AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 77 - May 15, 2013

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A Jewish burial plot in the island state of Cape Verde was rededicated with help from the king of Morocco.  About 100 people attended the rededication ceremony last week. The support of King Mohammed VI to this project is representative of Morocco’s attachment to the preservation of its patrimony  whether Arab, Jewish or Berber, Andre Azoulay, the king’s Jewish advisor, said in a statement read during the ceremony by Abdellah Boutadghart.

Ben-Gurion University President Rivka Carmi presented BGU’s Lifetime Achievement Award to South African Jewish businessman and philanthropist Bertie Lubner at a ceremony in Beersheba. The event, was attended by a few hundred people, was held outdoors on a balmy evening in the spectacular setting of the Kreitman Plaza at the BGU Marcus Family Campus, in the framework of the 43rd board of governors meeting.

A U.S. Jewish umbrella group called on Israeli leaders to reconsider a plan to charge tourists value added tax. The heads of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations leaders, Chairman Richard Stone and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Finance Yair Lapid, and Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau saying that the plan would hurt missions to Israel and conferences in the country.

23-year-old Chabad rabbi Yosel Tiefenbrun looked in the mirror and he liked what he saw. Tiefenbrun works as an appretince at Maurice Sedwell, a bespoke tailor’s shop on London’s Savile Row, was wearing a vintage double-breasted jacket with gold buttons, tasseled Barker shoes, a claret bow tie and matching handmade hat and square handkerchief. Then he ran out the door to attend the Oscars of tailoring the Golden Shears Award ceremony honoring the best in British fashion.

Yes, we think that blackballing Tim Tebow from the NFL is kosher and proper. Michael Silver, writing on Yahoo Sports, understands why this is happening but is not sure that it is kosher. We think that Tebow violates two major league sports conventions. First he grandstands way too much and second he broadcasts his religious beliefs in public, even on the field during the game.

To all who know the joy of watching tiny wrinkled people grow up before your eyes as well the enormous fun of following those people around cleaning up their messes and reminding them to mind their manners. I’m reposting my favorite poem, my “Mother” work, if you will. When I wrote it, I could not imagine how fast the next decade would speed by nor the challenges and wonders in store.

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