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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 81 - June 19, 2013

Five years ago, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson joined forces and Chayolei Tzivos Hashem, a thoughtfully designed educational and motivational system geared specifically for Lubavitcher children. Chayolei Tzivos Hashem has become a household word for its 4,832 members spanning 232 cities in 29 countries. Building on that success, Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch and Tzivos Hashem have […]

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Chief Rabbinate Candidate Attacked at Wedding

Candidate for the chief rabbinate Rabbi David Stav was subject to physical and verbal intimidation Sunday night while attending the wedding of the daughter of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy places. Stav said that during the proceedings, several youths shoved him and attempted to hit him and pour water […]

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Savior of Jews’ Statue Sparks Debate in US

A seemingly standard decision that was supposed to be put into action smoothly and undetectable has galvanized a national outcry. A former Washington civil official and local history buff, in conjunction with the Bulgarian Embassy, recently requested to name a street intersection in Washington for Dimitar Peshev, who served as vice president of Bulgaria’s parliament […]

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Met Council Head: 50% of New York Jews Face Poverty

William Rapfogel, Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, also known as the Met Council, gave an exclusive interview to Arutz Sheva and explained the organization’s approach to helping people suffering from poverty. “More than 330,000 Jews living in New York live at or below the federal poverty level,” he said. “Another 175,000 Jews live […]

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Reb Leibel Bistritzky, Provider of Physical and Spiritual Sustenance

Rabbi Yehudah Leib (“Reb Leibel”) Bistritzky, 86, a prominent and much loved figure in the Chabad-Lubavitch community and beyond, passed away on May 13. He was more commonly known as “Reb Leibel.” Reb Leibel escaped Nazi Germany at the age of 12. He subsequently developed a special relationship with the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef […]

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Streisand, on Tour of Israel, Slams Ultra-Orthodox Treatment of Women

Entertainment star Barbra Streisand waded into one of Israel’s touchiest issues Monday on the first major stop of her tour of the country - Jewish religious practices that separate men and women. Speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday, she took aim at cases of ultra-Orthodox Jews targeting women. “It’s distressing to read […]

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London to Host Conference on Boycott Campaigns

The British capital will host this week a major international academic conference looking at the issue of boycotts, with a focus on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. The three-day conference will take place at University of London’s Birkbeck College, and is being hosted by the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism […]

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Jewish, Christian Leaders Meet in Greece

Leading Orthodox Christian and Jewish interfaith officials, scholars and clerics discussed the crucial importance of protecting the environment and religious values and condemned growing incidents of anti-Semitism and religious prejudice around the world during a three-day conference in Thessaloniki, Greece to help improve relations between these two ancient faith communities. Co-sponsored by the Liaison Office […]

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Canadian Jewish News to Keep Printing

The Canadian Jewish News, which recently announced it would cease print publication after forty-two years of serving the community, said Friday that it would continue publishing in print. The paper’s president, Donald Carr, issued a statement saying that the board of directors “is happy to confirm that the print newspaper will continue.” The newspaper said […]

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North Shore Community Marked Gimmel Tammuz

The North Shore Jewish community was treated to a very inspiring evening with guest speaker Mr. Robert Kremnizer, a devoted Chassid and an effective and skilled communicator, who shared many personal insights about the Rebbe at a special gathering at Chabad North Shore in Sydney Australia, marking Gimmel Tammuz. Mr. Kremnizer, at the direct instruction […]

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Italian Activist Killed for Saving Jews is put on Road to Sainthood

An Italian Catholic activist and journalist who was declared a Righteous Gentile for saving Jewish lives during World War II has formally been put on the road to sainthood by the Roman Catholic church. Odoardo Focherini was beatified – the step before sainthood – at a ceremony Saturday in his hometown of Carpi, near Modena […]

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Jewish Social Entrepreneurs Connect in Jerusalem

Ariel Levinson looks like the last person you would expect to run a yeshiva, the traditional Talmudic academy in which holy texts are studied by the fervently religious. With his long hair, bare head unadorned by a skullcap and contemporary casual clothing, he is the very image of a secular Jew. However, the former Jewish […]

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Russia Sees End to Row Over Jewish Texts

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a years-long spat with the United States over thousands of Jewish religious writings should end now that some are on display in Moscow’s new Jewish museum. Russia has resisted calls to return the so-called Schneerson collection to the New York-based Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group, descendants of the last […]

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World’s Oldest Jew Dies at 113

The world’s oldest Jew has passed away in New York at the age of 113. Evelyn Kozak, whose Hebrew name was Chava Rivka, was born in New York on August 14, 1899. Kozak had five children. She outlived two of them. She is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was recognized […]

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U.S. Officials Reveal Diary of Hitler Confidant, Rediscovered After Decades

The long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a confidant of Adolf Hitler and one of the most influential insiders in Germany’s Nazi regime, has been recovered, U.S. officials announced Thursday. Rosenberg, one of the most notorious members of the Third Reich, was privy to much of the planning for the Nazi state, the extermination of European […]

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Proud, Yet Ambivalent: Immigration Reform, Pride and the LGBT Community

The very first Pride Parade took place on June 28th, 1970 in commemoration of the first anniversary of the Stonewall raid in New York City. The parade, almost a year in the making, was an opportunity for gay men and women to step out of the proverbial closet and respond as a community to the […]

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What’s the Strangest Chinese Auction Prize You’ve Seen?

