years. We will still be having all of our community services – Chapel, Museum Minyan, Freedman-Levit service, babysitting and children’s programming. Come. It may take a little more effort than in the past, but it will be worth it. You need it. And we need you. Come.”

Dear Friends, As the High Holidays rapidly approach, many of our homes are in a state of complete disrepair, our…

Posted by Congregation Beth Yeshurun on Friday, September 15, 2017

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is surprise Rosh Hashanah speaker at DC synagogue

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg at an event at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center in New York City, Sept. 21, 2016. (Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Rosh Hashanah worshipers at a Washington, D.C. synagogue that being Jewish has helped her have empathy for other minority groups.

Ginsburg, 84, spoke Wednesday evening at Rosh Hashanah services for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in downtown Washington. Her appearance was a surprise to worshippers at the non-denominational synagogue, The Associated Press reported.

“If you are a member of a minority group, particularly a minority group that has been picked on, you have empathy for others who are similarly situated,” she told worshippers during a 20-minute Q&A session.

She also said that Jewish values have guided her work on the bench.

“The Jewish religion is an ethical religion. That is, we are taught to do right, to love mercy, do justice, not because there’s gonna be any reward in heaven or punishment in hell. We live righteously because that’s how people should live and not anticipating any award in the hereafter,” Ginsburg said.

Ginsburg, who has been on the court since 1993, is one of three current Jewish justices serving on the Supreme Court and the longest-serving Jewish justice. The other Jewish justices are Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. Breyer spoke last year at Sixth & I High Holiday services.

Patriots’ Robert Kraft ‘disappointed’ with Trump over clash with NFL players

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft attending the UJA-Federation of New York Sports For Youth 2016 Luncheon at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, May 17, 2016. (Steve Mack/Getty Images)

(JTA) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed” by President Donald Trump’s clash with NFL players.

Trump on Friday at a rally in Alabama fired the first salvo, calling out football players who kneel during the national anthem as a protest against the treatment of blacks by police and other officials.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,’” Trump said during the rally.

The president later posted a series of tweets on the issue, saying: “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect…. our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

He also tweeted: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”

If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

…our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

Kraft, who is Jewish and known as a long-time friend of the president, posted a response to Trump on the team’s Twitter account on Sunday.

Kraft wrote: “I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

Statement from #Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft:

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 24, 2017

Trump also got into a row with the National Basketball Association, disinviting in a tweet Golden State Warriors stand-out point guard Steph Curry to team visit to the White House.

The Warriors won the 2016 NBA League Championship. It is traditional for the winning team to visit the White House, an honor which team members had debated accepting due to Trump’s positions on racial issues, including the Charlottesville, Virginia rally. Curry had indicated on Friday that when the team gathered on Saturday to decide whether to make the traditional visit that he would vote against it.

Trump tweeted early Saturday morning: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, whose team lost to the Warriors in the championship, rose to defend Curry, tweeting to his 38.5 million followers that visiting the White House is no longer a great honor. “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017

Official report finds death of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murder, not suicide

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Alberto Nisman speaking at a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 20, 2009. (Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — AMIA Jewish center bombing special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was assassinated by two people, who drugged and beat him and then manipulated the crime scene to make it look like a suicide, according to an official report.

The report was submitted Friday to federal Judge Julián Ercolini and prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, who are investigating the death of the Argentinean prosecutor. If Nisman’s death is investigated as a murder, IT specialist Diego Lagomarsino would be the main suspect.

On January 2015, Lagomarsino said that he went to Nisman’s apartment to give him a “very old” .22 caliber pistol to protect himself. Hours later, Nisman was found dead by a from a bullet for that gun fired from point-blank range above his right ear. So far, Lagomarsino has been charged only for lending the pistol to Nisman.

The report was produced by forensic investigators from the country’s border patrol guard, or Gendarmerie. The new toxicology analysis of Nisman’s body discovered the drug ketamine, an anesthetic mostly used on animals and a party drug. The analysis also found that he had been beaten on his body and that another person tried to subdue and control him.

