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Humoring the headlines: December 19, 2014

19 December 2014

  By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO─ One of the proportionate responses to North Korea’s hacking of Sony Pictures that President Obama is considering is taking Dennis Rodman hostage and locking him in a cell with Dick Cheney who relishes the opportunity to wire his defibrillator to Rodman’s body if North Korea ever attempts another cyberattack on […]

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Suit filed against rabbi accused of spying on mikvah

19 December 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)– Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were allegedly visualized and/or recorded while they were naked using a mikvah. (Case #14-008073, Superior Court of the District of Columbia). The case involves Rabbi Bernard Freundel, a widely-recognized religious figure and spiritual leader at […]

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Israel rejects unilateral efforts at U.N.

19 December 2014

JERUSALEM (WJC) — Israel has rejected a Palestinian plan to impose a three-year deadline to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank as a “gimmick.” A draft resolution, submitted by Jordan to the Security Council of the United Nations on Wednesday, also calls for a peace agreement to be reached within a year. Israeli […]

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SDJA offers Parent Participation class

19 December 2014

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) is offering a weekly New Parent Participation class held every Friday. “This class is for children ages birth to 18 months,” said Yael Edelstein, Director of SDJA’s Early Childhood Center, “so long as they are accompanied by an adult – whether it be a mommy, […]

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Jewish- interest license plate SARA F1

19 December 2014

SAN DIEGO–License plate maven Melanie Rubin found herself another intriguing one.  Sara, we know, was the wife of Abram — before Hashem gave them both an ‘h’ in their names to become Sarah and Abraham.  F1?– well that is known only by the driver of this car and his/her friends.  But we can imagine that […]

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Sony hacking may cast pall over Oscars

19 December 2014

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — The Oscars telecast on February 22 is most likely to be a toned-down event from the usual fare in the wake of the massive international hacking of the Sony Picture Entertainment computer system. Whereas past Oscars presented millions of TV viewers worldwide with ribald jokes and trendy selfies […]

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Symbolic European votes just posturing

19 December 2014

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It sounds worse than it really is. This is an optimist’s view of Israel’s condition with itself and in the world. Most of the resolutions seeming to recognize a Palestinian state are advisory. Resolutions expressing the sense of the house, but not requiring action, are a dime a dozen among […]

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Reflecting on the Maccabees victory

19 December 2014

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO –The Talmud tells us that after the Greeks were defeated and expelled from the Land of Israel, the Maccabees entered the Temple and removed all of the pagan idols that had been placed there. They cleaned the Temple and rededicated it to the worship of God. The Talmud adds that […]

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Islamic terrorism strikes not only in Israel

19 December 2014

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — Are we going to have to cut ourselves off from the news and other media, in order to hold on to our mental equanimity? This week has been particularly hard for consumers of the news media, like myself. Many people thought that the evil that threatened the world had […]

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JNS news briefs: December 19, 2014

19 December 2014

Israeli-Canadian architect wins prestigious award for Singapore hotel (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie with its 2015 Gold Medal for his international work in planning structures in public and cultural spaces. The AIA Gold Medal is considered the most prestigious award in the field […]

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Brafman wins Pursuit of Justice award

18 December 2014

NEW YORK (Press Release) — The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ) presented its 2014 Pursuit of Justice award on December 15 to renowned criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Shearith Israel.  Attorney Brafman joined a lengthy list of distinguished lawyers and judges who previously received the AAJLJ’s […]

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Congress gives taxpayers a Chanukah gift

18 December 2014

By Sheryl Rowling SAN DIEGO — Hanukkah has brought us a gift from Congress. The latest “Tax Extender” bill allows deductible charitable contributions to be made directly from your IRA. Why is this a benefit, you might ask? Ordinarily, a charitable deduction is an itemized deduction that can be subject to phase-outs (reducing your tax […]

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National Jewish Museum seeks LGBT anecdotes

18 December 2014

PHILADELPHIA (Press Release)–In anticipation of Philadelphia’s citywide commemoration of the gay rights movement in 2015, the National Museum of American Jewish History is launching “LGBT Stories: A Collecting Project,” a new website that focuses on Jewish Americans in the barrier-breaking movement for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights during the twentieth century and beyond. “The […]

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Taglit ready for second cohort of Fellows

18 December 2014

JERUSALEM (Press Release)– As the first graduates of the Taglit Fellows program begin staffing Winter 2014/2015 trips and look to positively affect the Jewish journeys of their trip participants, the Taglit-Birthright Israel organization is preparing to host its second cohort of 100 Taglit Fellows at a training seminar in late January due to the already […]

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