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Interview with Marvin Hamlisch

Editor’s note: In October of 2006,  prior to a fundraiser performance in Cleveland, I was fortunate to conduct a interview with Marvin Hamlisch. Through the courtesy of the Cleveland Jewish News, most of that article appears here.


Marvin Hamlisch’s credits read like American musical royalty, but, despite his many accomplishments, he is not content to sit on his laurels. He is happy when he is busy, and...

Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Israeli military has begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on July 31 ordered the Israel Defense Forces to compose guidelines for haredi army service within 30 days, and in the meantime implemented the Military Service Law of 1986 with regard to the haredi Orthodox. The...

Israeli Arabs charged with smuggling explosives for Hezbollah

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has charged eight Israeli-Arab citizens were charged with smuggling explosives into the country for Hezbollah. The residents of Nazareth and Ghajar, which is located half in Israel and half in Lebanon, were charged Wednesday in Nazareth District Court with smuggling nearly 45 pounds of explosives into Israel in June. They were arrested in July.

Israel’s Shin Bet security service said the explosives could have set off “a...

Sami Rohr, Tulane Chabad benefactor, dies at 86

(JTA) — Sami Rohr, a major philanthropist whose giving created and sustained hundreds of Chabad-Lubavitch houses around the world, including the Rohr Chabad Student Center at Tulane University, died at 86. Rohr, who died Sunday in South Florida and was buried Tuesday in Jerusalem, reportedly gave some $250 million to Jewish causes, especially Jewish education and culture, through his Rohr Family Foundation.

Rohr, a former Colombian Jewish real estate mogul who...

After rampage, Wisconsin Jews attempt to console Sikhs


(JTA) – Almost as soon as she heard the news about a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, Elana Kahn-Oren’s phone started ringing. As director of the Jewish Community Relations Council at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Kahn-Oren fielded call after call from concerned area Jews asking what they could do to help.

“We have to make sure to be respectful of the Sikh community and to...

Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relations


JERUSALEM (JTA) – The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president. Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai to quell the unrest there?

For Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, will his crackdown on militancy in the Sinai be seen...

IOC’s Rogge hears sharp criticism at London memorial


LONDON (JTA) — The president of the International Olympic Committee came under attack from successive speakers at a London memorial for the Munich 11. Jacques Rogge, who was in the audience on Monday night, was blamed for refusing to allow a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London Games in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were slain by Palestinian terrorists...

Loughner, alleged Giffords gunman, expected to plead gulity

(JTA) — Jared Lee Loughner, charged with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the deaths of six people, reportedly will change his plea to guilty.  At a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Loughner is expected to plead guilty, Politico reported Sunday, citing the Los Angeles Times as first reporting it Saturday night. He had pleaded not guilty to 49 charges connected with the shooting.

The change is reported to be in...

Team New Orleans heads to Memphis for Maccabi Games

The 2012 Maccabi Games Team organized through the  New Orleans JCC is preparing for the start of this year’s games on Sunday, August 5 in Memphis. This is the 30th anniversary of the very first Maccabi Games, Olympic-styled sports events intended solely for Jewish athletes. The New Orleans delegation of 14 athletes is headed back to the city in which the regional games began in 1982.

Elsewhere around the country...

Reform services continue at Gates of Prayer this Friday

Summer worship services for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) community  will continue at Congregation Gates of Prayer Synagogue, 4000 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie, continue this Friday evening, August 10. URJ community worship services will be held at Gates of Prayer through the end of August.

Rabbi Robert Loewy will conduct Friday night Shabbat services at 8:00 p.m. This Shabbat Ekev a musical program titled “Friday Night Live” will...