Despite the fact that I’m against Chinese Auctions because they make tzedaka into something which there must be immediate reward for, I find myself looking at them anyway. Sure, I feel like a hypocrite whenever I sign up for another $100k raffle to support an organization I’ve never heard of, but I might as well […]

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Rabbinate Introduces ‘Bourekas Reform’

After the marriage registration reform , here comes the “bourekas revolution”: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has issued new kosher procedures, obliging manufacturers of one of the country’s most popular pastries to design them in uniform and fixed shapes to prevent confusion between dairy and parve (neither meat nor milk) products. From now on, each […]

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BBC Errs on Israel Capital Once Again

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC), known for its blatant bias against Israel, this week insisted that “no offence was intended” after it reported that Tel Aviv is the capital of the Jewish state during a commentary on the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. According to Jewish News, the error came during Radio 5 Live’s coverage of […]

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Orgs Join to Launch New Interactive Camp Program

“I love having my own credit card,” eight year old Dina shyly admits. “It might sound silly, but I like the sound it makes when I scan it at the kiosk at school and then scan in all my achievement cards. It beeps each time and the numbers go higher and higher. Then I get […]

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Netanyahu Opens New Holocaust Exhibition at Auschwitz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday opened a new Holocaust exhibit on the grounds of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in southern Poland. The display focuses on a book featuring the names of 4.2 million Jews murdered in World War II, and explores Jewish life before the Holocaust began. It aims to provide the […]

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Germany Adopts Anti-Semitism Action Resolution

Germany’s parliament passed a resolution committing itself to renewed action against anti-Semitism. The resolution emphasizes the special relationship between Germany and Israel and condemns Israel-related anti-Semitism and terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. It was adopted Thursday with support from the Christian Democratic Union, the Social Democratic Party, the Free Democratic Party and the Greens. The Left […]

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Pray and Go: Highway Synagogue Opens on Route 6

The renowned rabbi and Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Yitzhak David Grossman has successfully established a highway synagogue for religious commuters who find themselves stuck on Route 6 while the specified time for the upcoming prayer is drawing to a close. The three Jewish prayer services – morning, afternoon and evening – are delimited by strict […]

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Kosher Meets Industrial Food at Enzymes

Orthodox Rabbi Pinchas Herman’s duties have him rappelling inside a two-story-tall stainless steel tank at a factory that makes enzymes for food products. For 10 minutes, the 47-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, runs his thumb along corners of the stainless steel tank and scans screens with his flashlight. He’s checking whether the equipment is clean […]

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‘Amar Law’ Heads toward Approval

Rabbi Shlomo Amar may be heading for a second term as Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel. The Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee has approved a law that would allow Chief Rabbis to serve two consecutive terms. The law is expected to pass a third and final reading in Knesset on Wednesday. The law is expected to […]

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Chabad Opens Lounge and Hall for Oxford U. Students

Chabad of Oxford hosted this week the grand opening of a new dining hall and lounge for Jewish students at the Chabad House of Oxford, enabling many more students to be hosted in comfort and elegance for Shabbat and Holiday dinners and its varied stimulating events throughout the year. The hall, together with its adjacent student lounge, was […]

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Brazil Gets Lesson on Avoiding Anti-Semitism in Soccer

Simon Wiesenthal Center officials presented a program to authorities in Brazil on dealing with racism in sports, notably soccer, as the nation readies for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. “Eleven Points Against Racism in Football” was presented Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro by Shimon Samuels, the center’s director for international relations, and […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 80 - June 12, 2013

Shoppers have been outraged over the discovery of an Amazon seller’s newest line of baby apparel: Jewish baby bibs. The bibs may be in possible violation of the online giant’s policy prohibiting products that glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance. Following the criticism, Amazon pulled several variations of the products. Two years since […]

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Jewish Brewer Thriving Amid Craft Beer Boom

With the creation of David’s Slingshot Hoppy Summer Lager, beer maker Jeremy Cowan is evoking the image of the legendary battle between David and Goliath — a match-up that’s also apt for Cowan himself. Though still a small player in the world of craft beers, Cowan is catapulting himself onto a much larger field. After […]

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Jewish Studies on the Rise in India

During the last two months, two international seminars took place in India focusing on Jewish and Israel studies. Held with a gap of a month, in two very different cities, the seminars signal the advent of Jewish and Israel studies in India as an academic discipline and pave the way for India’s first center for […]

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