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Womans Forum Hosts Second Meetup

Married women came together this week to hear a lecture from Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch, a respected psychologist who works with married couples on their quest to healthy intimacy. Rabbi Schonbuch’s new book, “Getting Closer”, brings up many issues that are common in Orthodox couples and he addressed some of them at the lecture. Joined with […]

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British Guilty of Disguised Anti-Semitism, Israeli Minister Tells The Telegraph

Israel’s Strategic Affairs minister Yuval Steinitz has expressed concern over recent British hostility towards Israel in media coverage, boycott campaigns and official British policy, telling U.K.’s The Daily Telegraph that he sees such actions as “some kind of disguised anti-Semitism.” In the interview with newspaper, when asked about the current relationship between Britain and Israel, Steinitz […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 78 - May 23, 2013

Polish officials have honored Irena Sendler, a Polish woman credited for saving 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, by naming a walkway in a symbolically important spot after her. The walkway is in the former Warsaw Ghetto between a monument to the Jews who fought in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the new Museum […]

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Haredi Press Ignores Beersheba Massacre

While the massacre perpetrated by Itamar Alon on Monday at a Beersheba branch of Bank Hapoalim sent the country spiraling into shock, the ultra-Orthodox media ignored wholesale the story that generated frantic coverage in mainstream outlets. While Yeted Ne’eman, Hamevaser and Hamodia – traditionally considered mouthpieces of the United Torah Judaism party, or at least […]

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Detroit Leaders Should Have Spurned, Not Embraced, Farrakhan

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep disappointment with the members of Detroit City Council and local clergy who met with and embraced the anti-Semitic and racist leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, during his visit to the city last week. During his visit to Detroit, Minister Farrakhan was invited by Rev. Wendell […]

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New Org. Caters to Singles, Hosts Concert

Although, Lag Ba’omer was a while ago, the excitement In The Heights has created in our community is only increasing. On Motzai Shabbos, April 27th, an exhilarating concert was held in honor of Lag Ba’omer for the single girls of Crown Heights. Esther Freeman and Rivkah Eilfort –  two very talented singers – graced us with their […]

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Los Angeles Elects Eric Garcetti as its First Jewish Mayor

Eric Garcetti was elected the first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles, one of  a number of political contests that reflect the city’s diversity, and its Jewish community. Garcetti, 42, a veteran city councilman, led city controller Wendy Greuel by six points around 3 A.M. Wednesday, with nearly 100 percent of the ballots counted. Greuel conceded […]

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Sex Ed Book in Hebrew for Israel’s Haredim

A how-to book translated into Hebrew aims to teach Israel’s Orthodox Jews about sex, targeting an audience typically mum on the steamy subject. The book, “The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy,” was published in English more than a year ago in the United States. The Hebrew version is set to come out this month, meant […]

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Barbara Streisand to Receive Honorary Doctorate From Hebrew U.

Internationally acclaimed singer and actress Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctorate of philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem next month. Streisand, who is set to perform in Israel next month, will be presented with the award in recognition of her professional achievements, humanitarianism and dedication to the Jewish people. “Barbra Streisand’s transcendent talent […]

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Chabad Center Provides Immediate Tornado Assistance

The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma has opened its building as a shelter and is collecting supplies for families and the elderly displaced by the devastating tornado that sped through Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, leaving at least 91 dead, including 20 children, and hundreds more injured. “While we feel the pain of others, we’re […]

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U.S. Reform Jewish Seminary Reconsidering Policy Against Intermarried Students

Should the Reform movement ordain intermarried rabbis? Hebrew Union College, which is the seminary of America’s largest Jewish denomination, is considering altering its current policy, which does not allow admission to its rabbinical, cantorial or education schools of applicants who are married to or partnered with non-Jews. A growing chorus of voices — including newly-ordained […]

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Muslim Clerics to Visit Auschwitz

Fourteen Muslim clerics from across the globe will visit the former Nazi Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland this week as part of a Holocaust awareness and anti-genocide program, organizers said Friday. “This is an opportunity for imams who are influential in their communities to look at the Holocaust first hand and to go to […]

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Imprisoned Alan Gross Settles Lawsuit Against US Employer

American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, settled a negligence lawsuit against his U.S. government employer, claiming the risks associated with his mission had been underestimated. Gross and his wife, Judy, settled the suit against Development Alternatives Inc (DAI)., a for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Maryland, according […]

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Kosher Bites at the Beach

When Rabbi Yossi and Shterna Mintz opened their fledgling Chabad center in Redondo Beach, Calif., people told them it was a lost cause, saying that no Jews lived there. Seventeen years later, with a new kosher restaurant under construction and Hebrew day school on the horizon, the community has grown and developed beyond their wildest […]

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Mel Brooks’ Top 10 ‘Jewy Jewish’ Scenes

Monday night marks the national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on Mel Brooks. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of Brooks’ best Jewish clips. What exactly that means is a good question. As with two others recent subjects on the PBS series - Woody Allen and Phillip Roth (hey, guys, […]

