Newsletter Issue # 75 - April 21, 2013

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An Israeli college has established a journalism center named for a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan. The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya launched the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute. Pearl was on his way to an interview in Pakistan in 2002 when he was abducted and later beheaded. His last words were, I am Jewish.

The museum of the History of Polish Jews will hold an opening ceremony for its first completed phase to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The official opening of the entire museum will take place next year. On Passover eve in April 1943, a group of young Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto staged a resistance against German troops after they learned of mass exterminations in the forced labor camps.

Daniel Avraham  made history at Yale University after having been elected as the first Israeli to serve as the institution’s student union president. The 24-year-old Jerusalem native is a graduate of Gymnasia Herzliyah high school and a former intelligence officer in the IDF. Avraham was elected to serve as president of the YCC, the venerable New Haven, Connecticut-based institution’s student union.

Egypt’s tiny Jewish community held a rare public ceremony on in memory of its veteran leader, Carmen Weinstein, but the country’s Islamist leaders stayed away. Weinstein, 82, died last Saturday at her home in Cairo where she was known over the past two decades for leading efforts to preserve the overwhelmingly Muslim country’s Jewish heritage.

In 2010, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention found that one in five women and one in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. These numbers are startling. I know what you’re thinking, this sort of thing doesn’t happen in our community. It happens to other people then why are you bringing this up on a Jewish blog?  Sexual assault and intimate partner violence occur in the Jewish community the same as it does in the rest of the country. It is an issue swept under the rug for most Jews.

Gun control is one of the few debates that are not even worth having, chances are that you’ve made up your mind based on your own little file full of statistics, studies, and facts to support whatever side you’re on. It’s actually one of the few debates where people come armed with statistics, and I guess you can’t really argue about how gay marriage is degrading the countries morality level from a statistical point of view.

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