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U. S. refuses demands via Jewish prisoner

United States officials confirmed they will not consider dealing with terrorists from the Al Queda network, who captured Jewish American worker Warren Weinstein in Pakistan. Weinstein was seen for the first time since his capture in a video posted to an Al Queda website in early May. Weinstein delivered an emotional online message in which he listed eight demands the U.S. needs to take in order to prevent his execution....

Gertrude Stein unlisted in White House proclamation

In a tradition begun in the George W. Bush administration, the White House released a proclamation declaring the month of May as “Jewish American Heritage Month.”  As part of the proclamation, several well-known Jewish figures were cited and acknowledged for their various contributions. However, following objections from Jewish scholars and leaders, a revised proclamation was issued on May 3 to exclude the name of Gertrude Stein as a “Jew who brought to...

London mayor wins re-election bid

London Mayor Boris Johnson won his bid for re-election last week. Johnson ran against the previous mayor, Ken “Red” Livingstone, who served in office 2000-2008. Livingston, a member of the British Labor Party has been cited for several anti-Semitic comments he has made and has been criticized by Jews and backers of the State of Israel for his open support of extreme and radical Islamic groups. This was Livingstone’s second...

Knesset approves sterner anti-smoking measures

Israel’s Knesset approved more anti-smoking measures on Wednesday, May 2.  These new stricter laws will be implemented in one month. Smoking will no longer be allowed at public events, outdoor sites (including the kotel or Western Wall) bus stops, outdoor concert venues, nor within ten yards of a medical clinic or a hospital entrance.  Smoking will still be permitted at stadiums.   The Deputy Health Minister is required by law to submit a report annually to...

U. S. Religion Census results released

According to the findings of its 2010 U. S. Religion Census released last week, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies confirmed that Christians including Catholics, Southern Baptists and unaffiliated evangelicals continue to be the largest groups in each state. According to the study,  the Roman Catholic Church maintained its position as the most populous church with about 59 million adherents. However, the study indicated the...

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch succumbs to cancer

Adam Yauch, aka MCA and one of the founding members of the all Jewish troupe of New York City rappers known as the Beastie Boys, died Friday of cancer. Yaunch was 47. At the time that the three Beastie Boys began their career in the 1980s, the hip-hop and rap scene was virtually a black landscape. Yauch along with fellow rappers Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Mike Diamond (Mike D), founded...

Boutté headlines 21st Jazz Fest Shabbat

John Boutté, a featured performer on the HBO series “Treme,” headlined the 24th annual Jazz Fest Shabbat held at Touro Synagogue on Friday, April 27.

Attendees at the historic St. Charles Avenue sanctuary filled most every seat, enjoying a memorable night of prayer and revelry that marked the first weekend of the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Cantor Jaime Marks performed with the Panorama Jazz Band and...

Israeli judoka heading to London

Arik Ze’evi, the Israeli bronze medal winner at the 2004 Summer Olympics, is heading to the 2012 summer games after he won the gold medal at the European Judo Championships yesterday in Chelyabinsk, Russia. This marks the fourth time the 35-year-old has won a European gold medal and gives him an 8 in the world judo rankings. He is the oldest gold judo champion on record.

Hadassah National President cleared of improprieties

Following the Bernie Madoff scandal, Hadassah Chief Operating Officer Larry Blum levied accusations of wrongdoing against then national treasurer and current national president Marcie Natan and then national president Nancy Falchuk. An investigation was launched by the American women’s Zionist organization by the independent law firm of  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP and headed by attorney Dan Kurtz.

In his final report issued on April 18 Kurtz announced:...

Israeli Windsurfers Headed to Summer Games

Two Israeli windsurfers came home in December with medals secured at the Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia.  Lee Korzits and Nimrod Mashiah both earned a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London, England in July and August. Korzits won the women’s gold medal in windsurfing and Nimrod Mashiah won the men’s bronze medal. Mashiah, ranked second in the world standings at the time...