Taiano reportedly is analyzing whether Nisman’s death occurred on Jan. 18, 2015, the night when his body was found, or on the previous day. In that case, Lagomarsino, could move even more into the spotlight since he was in Nisman’s apartment twice that day. According to La Nacion newspaper, Lagomarsino is under hidden surveillance out of concern that he might flee justice.

Nisman’s body was found on Jan. 18, 2015, hours before he was to present evidence to Argentine lawmakers that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded.

More than a year after Nisman’s death, the investigation was moved to the federal courts, meaning that the case was being investigated as a political murder rather than as a suicide.

Since then, Prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, has led the investigation into Nisman’s death and received death threats. Taiano ordered an interdisciplinary committee to analyze the crime scene and to develop a report.

Former Warsaw Ghetto fighter Simcha Rotem wins lawsuit over published love letters

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Former Warsaw Ghetto fighter, Simcha Rotem, known in Poland as Kazik Ratajzer, won his case against the PWN publishing house which published his letters to his former romantic partner Irena Gelblum.

The letters were published in Remigiusz Grzela’s book “Irena’s choice.” PWN was ordered to apologize to Rotem and donate $5,900 to charity.

The verdict was issued by the Appeals Court in Warsaw on Friday. Two years ago, the District Court in Warsaw found that there had been no violation of the law, since the daughter of Irena Gelblum had agreed to publish the letters. But the letters were written by Rotem, and he did not give his consent.

Rotem, 92, lives in Israel. He is among the last living fighters of the Jewish Combat Organization, or ŻOB, which fought in the Warsaw Ghetto. Gelblum was his partner during the war and soon after.

He wrote to her letters that without his knowledge and consent were published in Grzela’s book. The letters included “private confessions and feelings,” which Rotem said he did not plan to publicize.

Gelblum was a member of the Jewish Combat Organization and participated in the Warsaw uprising. She left Poland in 1968. To cut herself off from the past, she changed her name to Irena Conti Di Mauro, pretending to be an Italian poet.

PWN is required to publish the apology on its website.



Hamas journal: The ‘settlements’ have multiplied

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Hamas-affiliated journal criticizes PA for allowing “Israeli settlements” to increase since Oslo Accords.

Erekat awaiting lung transplant in the United States

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Former PA chief negotiator awaiting a lung transplant in the United States. Previous reports said he wanted to have it in Israel.

Report: Kushner used private email

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Officials say Trump’s senior adviser corresponded with other administration officials through a private email account.

American forces kill 17 ISIS jihadists in Libya

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

U.S. forces carry out six air strikes against ISIS camp in Libya.

Trump announces new travel restrictions for 8 countries

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

President Trump replacing travel ban with a targeted list of restrictions enhancing vetting for nationals from eight countries.

Netanyahu congratulates Merkel

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulates German Chancellor over her reelection, says she is a true friend of Israel.

Soldier loses consciousness in military prison

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Female IDF soldier evacuated to hospital after losing consciousness in Prison Four in Tzrifin.

Trump negotiator to return to Israel

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

White House says Jason Greenblatt will return to Israel to “continue the peace track”.

Hashivenu – Bring us back!

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Rabbi Lazer Brody addresses the difficult question of the “off-the-derech” kids that so plagues Orthodox homes all over the world.

Kurdistan: After all the suffering, hope for independence

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Jews from Kurdistan demonstrate at Jerusalem US Consulate supporting independence for Iraqi Kurdistan. ‘Proud to be Israeli Kurd.’

Trump aide Greenblatt returning to Israel for peace talks

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Israeli tourist missing in Kyrgyzstan

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

One dead, six injured in shooting at Nashville church

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

France’s Le Pen congratulates German far-right AfD

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Japan’s Abe expected to announce poll amid worries over N. Korea crisis

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

London mayor says Britain should not host President Trump on state visit

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

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