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Knesset’s Danny Danon: unapologetic Israeli nationalism

By URIEL HEILMAN

JERUSALEM (JTA) – If there’s one thing Danny Danon doesn’t do, it’s shy away from controversy. Danon, a deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and chairman of World Likud, has come under fire for describing African migrants in Israel as a “national plague,” for hosting controversial U.S. TV personality Glenn Beck at the Knesset and for demanding government investigations of left-wing NGOs.

Though Danon is in his first...

Melton “tastes” to be offered in August

Florence Melton Adult Mini-School director Debbie Pesses has announced two “tastes of Melton” to be held in August. The all-inclusive Melton school is a two-year opportunity for adult Jewish learning taught by rabbis and educators from the local community. Each “taste of Melton” is designed to introduce interested persons to the Melton core curriculum. The first “taste” will be held on Tuesday, August 14 at the Goldring-Woldenberg JCC campus in...

Denver-area Jews mourn, seek to help victims

By CHARLOTTE ANTHONY

(JTA) — As Colorado and the nation tried to absorb the tragic massacre in a suburban Denver movie theater, local synagogues conducted special prayers and the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado launched a response fund for the victims and their families. Early Friday morning, James Eagen Holmes allegedly walked into a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora presenting a midnight showing of the new “Batman” movie,...

CCJN announces its first survey

The Crescent City Jewish News is anxious to connect to its readership in many ways. To that end the Voice of New Orleans’ Jewish community is looking for feedback to aid the staff in supporting its mission. A survey to solicit answers to questions has been instituted. The short 10 question survey is intended to get feedback from the readership to fine tune areas according to their wishes. Although this...

Lee Zurik nabs three N.O. Press Club Awards

Lee Zurik, WVUE Fox 8 investigative reporter, picked up three first place awards last night at the 54th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the Press Club of New Orleans. Zurik, a native New Orleanian and local community member, won a first place nod for  TV Continuing Coverage, along with his producer Marcy Planer for his piece “Swiped,” which detailed questionable credit card spending practices by local officials. Zurik...

In a new network, cancer survivors are finding understanding

By CHARLOTTE ANTHONY

NEW YORK (JTA) — Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge — having lost touch with many of her friends — is making new friends who understand what she’s been through. “Most people don’t even realize that they’ve completely lost touch with you and that’s the thing you need the most,” said Bibring, of...

Rushing to preserve Ladino legacies

By CHARLOTTE ANTHONY

NEW YORK (JTA) — Isaac Azose knew he had a treasure in his hands — a nearly century-old booklet for Ladino-speaking Jews immigrating to the United States that featured English, Ladino and Yiddish expressions to help them acculturate into their new communities.  “I thought to myself, I’ve got a real find here,” said Azose, the cantor at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle, Wash., whose family came from...

Deadly Bulgaria survivors recall chaos, tragedy

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Vered Kuza was standing with her daughter, Amit, on an airport shuttle bus at Sarafovo International Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, when she suddenly heard a blast. “It’s an attack!” Kuza, 54, shouted at Amit, 26. “We need to get out of here!” She pushed her daughter through the door just as the bus exploded. Kuza was knocked unconscious. Her daughter landed on the...

Bulgarian bombing attributed to suicide bomber with fake ID

Bulgarian officials released video surveillance pictures of the man they suspect was the suicide bomber in yesterday’s terrorist attack at Sarvofo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria. The video pictures show a tourist wearing sunglasses, a cap, T-shirt and shorts and bearing an oversized backpack on his shoulders. The attack killed five Israelis, the bus driver and the bomber, whom officials stated was carrying a fake Michigan state identification card.

Authorities said...

JFNA issues statement on Bulgarian bombing

Following the deadly bombing today in ‘Bulgaria, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) released the following statement: “We are shocked and saddened by the bus bombing targeting innocent young Israelis traveling to Bulgaria,” said Kathy Manning, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Board of Trustees. “On behalf of The Jewish Federations, we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and stand shoulder to shoulder...