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Introducing World’s Longest Shabbat Table

The world’s longest Shabbat table was set up recently in the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak. The table, which is 60 meters (197 feet) long, comfortably seats more than 300 people and includes all the classic Shabbat symbols: A table cloth, challah, goblets, candlesticks and more. The surprising initiative is expected to set a […]

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Drawings from Nazi Camp Displayed at Berlin Museum

Secret drawings and sketches that a Czech artist produced and kept hidden from his Nazi captors inside a World War II concentration camp went on display at the Jewish Museum in Berlin on Friday, AFP reports. Bedrich Fritta was 35 years old when he was imprisoned with his wife and baby son at the Theresienstadt […]

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To Indulge Or Not To Indulge? Something To Think About… Something To Drink About

Should we all abstain from physical pleasures in order to become more “Holy” before the Almighty? This week’s Parsha, Nasso, presents two somewhat peculiar laws back to back: The law of the Sotah – the wife suspected by her husband of committing adultery and the law of the Nazir – one who takes a vow […]

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Culture Fop / Boxing, Backstabbing and Broadway’s Jewish Golden Boy

It’s been a big year for Clifford Odets, which is particularly impressive because he died half a century ago. Two of the playwright’s productions, “Golden Boy” and “The Big Knife,” were remounted this year and, when the Tony Award nominations were announced last week, both got some love. No other writer this year was honored […]

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Venezuelan President: My Grandparents were Jewish

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, denying that his government has an anti-Semitic bent, said his grandparents were of Sephardic Jewish descent. “My grandparents were Jewish, so many of the Maduros, same as the Moors [Muslims], converted to Catholicism in Venezuela,” Maduro told Apporea, a pro-government media outlet, last week. “The mother of the Minister of Communication […]

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Bulgarian ‘Ataka’ Party Follows Neo-Nazi Global Trends

A Bulgarian far-right party has emerged victorious following the country’s parliamentary elections last Sunday, securing 7% of the popular vote. The Ataka party, meaning “Attack” in Bulgarian currently holds a key position to dictate terms for the formation of Bulgaria’s next ruling coalition, after the winning GERB party did not gain enough seats in the […]

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Celebrating Gift of Torah to Jewish People

The holiday of Shavuot, celebrated by Jews this week, is one of the three biblical pilgrim festivals in Judaism – in addition to Passover and Sukkot. In translation to English, “Shavuot” means weeks, describing the seven weeks between Passover, when the Hebrews were historically freed from Egypt, to the day when their Torah was received. […]

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Mishnayos Baal Peh and New Torah for LA Cheder

As in the past 12 years from Yud Shvat through Yud Alef Nissan, talmidim of Cheder Menachem in Los Angeles presented a special and most befitting gift for the Rebbe in honor of Yud Alef Nissan with their annual Mishnayos Baal Peh Program; together, the talmidim learned and were tested on a total of 118,547 […]

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Polish Walkway Named for Woman who Saved Jews

Polish officials have honored Irena Sendler, a Polish woman credited with saving 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, by naming a walkway in a symbolically important spot after her. The walkway is in the former Warsaw Ghetto between a monument to the Jews who fought in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the new Museum […]

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Israeli Paralympian Eyes 2016 Games in Rio

Pascale Bercovitch has a firm handshake and a ready smile. She’s hard to keep up with as she takes an elevator to a cafe on the ground floor of her gym in northern Tel Aviv and talks about her hopes to compete in 2016 in Rio De Janeiro. It’s easy to forget that she’s 45 […]

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Majority of Israelis Back Women of Wall

The majority of Israeli Jews support the Women of the Wall group, according to the latest monthly Peace Index poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University following recent altercations at the Western Wall and legal rulings on the limits of public prayer there. Israelis were surveyed on their attitudes towards […]

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British Peer Resigns Over ‘Jewish Conspiracy’ Remarks

Nazir Ahmed, the British peer who was due to face a hearing after reportedly blaming Jewish-owned media groups for his imprisonment, has resigned from the Labour Party, AFP reported on Tuesday. Lord Ahmed was due before Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee on Wednesday to explain remarks in which he allegedly blamed the Jewish-run news organizations […]

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‘Pulling an All-Nighter’ for the Sake of the Torah

David Adler has a family and runs a business, but on Tuesday night, he’ll be up late for a different reason—learning Torah. “I may not stay up all night, but I try to make it until at least midnight,” said Adler, who attends Chabad in Sandy Springs, Ga., a suburb north of Atlanta. He said […]

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Christian Churches Back Jews Facing Anti-Semitism in Hungary

When Hungarian radical right-wingers rallied against a Jewish conference in Budapest in early May, a well-known Protestant pastor hid behind the stage while his wife stepped up to the podium to denounce Jews and Israel. Lorant Hegedus could have preached the same anti-Semitism as his wife, a deputy for the populist Jobbik party in parliament. […]

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

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, […]

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